July 2018

Andy Warhol would have celebrated his 90th birthday this week, the pop artist made an impact on music by helping introduce the influential Velvet Underground to the world, as well as designing album covers and music videos. Warhol’s indirect influence on music is significant as well, there are many musicians who name drop the artist in their songs. Here’s a look at some of them along with a somewhat comprehensive* list of songs that mention Andy Warhol.

“Andy Warhol” - Dana Gillespie

This song about Warhol is best known from David Bowie’s 1971 album “Hunky Dory”. This version is sung by Dana Gillespie, a friend of Bowie’s who sang backup on his “Ziggy Stardust” album. Gillespie actually recorded her version about the same time as Bowie recorded his, but her version wasn’t released until 1973. Both the Bowie and Gillespie versions feature Mick Ronson on guitar. Bowie sent Warhol an advance copy of the song (which now lives in the collection of the Warhol Museum) but according to a 1987 interview, Bowie was never sure if Warhol liked it or not.

Andy’s Chest” - Lou Reed 

This track just name checks Warhol in the title, but was inspired by the 1968 incident where Warhol was shot in the chest multiple times by Valerie Solanas.  Originally recorded by the Velvet Underground in 1969, Reed shelved the song until 1972 when he released it on his “Transformer” album (The VU’s version would eventually be released in 1985) .  The reference to Andy’s chest is of the multitude of scars left behind from the shooting, which damaged his spleen, lungs, stomach, liver and esophagus. Although Warhol usually hid his scars, he did show them for a series of 1969 photographs by Richard Avedon. Reed wrote about Warhol in song more than once, in 1990, he and John Cale recorded “Songs for Drella” an entire album of songs about Warhol’s life.

"A Simple Desultory Philippic" - Simon & Garfunkel

The subtitle to this 1965 Paul Simon composition is “How I Was Robert McNamara’d into Submission”, and features Simon & Garfunkel doing their best Bob Dylan impression.  Name dropping many cultural figures from the 60’s like Jack Kerouac, John Lennon, Cassius Clay, Lenny Bruce, Dylan Thomas and of course, Andy Warhol. Certainly, Simon and Garfunkel are having some fun poking fun at Bob Dylan, and American culture at the time.   

“Chocolate Cake” - Crowded House

Among of the more better-known songs that mention Warhol, The Finn Brothers do their fare share of name dropping on this track (including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elvis Presley, Tammy Faye Bakker, Pablo Picasso). Critical of the culture of consumption, Warhol is mentioned as “spinning in his grave” at the notion of “cheap Picasso fakes”.

“Drunk in Love” - Beyonce (feat. Jay-Z)

After Warhol’s death, his individual paintings were valued in the millions, his name began to appear in songs as a thing. Warhol’s work took on a level of status, having the ability to buy a Warhol was a way of showing off wealth.  Jay-Z and Beyonce are said to have a sizable art collection and he name drops Warhol here, in this case “messing up” his Warhol in throes of drunken lovemaking. In fact, Jay-Z’s name appears multiple times on the list below, coming in only behind Lou Reed in mentioning Warhol in song.

“Something Worth Leaving Behind” - Lee Ann Womack

In her 2002 song, Country star Lee Ann Womack mentions Warhol (along with Leonardo Da Vinci, Marilyn Monroe, Mozart and Elvis) in the opening verse of this song, following with “you gotta die to be famous”.  A veiled reference perhaps to Warhol’s well-known "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes" quote.  There are more than one references to this Warhol quote used in songs on this list, including others from Van Morrison and Tin Machine.

“Dancing Together” - David Byrne & Fatboy Slim featuring Sharon Jones

This track was written by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim for “Here Lies Love”, their musical based on the life of former First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos.  The musical debuted in 2013, but three years prior, the duo released an album of all the songs from it sung by various women. Sharon Jones takes the vocals on this track about Marcos hobnobbing with many New York nightlife luminaries in the 1970’s, including Andy Warhol.

