History ShownTheirWork / Music

18th Jan '17 4:01:00 PM Xtifr
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* The albums ''Michigan'' and ''Illinois'' by SufjanStevens are filled with references to their respective namesakes. Initially, Sufjan claimed that he was planning similar albums ''all fifty US states'', but he's since given up on that (if he was ever serious to begin with).

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* The albums ''Michigan'' and ''Illinois'' by SufjanStevens Music/SufjanStevens are filled with references to their respective namesakes. Initially, Sufjan claimed that he was planning similar albums ''all fifty US states'', but he's since given up on that (if he was ever serious to begin with).
12th Jan '17 10:27:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheyMightBeGiants has tons of songs like this, like "Meet James Ensor" and "James K. Polk".

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* TheyMightBeGiants Music/TheyMightBeGiants has tons of songs like this, like "Meet James Ensor" and "James K. Polk".



* Manowar's song, Achiles, Agony, Triumph and Ecstasy is an accurate retelling of the Illiad as it pertains to Achiles and Hector. Even using actual quotes from Homer's epic; "stones falls as snow from the sky", for one. Their songs on Myth/NorseMythology are also fairly accurate for a non-Scandinavian Viking metal band, if only due to their enthusiasm for the subject. ''Odin'' in particular is basically a retelling of Odin's quest for knowledge, from giving up his eye to Mimir's well and to spearing himself upside down on Yggdrassil for 9 days and nights. Once again, quotations are used; "the will to be a sacrifice of myself unto myself" is indeed how Odin is said to describe his hanging in one of the Eddas.

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* Manowar's Music/{{Manowar}}'s song, Achiles, Agony, Triumph and Ecstasy is an accurate retelling of the Illiad as it pertains to Achiles and Hector. Even using actual quotes from Homer's epic; "stones falls as snow from the sky", for one. Their songs on Myth/NorseMythology are also fairly accurate for a non-Scandinavian Viking metal band, if only due to their enthusiasm for the subject. ''Odin'' in particular is basically a retelling of Odin's quest for knowledge, from giving up his eye to Mimir's well and to spearing himself upside down on Yggdrassil for 9 days and nights. Once again, quotations are used; "the will to be a sacrifice of myself unto myself" is indeed how Odin is said to describe his hanging in one of the Eddas.



* Hansi Kürsch does this frequently, with both Music/BlindGuardian and DemonsAndWizards probably because he's very much OneOfUs, a hardcore HighFantasy nerd - with many of his lyrics, practically every phrase is a reference to whatever bit of fantasy, mythology, or history the song is about; figuring them out can be quite fun. On the other hand, the introduction to a song in the middle of a heavy metal concert ''might'' not be the best time to start rambling about Creator/RichardWagner's ''Theatre/DerRingDesNibelungen''...

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* Hansi Kürsch does this frequently, with both Music/BlindGuardian and DemonsAndWizards Music/DemonsAndWizards probably because he's very much OneOfUs, a hardcore HighFantasy nerd - with many of his lyrics, practically every phrase is a reference to whatever bit of fantasy, mythology, or history the song is about; figuring them out can be quite fun. On the other hand, the introduction to a song in the middle of a heavy metal concert ''might'' not be the best time to start rambling about Creator/RichardWagner's ''Theatre/DerRingDesNibelungen''...
8th Aug '16 3:33:06 PM Gerusz
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** "The Empire of the Clouds" tells the accurate story of the R-101's maiden flight.

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** "The Empire "Empire of the Clouds" tells the accurate story of the R-101's maiden flight.
8th Aug '16 3:32:01 PM Gerusz
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** "The Empire of the Clouds" tells the accurate story of the R-101's maiden flight.
10th May '16 10:01:57 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* Mark Knopfler's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJT757ek1GA Border Reiver]]" is a simple truck driver's ode to his truck, but also references the history of the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Border_Reivers border reivers]]" who lived in the "Debatable Lands" between Scotland and England several centuries ago. Explained in detail [[http://www.carlustblog.com/2010/12/sure-as-the-sunrise.html here]].

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* Mark Knopfler's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJT757ek1GA Border Reiver]]" is a simple truck driver's ode to his truck, but also references the history of the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Border_Reivers border reivers]]" who lived in the "Debatable Lands" between Scotland and England several centuries ago. Explained in detail [[http://www.carlustblog.com/2010/12/sure-as-the-sunrise.html here]].here]].
* It's made quite clear that Music/{{Cormorant}} put a lot of thought, heart and care into their research for song lyrics, being very accurate to history and reading like poetry that is praised both in and out of metal fans. To make it better, they base a lot of the music itself off of the lyrics, bonding the two closely.
5th May '16 4:28:16 PM nombretomado
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* Weird Al Yankovic in "Living with a Hernia". Halfway through the song he starts listing all types of hernias, from incomplete to direct, to a group of medical students.

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* Weird Al Yankovic Music/WeirdAlYankovic in "Living with a Hernia". Halfway through the song he starts listing all types of hernias, from incomplete to direct, to a group of medical students.



* DavidBowie's RockOpera ''1. Outside'' takes place in a TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture setting in which [[Main/MadArtist mad artists]] use violent crimes and even, as the story begins, murder as the basis for works of art. The Bowie-penned short story, "The Diary of Nathan Adler" (Adler being the detective investigating the murder), that makes up the bulk of the liner notes not only establishes the album's storyline and characters, but also weaves in stories of the "precursors" of the art-crime movement. These are mostly RealLife 20th century artists of the offensive and/or TrueArtIsIncomprehensible schools (Hermann Nitsch, Chris Burden, Damien Hirst, Ron Athey, and Guy Bourdin), and their often-grisly exploits do indeed make the setting more plausible than it might have been otherwise...

