18 Pop Culture References in Music You (May Have) Missed, Explained

Fall Out Boy – Chicago area rock group Fall Out Boy got their name from the Simpsons character Fallout Boy, sidekick to Radioactive Man, Bart and Millhouse’s favorite comic book character.

Evergreen Terrace – Another Simpsons reference, Jacksonville Hardcore band Evergreen Terrace got their name from where the Simpson family lives, 742 Evergreen Terrace.  Rock on.

Mr. Highway’s Thinking About the End” – A Day To Remember – This track, one of the heaviest from the Ocala, FL Easycore 5-piece, gets it’s name from a quote from the 1993 Macaulay Culkin/ Elijah Wood thriller The Good Son.  Macaulay’s character, Henry, makes a dummy he calls ‘Mr. Highway’ and tells Elijah, Mark, ‘Poor Mr. Highway, he’s thinking about the end. He’s had enough of this terrible life.’  Before throwing him off an overpass and causing a massive wreck/ pile up.  Oh my!

Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die‘ – Four Year Strong – One of the most recognizable songs from the Worcester, MA Easycore group, the song gets it’s name from the 1993 classic coming-of-age baseball film The Sandlot.  While trying to help get his friends get out of ‘the biggest pickle’ in their lives, Benny the Jet has a vision of the ghost of Babe Ruth, who gives him a big speech on how to save the day, which includes the classic lines ‘Remember kid, there’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered but legends never die, follow your heart kid, and you’ll never go wrong.’

You’re the Wanker, If Anyone Is‘ – Say Anything – This track from the LA emo band’s sophmore major release ‘In Defense of the Genre‘ takes it’s name from the original BBC series of The Office.  After being sacked from Wernham Hogg David Brent is doing bar gigs as a quasi-reality star when he gets into a verbal altercation with a bar-goer.  And I think it’s pretty fair to assume that their band name is another pop reference.

“Who the ****’s that?”
“Who are you? What have you been on before? Nothing. So don’t…”
“You’re the wanker, mate, if anyone is.”

Assistant to the Regional Manager‘ – The Devil Wears Prada – This track from the Dayton, OH Christian Metalcore group is an obvious nod to the US incarnation of The Office, where boss Michael Scott is constantly reminding brown noser Dwight Shrute that he is Assistant TO the Regional Manager, not Assistant Regional Manager.

Charlie Don’t Surf‘ – The Clash – The only band that mattered used one of Robert Duvall’s  famous lines from the 1979 war epic Apocalypse Now as the title (and theme) for their tune about the Vietnam War.  Very fitting.

‘I Got Punched in the Nose for Sticking My Face in Other People’s Business’ – Boys Night Out – The best thing to come out of Canada since Michael J Fox took the name for one of their most popular songs from The Wedding Singer.  It does NOT sound like a country song.

‘It’s Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door’ – Underoath – This track from UnderOath’s breakthrough album They’re Only Chasing Safety is an obvious reference to Tolkien and the world of Middle Earth.

When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong‘ – The Wonder Years – This track off of TWY’s first studio album Get Stoked On It! takes it’s name from a recurring skit from the popular Comedy Central series Chappelle’s Show, which ran from 2003-2006.

Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! – This 5-piece easycore outfit from France got their band name from a scene in the 1985 hit adventure-comedy The Goonies.

Slick Shoes – A Cali skate-punk band that formed 13 years before C!N,CC! but also drew inspiration for their band name from The Goonies.  This time, naming themselves after one of Data’s many gadgets.

Rum Is For Drinking, Not Burning‘ – Senses Fail – This piratey sea-shanty from New Jersey post-hardcore/ screamo group Senses Fail gets it’s name from a scene from the first installment of the popular Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, The Curse of the Black Pearl, where Elizabeth sets an island on fire, using Captain Jack’s rum.

These Are the Quotes From Our Favorite 80s Movies‘ – The Bouncing Souls – This song is nothing BUT pop culture references.

Walking on Glass‘ – The Movielife – Pop punk anthem Walking on Glass from Long Island’s The Movielife contains the lyric ‘Why can’t I just understand what’s inside you?  Is it just guts and black stuff?  I’ll find out soon.’  Which bares great resemblance to a conversation Lisa had with Nelson in an episode of The Simpsons.  Coincidence?  You be the judge.

Lisa [to Nelson]: How do you feel? What’s inside you right now?

Nelson: Guts… and black stuff… and about 50 Slim Jims.

‘1985’ – The Huntingtons – Baltimore’s own punk rock quartet The Huntingtons were heavily influenced by the Ramones and 1950s rock and roll.  And what could be more rock and roll than a song about Back to the Future?

‘Crystal Lake’ – Poison the Well – Camp Crystal Lake is the name of the camp from the Friday the 13th film series and also the title of a pretty little ditty by Miami metalcore group Poison the Well.  If the song title wasn’t a big enough hint, some of the lyrics will certainly give it away.

“So it’s over for all of you.
My scenery is lakes and trees…

I’ve fallen for this metal and I love this handle…

Two round holes cut into this fabric.
And I will slide it over my head.
I’ll chase you for all hours…

Now your final place is this lake.
Stare at me now on your way down.”

‘Okay, I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don’t’ – Brand New – Long Island alt Rock/ emo demigods Brand New got the name for this track, from their second album, Deja Entendu, from a line in the fictional movie, Angels With Even Filthier Souls, found within the actual movie Home Alone 2.  Keep the change, ya filthy animal.


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