 
Here's the rest of the list...*
Simon & Garfunkel "A Simple Desultory Philippic" 1966
The Monkees “No Time” 1967
David Bowie “Andy Warhol” 1971
Lou Reed “Andy’s Chest” 1972
Dana Gillespie “Andy Warhol” 1973
Fleetwood Mac “Miles Away” 1973
Gilbert O’Sullivan “You Are You” 1974
Elliot Murphy “Hollywood” 1975
Ulltravox “Artificial Life” 1977
Human Sexual Response “Jackie Onassis” 1980
The Teardrop Explodes “Christ vs. Warhol” 1981
Foetus “New York or Bust!” 1981
Television Personalities “Painting By Numbers” 1982
Falco "Manner Des Westens/Any Kind Of Land" 1985
The Dead Milkmen "Instant Club Hit (You'll Dance to Anything)" 1987
Maureen Tucker “Andy” 1989
ALL “Mary” 1989
The Cult "Edie (Ciao Baby)" 1989
Tin Machine "I Can't Read" 1989
Lou Reed & John Cale The “Songs for Drella” album (15 songs) 1990
Television Personalities “All My Dreams are Dead” 1990
Crowded House “Chocolate Cake” 1991
Sloppy Seconds “Underground” 1993
The Times “My Andy Warhol Poster” 1994
Urban Dance Squad “Selfstyled” 1994
Gavin Friday “Caruso” 1995
Underworld “Oich Oich” 1996
Stone Temple Pilots “Art School Girl” 1996
Dan Bern “Estelle” 1997
Sugarplum Fairies “Fifteen Minutes” 1998
Simple Minds "Killing Andy Warhol" 1998
Queensryche “Revolution Calling” 2001
Lee Ann Womack “Something Worth Leaving Behind” 2002
Marrianne Faithfull “Song for Nico” 2002
Les Sans Culottes “Apollinaire” 2002
Berlin “All I Ever Need” 2002
Van Morrison "Fame" 2003
Barenaked Ladies “Upside Down” 2003
The Thrills “Whatever Happened to Corey Haim” 2004
Slapshot “F**k New York” 2005
The Happy Mondays “Anti-Warhole on the Dancefloor” 2007
Q-Tip “Dance on Glass” 2008
Little Joy "How to Hang a Warhol" 2008
Jay-Z “Ain’t I” 2008
David Byrne & Fatboy Slim featuring Sharon Jones “Dancing Together” 2009
Jay-Z & Kid Cudi “Already Home” 2009
Danny Brown “DNA” 2011
Jay-Z & Kanye West “Illest Motherf**ker Alive” 2011
Robbie Robertson “When the Night Was Young” 2011
Madonna “I F**ked Up” 2012
Tyga (feat. Nas & Wale) “Kings & Queens” 2012
Rick Ross “Burn” 2012
Joseph Arthur "Kandinsky" 2012
Beyonce (feat. Jay-Z) “Drunk in Love” 2013
Jay-Z “Picasso Baby” 2013
Leaf (w/ Action Bronson) “Sugar Mama” 2013
Alakaline Trio “I Wanna Be A Warhol” 2013
MIKA “Good Guys” 2015
Pusha T (feat: Beanie Sigel) “Keep Dealing” 2015
Jonathan Richman “They Showed Me the Door to Bohemia” 2015
Kaytranada feat. Anderson .Paak “Glowed Up” 2016
Sharon Needles "Andy Warhol Is Dead" 2017
Pusha T (feat. Rick Ross) “Hard Piano” 2018

*Certainly, coming up with a completely comprehensive list of songs that mention Warhol is next to impossible, and although we feel pretty confident about this list, if there are any glaring omissions, please let us know. List current as of July, 2018.

For more on Andy Warhol and Music, including our award-winning one-hour documentary, go to wyep.org/warhol 

 

Hey it's Kyle Smith! Summer concert season can be overwhelming with a lot of nights having multiple options for amazing live music in Pittsburgh. My hope is that this guide can keep you up to date, with a few personal selections on what to see in Pittsburgh during the month of August. Here are my recommendations for the month. See you out there -- Kyle....