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* DavidBowie's Music/DavidBowie's RockOpera ''1. Outside'' takes place in a TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture setting in which [[Main/MadArtist mad artists]] use violent crimes and even, as the story begins, murder as the basis for works of art. The Bowie-penned short story, "The Diary of Nathan Adler" (Adler being the detective investigating the murder), that makes up the bulk of the liner notes not only establishes the album's storyline and characters, but also weaves in stories of the "precursors" of the art-crime movement. These are mostly RealLife 20th century artists of the offensive and/or TrueArtIsIncomprehensible schools (Hermann Nitsch, Chris Burden, Damien Hirst, Ron Athey, and Guy Bourdin), and their often-grisly exploits do indeed make the setting more plausible than it might have been otherwise...
22nd Sep '15 8:47:57 PM nombretomado
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* Manowar's song, Achiles, Agony, Triumph and Ecstasy is an accurate retelling of the Illiad as it pertains to Achiles and Hector. Even using actual quotes from Homer's epic; "stones falls as snow from the sky", for one. Their songs on NorseMythology are also fairly accurate for a non-Scandinavian Viking metal band, if only due to their enthusiasm for the subject. ''Odin'' in particular is basically a retelling of Odin's quest for knowledge, from giving up his eye to Mimir's well and to spearing himself upside down on Yggdrassil for 9 days and nights. Once again, quotations are used; "the will to be a sacrifice of myself unto myself" is indeed how Odin is said to describe his hanging in one of the Eddas.

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* Manowar's song, Achiles, Agony, Triumph and Ecstasy is an accurate retelling of the Illiad as it pertains to Achiles and Hector. Even using actual quotes from Homer's epic; "stones falls as snow from the sky", for one. Their songs on NorseMythology Myth/NorseMythology are also fairly accurate for a non-Scandinavian Viking metal band, if only due to their enthusiasm for the subject. ''Odin'' in particular is basically a retelling of Odin's quest for knowledge, from giving up his eye to Mimir's well and to spearing himself upside down on Yggdrassil for 9 days and nights. Once again, quotations are used; "the will to be a sacrifice of myself unto myself" is indeed how Odin is said to describe his hanging in one of the Eddas.



* Music/{{Enslaved}} ''really'' know their NorseMythology.

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* Music/{{Enslaved}} ''really'' know their NorseMythology.Myth/NorseMythology.
26th May '15 5:23:41 AM BabyM
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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Past,_Present_and_Future ''Past Present and Future'']] is a concept album about the Twentieth Century, containing songs about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Fisher British Admiral Jacky Fisher]] (the poignant "Old Admirals"), the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_of_the_long_knives Night of the Long Knives]] ("The Last Day of June 1934"), and the scandals of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Harding#Administrative_scandals Harding administration]] ("WarrenHarding"). The epic [[http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/140258/ "Roads to Moscow"]] compresses the entire story of the [[UsefulNotes/SecondWorldWar Eastern Front]] down to just under eight minutes; Stewart is said to have read seventy books on the subject before writing the lyrics.

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** [[http://en.''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Past,_Present_and_Future ''Past Past Present and Future'']] Future]]'' is a concept album about the Twentieth Century, containing songs about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Fisher British Admiral Jacky Fisher]] (the poignant "Old Admirals"), the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_of_the_long_knives Night of the Long Knives]] ("The Last Day of June 1934"), and the scandals of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Harding#Administrative_scandals Harding administration]] ("WarrenHarding"). The epic [[http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/140258/ "Roads to Moscow"]] compresses the entire story of the [[UsefulNotes/SecondWorldWar Eastern Front]] down to just under eight minutes; Stewart is said to have read seventy books on the subject before writing the lyrics.
22nd May '15 6:26:39 AM BabyM
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* Music/{{Enslaved}} ''really'' know their NorseMythology.

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* Music/{{Enslaved}} ''really'' know their NorseMythology.NorseMythology.
* Mark Knopfler's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJT757ek1GA Border Reiver]]" is a simple truck driver's ode to his truck, but also references the history of the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Border_Reivers border reivers]]" who lived in the "Debatable Lands" between Scotland and England several centuries ago. Explained in detail [[http://www.carlustblog.com/2010/12/sure-as-the-sunrise.html here]].
22nd May '15 6:19:43 AM BabyM
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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Past,_Present_and_Future ''Past Present and Future'']] is a concept album about the Twentieth Century, containing songs about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Fisher British Admiral Jacky Fisher]] (the poignant "Old Admirals"), the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_of_the_long_knives Night of the Long Knives]] ("The Last Day of June 1934"), and the scandals of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Harding# Administrative_scandals Harding administration]] ("WarrenHarding"). The epic [[http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/140258/ "Roads to Moscow"]] compresses the entire story of the [[UsefulNotes/SecondWorldWar Eastern Front]] down to just under eight minutes; Stewart is said to have read seventy books on the subject before writing the lyrics.

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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Past,_Present_and_Future ''Past Present and Future'']] is a concept album about the Twentieth Century, containing songs about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Fisher British Admiral Jacky Fisher]] (the poignant "Old Admirals"), the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_of_the_long_knives Night of the Long Knives]] ("The Last Day of June 1934"), and the scandals of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Harding# Administrative_scandals org/wiki/Warren_Harding#Administrative_scandals Harding administration]] ("WarrenHarding"). The epic [[http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/140258/ "Roads to Moscow"]] compresses the entire story of the [[UsefulNotes/SecondWorldWar Eastern Front]] down to just under eight minutes; Stewart is said to have read seventy books on the subject before writing the lyrics.
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