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RE: Shakespeare in Modern Music
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0393.  Monday, 31 March 1997.

[1]     From:   Matthew Hansen
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        Date:   Thursday, 27 Mar 1997 13:04:41 +0000 (GMT)
        Subj:   RE: Shakespeare in Modern Music

[2]     From:   Wes Folkerth <
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        Date:   Thursday, 27 Mar 1997 09:00:50 -0500
        Subj:   Mod Music Shakespeare

[3]     From:   David Lindley" <
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        Date:   Thursday, 27 Mar 1997 16:02:34 GMT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0389  Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music

[4]     From:   Mark Mann <
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        Date:   Thursday, 27 Mar 1997 12:27:11 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0388 Qs: Sh. Mod. Music

[5]     From:   K. Graham <
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        Date:   Thursday, 27 Mar 1997 10:55:39 -0700 (MST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0389  Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music

[6]     From:   Charles Ross <
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        Date:   Thursday, 27 Mar 1997 16:29:21 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0389 Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music

[7]     From:   Sam Schimek <
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        Date:   Thursday, 27 Mar 1997 16:26:14 -0700
        Subj:   Shakespeare and Modern Music

[8]     From:   Shaul Bassi <
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        Date:   Monday, 31 Mar 1997 15:40:32 +0200 (METDST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0388  Qs: Sh. Mod. Music


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From:           Matthew Hansen <
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Date:           Thursday, 27 Mar 1997 13:04:41 +0000 (GMT)
Subject:        RE: Shakespeare in Modern Music

For Georgianna Ziegler,

It is with extreme caution that I submit my first public posting to
SHAKSPER.  I shall return to my silent post behind the arras hopefully
before the knives are out.

I do, however, have a few additions to Georgianna's catalogue of modern
musical Shakespeare allusions.

XTC have a song on their album Nonsuch (which is noticeably
Shakespearean and Elizabethan in its physical design) entitled "My Bird
Performs" the song contains the line "Shakespeare's sonnets leave me
cold/  The Drama, Stage, and the high-brow prose."

The Smiths have a song called "Shakespeare's Sister" and of course there
was also later a band of the same name.

There was a (now alas defunct) Minneapolis-based band that called
themselves Trip Shakespeare.  My memory is not recalling immediate song
allusions though they are certainly there.  They do have one song
entitled "Pearl" which the lyrics reveal to be very allusive to the poem
of the same name. I am still trying to work out whether I love that band
because of its name (and very intelligent music) or if I decided to
specialise in Early Modern Studies because I love that band.  In all
likelihood the two elements are mutually exclusive.  And more
information than you cared to know.

I also have a CD somewhere from a band that called themselves the
Merchants of Venus.

Related, but indirectly:

Deep Blue Something (recent top ten single equaled "Breakfast at
Tiffany's") have a track entitled "Gammer Gurten's Needle".  I'm not
sure if the mis-spelling is theirs or if it originates in the catalogue
advertising their album that I read a few days ago.

Yours,
Matt

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From:           Wes Folkerth <
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Date:           Thursday, 27 Mar 1997 09:00:50 -0500
Subject:        Mod Music Shakespeare

Here's another one,

Back in the late 60s when Fleetwood Mac was still a blues band, Peter
Green titled their first album "Then Play On," a slight paraphrase from
TN.  Shakespeare leaves the "then" out of the if...then construction,
"If music be the food of love, play on."

Wes Folkerth

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From:           David Lindley" <
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Date:           Thursday, 27 Mar 1997 16:02:34 GMT
Subject: 8.0389  Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0389  Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music

I wonder if the fact that Romeo and Juliet turn up in a song by Dire
Straits has anything to do with the fact that Mark Knopfler is a
graduate in English from Leeds University?