Aug 8th The Breeders Mr. Smalls
Aug 5th Toots & The Maytalls Hartwood Acres
Aug 4th Smashing Pumpkins PPG Paints Arena
Aug 3rd Father John Misty Stage ae
Aug 3rd Good Old War Mr. Smalls
Aug 3rd Better Than Ezra South Park 
Aug 31st Dave Haus / Punchline Schenley Plaza: Final Fridays
Aug 2nd Nighthawks w/ Billy Price Jergels
Aug 26th Sinkane Hartwood Acres
Aug 24th Flaming Lips Stage ae
Aug 24th Shawn Mullins South Park 
Aug 21st Wolf Parade Mr. Smalls
Aug 21st Marcia Ball Club café
Aug 1st Samantha Fish Moondogs
Aug 17th Nicole Atkins Club Café
Aug 16th Avett Bros Stage ae
Aug 16th Pedro The Lion mr. smalls
Aug 14th Psychedelic Furs mr. smalls
Aug 10th Ferdinand The Bull Club café

Here's a spotify playlist to enjoy the bands you know and discover others that will be playing in August

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Violent Femmes.

 

 

 

  • Song: "Nightmares"

  • Album: 3
  • Year: 1989

 

 

  • Song: "Memory"

  • Album: We Can Do Anything
  • Year: 2016

 

 

  • Song: "Please Do Not Go"

  • Album: Violent Femmes
  • Year: 1982

 

 

  • Song: "Issues"

  • Album: We Can Do Anything
  • Year: 2016

 

 

  • Song: "Blister In the Sun"

  • Album: Violent Femmes
  • Year: 1982

 

 

Catch Key Tracks every weekday during the Midday Mix at 1 PM on 91.3 WYEP.

 

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Cracker.

 

 

 

  • Song: "This Is Cracker Soul"

  • Album: Cracker
  • Year: 1992

 

 

  • Song: "The Good Life"

  • Album: Gentlemen's Blues
  • Year: 1998

 

 

  • Song: "Euro-Trash Girl"

  • Album: Kerosene Hat
  • Year: 1993

 

 

  • Song: "Get Off This"

  • Album: Kerosene Hat
  • Year: 1993

 

 

  • Song: "Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)"

  • Album: Cracker
  • Year: 1992

 

 

Catch Key Tracks every weekday during the Midday Mix at 1 PM on 91.3 WYEP.

 

Gratitude /ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/ (n): the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Expression of gratitude are so important in life. When everything seems to be going wrong in your world, it's difficult to focus on what's good, but that's where gratitude becomes vital to happiness. There are lots of articles on reasons to practice and focus on gratitude, including this one. 

I'm not a psychologist, but in order to get you in a grateful mood, I've collected all the songs we can think of about "GRATITUDE" (thanks for your submissions on social media!) as the first in our "WYEP Presents" restorative playlists. In the future, we'll focus on other positive aspects of life like patience, kindness and humilty. If you have a suggestion, please let me know! I'll say putting this playlist made me feel more grateful and happy. Hope you find listening to it brings you the same joy. 

xo - Cindy


With more than 350 concerts over 2 days, Deutschtown Music Festival could feel overwhelming to the uninitiated festival-goer. However, we know better! To prove our point, we reached out to a few local musicians and at least one festival organizer to share their memories of past festivals and their hopes for year. 


Jim Donovan (Jim Donovan & The Sun King Warriors)
This will be our first appearance at Deutschtown and we're fired up to be a part of this great event. The North Side has a special place in my heart. As a toddler, my mother would take me on the trolley to Allegheny Center, a small mall which now the home of Nova office complex.  Later the area played a key role in the development of my first band Rusted Root. It was there at a studio called Audiomation where we recorded our first full length CD called "Cruel Sun" in 1992. This was the album that included the original version of "Send Me On My Way" which would go on to propel the band to fulfilling many life long dreams. One of these dreams was to play at Three Rivers Stadium which we did in 1995 with the Grateful Dead. Now my son Oliver and I regularly attend Pirate games on this side of the river. Deutschtown is a prime example of how Pittsburgh's neighborhoods can thrive when it's residents step up and decide to make the area more vibrant. I love that they choose to use music as their way of bringing energy and people to the place they call home. We're honored to be a part of it.

