Top 10 Songs that Reference Pop Culture


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Personally, I love when musicians or bands create music which pays tribute to people in pop culture, whether they’re writers, painters, fashion icons, philosophers or other musicians. I know I left out a lot of songs (especially from the Velvet Underground/Andy Warhol scene), but there will be a part two. For now, enjoy this list of ten songs that reference people or events in pop culture (and in the process, discover who or what affected or inspired these artists).

Number Nine: “Edie (Ciao Baby)” by The Cult. “Edie (Ciao Baby)” is a song by The Cult, off of their 1989 album, Sonic Temple. The song is about Andy Warhol superstar, Edie Sedgwick, who died in 1971 at the age of 28. Said vocalist Ian Astbury of the song, “Edie was inspired when I was in New York City when we were recording the Electric album. I have several friends there involved in the fashion industry and one in particular turned me on to a movie called Ciao! Manhattan. I became extremely interested in the Velvet Underground and the Warhol period.”

The lyrics to this song make reference to her lifestyle and fame; the song calls her “Warhol’s darling queen” and a “youth-quaker”- the latter which was a culture and fashion movement of the 60s which Edie was a part of. The song seems to worship her while also recognizing her invisible wounds, with lyrics like, “the dogs lay at your feet,” “stars wrapped in your hair,” “angel with a broken wing,” “wired on the pills you took” and “your innocence dripped blood.” Perhaps the most telling lines are, “Why did you kiss the world goodbye? / don’t you know paradise takes time.” The song ends by saying, “Ciao, baby”- I’m not completely sure of this, but I believe “ciao” is something Edie would often say when she was in her prime.


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