David Lindley
School of English
University of Leeds

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From:           Mark Mann <
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Date:           Thursday, 27 Mar 1997 12:27:11 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.0388 Qs: Sh. Mod. Music
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0388 Qs: Sh. Mod. Music

<< Do any of you out there know places in modern music where Shakespeare
is mentioned?   >>

As I recall, Sting's album The Dream of the Blue Turtles, contains a
song with Shakespearean references, though I'm damned if I can remember
what it is. It is mentioned in the liner notes, though.....cheers, Mark
Mann

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Date:           Thursday, 27 Mar 1997 10:55:39 -0700 (MST)
Subject: 8.0389  Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0389  Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music

Harry Chapin's "There Only Was One Choice" (reference to Hamlet) hasn't
been mentioned yet.  Also, didn't The Band have a song that mentioned
Ophelia?

Ken Graham
New Mexico State University

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Date:           Thursday, 27 Mar 1997 16:29:21 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.0389 Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0389 Re: Shakespeare and Modern Music

Re Georgina Ziegler's pop music request: Does anyone remember Donovan
from the 60s? He recorded "Under the Greenwood Tree" on one of his
albums.

Charlie Ross
Purdue

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From:           Sam Schimek <
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Date:           Thursday, 27 Mar 1997 16:26:14 -0700
Subject:        Shakespeare and Modern Music

The following is has been put together by the Elvis Costello list who
always like to help. Many thanks are due to these fine people. I did not
include references to historical personages unless it was clear that the
reference was based on the play. (Cleopatra, Henry VIII (Saving us a
reference to Herman's Hermits)) Lyrics are included when the reference
is not obvious and the original poster included them. Let me know if you
need more, this thread is pretty  active. My only comment is that I can
guess what a lot of people had to read in high school.

Adamson, Barry
        Something Wicked This Way Comes
Alvin, Dave
        Romeo's Escape.
Beatles, The
        I am the Walrus
Big Audio Dynamite
        Over The Rise
Bon Jovi
        Romeo is Bleeding
Cherry, Neneh
        Buddy X
Costello, Elvis
        Crimes of Paris
        Juliet Letters, The (album)
        Just A Memory - "...better take another measure for measure"
        Miss Macbeth
        Mystery Dance
        Terror and Magnificence
Counting Crows
        Miller's Angels
Dire Straits
        Romeo & Juliet
Dixon, Don
        Romeo at Julliard (album)
        Romeo
Dylan, Bob
        Desolation Row - "Now Ophelia, she's 'neath the window
                          For her I feel so afraid
                          On her twenty-second birthday
                          She already is an old maid"
        Highway 61 Revisited - "Now the fifth daughter on the TWELFTH
NIGHT
        Stuck inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again
                                "Shakespeare, he's in the alley.."
Forbert, Steve
        Romeo's Tune
Hagar, Sammy
        Rock 'n' Roll Romeo
Indigo Girls
        Romeo & Juliet (cover of Dire Straits version)
        Touch Me Fall
Morrissey
        King Leer
Parton, Dolly
        Romeo
Penn, Michael
        No Myth -  "What if I was Romeo in black jeans ..."
Reed, Lou
        Romeo Had Juliette
The Smiths
        Shakespeare's Sister
Sting
        Nothing Like the Sun (Album)
        Consider Me Gone
Waits, Tom
        Romeo is Bleeding
Wasserman, Rob
        Put Your Big Toe in the Milk of Human Kindness (w/Elvis
Costello)
XTC
        My Bird Performs - "Shakespeare's sonnets leave me cold
                            The drama stage, the high brow prose"
        Omnibus - "Ain't nothing in the world like a black skinned girl
                  Make your Shakespeare hard and make your oyster pearl"

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Date:           Monday, 31 Mar 1997 15:40:32 +0200 (METDST)
Subject: 8.0388  Qs: Sh. Mod. Music
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0388  Qs: Sh. Mod. Music

Laurie Anderson has a beautiful song, "Blue Lagoon" (in *Mr.
Heartbreak*) in which she sings "Full fathom five".
An anecdote from Italy: Ron, winner of the 1996 San Remo Festival (the
most important and tacky musical contest in the country) with "Vorrei
incontrarti tra cent'anni" (I wish I could meet you in a hundred years)
was accused of having plagiarized one of Shakespeare's sonnets, and
risked losing the award because the song was not "original"... all
singers are warned!

Shaul Bassi
(Venezia, Italy)
 

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