Jim Donovan & The Sun King Warriors // HughShows Stage at Foreland // Saturday at 12:00pm


Becki Gallagher (LoFi Delphi)
Deutschtown is one of my favorite weekends of the year.  Roaming the Northside all day long, trekking across the bridges and running through the streets to find your favorite bands is such a blast! I always grab the pamphlet that shows all the bands/venues and make my plans for the day! I plot out which bands/acts I'm going to see and run around all day long! 

Last year, while me and Andrew (from LoFi) were hanging out in the park seeing Strange Monsters, we look over and see someone in a LoFi Delphi shirt!  That was the first time I've run into someone sporting our merch out in public! It was so exciting.  It was our friend Thomas who writes for Punksburgh... But it was still so exciting either way!  

I can't wait for the festival this year. LoFi is playing the main HughShows stage with a bunch of our friends and we couldn't be more grateful. 

LoFi Delphi // HughShows Stage at Foreland // Saturday at 6:00pm


Byron Nash (BYRON NASH & PLANB)
In 2016, Byron Nash & Plan B was relatively new and finding our way. We were very excited to play the festival. We were booked in this little bar known for trouble. When I pulled up, a fight broke out that started inside and spilled into the streets. I'll be honest, I was a little nervous, but was determined to rock this gig. This show was unique because PLANB is a five piece set up but our keyboard player Randraiz Wharton and other guitarist Evan Thorsen had gigs booked so decided to rock as a three piece. The bar was long and narrow, smoky as hell and when we started sound check the soundman said "Are you guys cool?" We were like, "Yeah buddy." He then said, "Cool. Here's the volume and mixers, I have to run to another stage so have a good set!" and bounced! 

We had to run our own sound and were about to hit and all of a sudden a humongous group of people came in. What had happened is that the other stages were being harassed and shut down for noise complaints so the audience scattered and filled every other venue. Because of that unfortunate situation, we ended up being packed to capacity and had a lot of people check us out who probably would have missed us. We played a grimy, gritty, and funky set that was a result of being so stripped down. It to this date is one of our fiercest performances. We loved it, smoke, sweat, fights and all!

Byron Nash & Plan B // HughShows Stage at Foreland // Saturday at 5:00pm


Addi Twigg (The Telephone Line)
The Telephone Line played our first Deutschtown MF in 2015 and had no idea what to expect. We got slotted for Verdetto's, which turned out to be pretty tight for a full band! We weren't sure how to set up, there was a weird wall to work around, and the drum backline was running late. Not to mention the venue is on the outskirts so we weren't sure anyone would show! But when it came time to play, everything fell together: the sound tech nailed it, we made the space work, the crowd showed up and rallied, and the DMF volunteers took great care of us -- including one of them literally giving us the DMF shirt right off his back! 

This just might be the biggest annual gathering of people who love music in Pittsburgh -- musicians, sound engineers, volunteers, fans -- everyone comes together to celebrate. We're honored to have been a part of it for the last few years and can't wait for this year!

The Telephone Line // HughShows Stage at Foreland // Saturday at 8:00pm


Andre Costello (Andre Costello & The Cool Minors)
For whatever reason, that first year, I ended up going by myself (I don't have any friends). I didn't perform that year, because I hadn't met Cody. I remember popping in and out of all these venues here and there, checking out this band and that band. At the time, I thought I had a fix on every band in town, but man was I mistaken. There was a band in every space, nook and cranny, and every band local. I remember I ended up at James Street Ballroom at the end of the night. It was about 110 degrees in there. They  hadn't renovated at all yet, so the place still had that 1920's stage that ran the whole width of the venue against that back wall of the room. The thing was only about 4 feet deep, and that long, so the band set up in a line that spanned the whole thing. I remember thinking how great is to be in Pittsburgh at this moment in time, and how lucky we are to have such great people working together, making music, and being kind and supportive of each other.

