Thank Broadsheet it’s Friday.

To celebrate the weekend I’m giving away a highly coveted Golden Discs voucher worth an eye-popping €25.

To enter simply tell me below what is your favourite song which has a person’s name in the title and why?

Here’s mine.

Lines remain open at 6am [Sunday].

Please include video link where possible.

Nick says: Good luck!

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74 thoughts on “Win Nick’s Voucher

  1. Smith

    Pablo Picasso
    by The Modern Lovers

    “Well some people try to pick up girls
    And get called assholes
    This never happened to Pablo Picasso”

    Nothing else to add!

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  2. f_lawless

    KIm Carnes cover of ‘Betty Davis Eyes’ from 1981. I can’t put my finger on why someone who sounds like they’re suffering from a bad case of laryngitis would sound so appealing and emotive – maybe because it sounds like how your voice might go when you’re consumed with emotion, not sure.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyRosnwO_mg

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  3. Specific Gravity

    I will leave behind all of my clothes
    I wore when I was with you
    All I need’s my railroad boots
    And my leather jacket

    As I say goodbye to Ruby’s arms
    Although my heart is breaking
    I will steal away out through your blinds
    For soon you will be waking

    The morning light has washed your face
    And everything is turning blue now
    Hold on to your pillow case
    There’s nothing I can do now

    As I say goodbye to Ruby’s arms
    You’ll find another soldier
    And I swear to God by Christmas time
    There’ll be someone else to hold you

    The only thing I’m taking is
    The scarf off of your clothesline
    I’ll hurry past your chest of drawers
    And your broken window chimes

    As I say goodbye
    I’ll say goodbye
    Say goodbye to Ruby’s arms

    I’ll feel my way down the darken hall
    And out into the morning
    The hobos at the freight yards
    Have kept their fires burning

    So Jesus Christ this goddamn rain
    Will someone put me on a train
    I’ll never kiss your lips again
    Or break your heart

    As I say goodbye
    I’ll say goodbye
    Say goodbye to Ruby’s arms

    Ruby’s Arms, Tom Waits

    Great version here
    https://youtu.be/iUkzgepeYmk

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  4. Rosette of Sirius

    There are so so many I want to play with here….! but to be fair I’ll go with this one from my teens.

    Come on Eileen… Dexy’s Midnight Runners.

    I’ll never forget seeing them perform this on TOTP for the first time. I was a serious teen with a sharp Led Zep and Black Sabbath addiction. But this masterful piece of pop came on and it was impossible not to love it.

    Their second no 1 after Geno (oops!). Song of 1982 if not the song of the decade.

    Too Rye Ay indeed….!

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  5. Niall

    Bell X1

    Rocky took a Lover.

    In the video below Paul Noonan explains who Rocky was and the events which inspired him to write it.
    The song is a funny, tender story which reminds me that, regardless of our circumstances, we’re all searching for the comfort of human connection.
    Also if the lyric: “ then why is my arse the perfect height for kicking” doesn’t make you smile then you have my pity.

    https://youtu.be/96xohVexRnE

    Also Eve the Apple of my Eye to continue the name theme…..

    https://youtu.be/pb1qW_g2a50

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  6. scottser

    Chuck Berry had a bucketful. Johnny b Goode Nadine, Carol, little Queenie, Maybelline, Joe Joe Gunne, Little Marie, Anthony Boy,..

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  7. :-Joe

    Hurricane – Bob Dylan

    I always found it a little annoying how many people would cite Dylan as the best of this and the best of that until, many years ago, thankfully I heard this song and my bias disolved and effectively I snapped out of my bad ideology…

    “Hurricane” is like making a murderer or any other true to life, quality and riveting documentary done in a kind of trad opera song form before netflix, streaming or broadband was even a twinkle in a fax modem.users eye.

    You just can’t deny him as one of the true great songwriters. Ok, that’s obvious to most but in fact I was wrong a second time after this, even paying to listen to him mumbling is probably worth ten times the admission price…

    Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Patty Valentine, Bello, Bradley, Dexter, the cops, the D.A., Judge authorities, justice system, newspapers, dead bodies and mysterious men, women and all the racism of Paterson New Jersey…. take your pick, it’s all great and mostly true…

    Even Buddha get’s a mention in there too…

    :-J

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      1. Slightly Bemused

        I did know that, and yes, it is really cool of them.

        Unfortunately you also pointed out that the entry is ineligible, as Chiquitita is not a name :(

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  8. :-Joe

    Lola – The Kinks

    Why?.. Great songwriter, singer, band, song, riff and that lyric “Well I’m not the world’s most physical guy… But when she squeezed me tight she nearly broke my spine, Oh my Lola la-la-la-la Lola”
    Kinky… -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20C1cpnYjMo

    :-J

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  9. Cool_Hand_Lucan

    Philby – Rory Gallagher

    Not a love song but a rocking track about Soviet spy Kim Philby. It’s a Cold War story told in a 4 minute belter.

    Probably my favourite Rory track and it’s up there amongst my favourite Irish tracks of all time.

    https://youtu.be/WlEQOmGISHM

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    1. Boj

      Good choice. The dulcimer sounds are just amazing. The combo of this with the rocking drum beat and changes does indeed make this one of Rory’s best ever tune.

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  10. Paulus

    I dreamt last night I saw Joe Hill as live as you and me.
    Said I; “But Joe you’re ten years dead”
    “I never died said he…I never died said he”.

    (..working from memory here).

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  11. Liam Deliverance

    Elton John – Bennie and the Jets

    Recorded in 1973 for Elton Johns 10th album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, it was written by Elton and long term writing partner Bernie Taupin.The intro is unmistakable and gets the foot a-tappin’ straight away. Bennie and her Jets are a fictional glam-rock style band and the song was meant to serve as a satire to the pop music industry at the time. Elton John and the band worried that the song was un-original and plain but it enjoyed huge success in the US and Canada. This live version works really well with the audience providing accompaniment to the rhythm and Elton John providing his usual flair, passion and a wonderful vocal. This track has been a troublesome ear-worm for me in the past and I will most likely wake up some morning this week only to make the mistake of singing Buh-Buh-Buh Bennie! and therefore resigning myself to another day of it.

    “Oh but they’re weird and they’re wonderful
    Oh Bennie, she’s really keen
    She’s got electric boots
    A mohair suit
    You know I read it in a magazine
    B-B-B-Bennie and the Jets”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5zFpctrgjs

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