Andre Costello & The Cool Minors // HughShows Stage at Foreland // Saturday at 10:00pm


Mac Inglis (Buffalo Rose)

My most fond memory of DMF was in 2017, I was running sound at the Pittsburgh Winery Satellite Stage in an old closed down bar (I think the double r). We had been having a fantastic day loaded with some of my favorite bands playing their best performances when Tim Gaber, of the Winery, came up to me and said the last band had cancelled.  He didn’t look worried but he was definitely thinking hard about what to do to keep the music going late.  (This was one of the latest venues to have music.)

A few hours later he came up to me again and told me that he may be able to get Clinton Clegg to come and play a secret surprise solo acoustic set for the stages closing act.  I was so excited; I was going to have a front row seat and get to mix the great Commonheart front man in an intimate setting.  I was giddy.  Tim said “let’s keep it quiet for now.”  Around 10pm Tim confirmed that he was gonna make this happen.  

After a long, long day of non-stop mixing, and having the venue packed for every single set we had, we finally made it to the last set.  Apparently Tim had been spreading rumors around the festival during the evening but no one really knew what was coming.  The venue was shoulder to shoulder packed.  I could barely get around to set up the stage.  Clinton showed up with a guitar with no pickup and his fancy black vocal mic.  So I miked up his guitar and turned up the faders and the crowed went dead silent. 

Clinton’s massive soulful voice and tender yet powerful playing filled every inch of the room.  Few people spoke throughout the whole set.  Everyone was fixated on this crazy honest man seated in front of them spilling his soul. It was late, we were all tired, and it was perfect.  

After I tweaked the board I went and sat on stage left of him on the ground.  It was the only place left with room.   I looked up and like the crowed was fixated: I was 2 feet away from an unplugged, unadvertised, late night, spontaneous moment of musical magic.  What a way to finish one of the best days of music I’ve seen.  I’ll never forget it.  That’s what DMF is really about.

Buffalo Rose // HughShows Stage at Foreland // Saturday at 4:00pm


Hugh Twyman (HughShows - Festival Organizer)
I have a unique position in that I have an inside view as the band coordinator for the festival and I am such a fan of the local music scene. This is my third year being given the opportunity to be lucky enough to do this, I am still awestruck on festival day at how much musical talent we have in Pittsburgh because it is concentrated, right there, right then. The last two years I literally had to stop at one point in the day and take a moment to reflect on what was happening. I get overwhelmed for a second (in the best way) at all that is going on around me.

Being a DIY festival, it cannot be overstated that the success of the festival depends on many, many people but in my opinion, mainly on the bands that perform. Without their professionalism, their willingness to be flexible, and the music that they bring, the event would be a disaster. The organizers, the volunteers, the fans are all great but my heart has always and will always be with these musicians.

Hugh Twyan // HughShows Stage at Foreland // All Dang Weekend!

 

WYEP did a deep dive into the lyrics of songs recorded by the Rolling Stones. The band have officially released some 460 songs over the course of their 55 year history, and we combed through them to find all of the real and specific locations mentioned in those lyrics. You can browse around and find these locations on the map embedded below.

However, there are several real locations referred to in Rolling Stones songs that couldn't be mapped. Three, in fact, that we identified.

Two songs referenced geographic areas that no longer exist. 1971's "Brown Sugar" mentions the Gold Coast, a name for a region in Africa which is mostly now Ghana. And "Indian Girl" (from 1980's Emotional Rescue) refers to "Nueva Granada," a Spanish Empire name from the 18th century for an area which is today Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, and Venezuela.

Lastly, this map is Earth-bound, so we couldn't place on it the star Aldebaran, which is used in "2000 Light Years From Home" on Their Satanic Majesties Request, from 1967. ("Seen you on Aldebaran, safe on the green desert sand....")

So pack your bags and head off on a worldwide trip deep into the lyrics of The Rolling Stones.

While browsing the map, click on each icon to see what song and which line mentions that geographic location.

Click here to see a large version of the map (or click on the fullscreen icon at the top right of the map).