Songs related to photography...

Discussion in 'Casual Photo Conversations' started by joshroot, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. Okay, so after a couple day of dealing with the fallout from the recent Kodachrome announcement , that damn Paul Simon song has permanently etched itself into my brain. To save my sanity, I thought it might be fun if we could come up with other songs that are about (or even mention) photos or photography.
    My first vote is "Picturebook" by the Kinks. Was actually used in a clever Epson (I think) commercial a few years back:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjDu3E5zDks
     
  2. "Turning Japanese" by the Vapors: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWAwrMFtSvM
     
  3. I can't think of a single song about photography except for Paul Simon's classic.
    Nor are there any songs about going to Sears and buying a Kenmore washer and dryer. I wonder, why is that?
     
  4. Spearhead

    Spearhead Moderator

    I happen to like Jim Carroll's I Want the Angels , which has this verse:
    I want the angel
    Whose bones are so sharp
    That they can break through their own excuses
    Well, to be a blind man,
    Hey, that would be a fine thing
    Then I could dream at night of total strangers
    And all the music would be so spaceless
    And all the women would be so faceless,
    They'd be so faceless they'd be like old film
    Just like old film I never did process​
     
  5. "Photograph" by Def Leppard: (WARNING! Bad song! BAD video!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ5bS3_BCDs
     
  6. Here's a good (good meaning bad in this instance) one, "Freeze Frame" J. Geils Band
    Thursday morning was a hot flash-factor
    Her face still focused in my mind
    Test-strip proof-sheet love is hard to find
    Friday night we'll dance the spotlight grind
    Stop-time heart for me if she's not mine​
    http://www.imeem.com/jukeboxmusic18/music/utWwShok/j-geils-band-freeze-frame/
     
  7. I'm going to data-mine SXSW for a minute...
    1. Bishop Allen's "Click click click click"
    They released it as their single from SXSW 2007 and Sony picked it up for a camera commercial later that year.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LpmrZbTu1o
    2. Elephone's "The Camera Behind the Camera Behind the Camera"
    http://2008.sxsw.com/music/showcases/band/3919.html
    3. 13Ghosts have a song just called "Photographs"
    http://sxsw.com/music/shows/schedule/?a=show&s=6070
    Take all these photographs
    And throw them away
    I'm not half the man that I was
    Back in the day​
     
  8. The English lyrics to the bossa nova song Desafinado contains the following:
    I took your picture with my trusty Rolleiflex
    And now all I have developed is a complex​
    The original lyrics were by Newton Mendonça. The English lyrics were by Jon Hendricks and Jessie Cavanaugh
     
  9. "Picture in a Frame" by Tom Waits (and covered by plenty of other people):
    (not an official video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywT8WXKHTkI&feature=related
     
  10. There was the horrible, horrible Nickelback song "Photograph," popular a couple of years ago. I ashamed even to have remembered it. JR
     
  11. John Mayer - "3x5"
    Flock of Seagulls - "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)"
     
  12. Gentleman Take Polaroids - Japan

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vq-XvZ9TK98
     
  13. I noted recently that Walkabout by Red Hot Chili Peppers would make a great photowalk theme song:
    "A detective of perspective I / Need to try and get a bigger eye"
     
  14. Aw shucks, even though it may seem like I post a link to this about every week, my favorite film song is still Nina Hagen's Du hast den Farbfilm vergessen (link ). The link is the original as performed on East German TV, note the sponsor is the DDR Travel Service.
     
  15. "F-Stop Blues" by Jack Johnson
     
  16. I've had Kodachrome also stuck in my head the last few days.
    The cure was to listen to it so I would stop guessing at all the lyricks.
    Didn't work going to try listening to Jazz or Classical to clear the mind.
     
  17. Beatles: A Day In The Life
    I read the news today oh, boy
    About a lucky man who made the grade
    And though the news was rather sad
    Well, i just had to laugh
    I saw the photograph
    He blew his mind out in a car
    He didn't notice that the lights had changed
    A crowd of people stood and stared
    They'd seen his face before
    Nobody was really sure if he was from the house of lords

    I saw a film today oh, boy
    The english army had just won the war
    A crowd of people turned away
    But i just had to look
    Having read the book
    I love to turn you on.

    Woke up, got out of bed
    Dragged a comb across my head
    Found my way downstairs and drank a cup
    And looking up, i noticed i was late
    Found my coat and grabbed my hat
    Made the bus in seconds flat
    Found my way upstairs and had a smoke
    Somebody spoke and i went into a dream
    Ah

    I read the news today oh, boy
    Four thousand holes in blackburn, lancashire
    And though the holes were rather small
    They had to count them all
    Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the albert hall
    I'd love to turn you on
     
  18. Didn't Outkast's "Hey Ya" actually result in Polaroid advising folks not to "shake it like a Polaroid picture" ... in those days when there was such a thing as a Polaroid picture?
     
  19. Souvenir of China - Jean-Michel Jarre.
     
  20. Seeing Fred's entry of the Beatles immediately made me think of this one called 'Photograph' written by Ringo Starr and George Harrison.

    Ev'ry time I see your face,
    It reminds me of the places we used to go.
    But all I've got is a photograph,
    And I realise you're not coming back anymore.....
    [...]
    I can't get used to living here,
    While my heart is broke, my tears I cried for you.
    I want you here to have and hold,
    As the years go by and we grow old and grey...

    But all I've got is a photograph,
    And I realise you're not coming back anymore.....
    You can listen to a version here ~ Photograph:Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band
     
  21. The Prisoner by Howard Jones:

    You have watched me, safe in your anonymity
    I have dreamed you, held in your security
    Some people believe a photograph traps your mortal soul
    Your eyes were the camera and youve take hold
    And you captured me
    I need you to take control
    I am a prisoner of no confidence
    Youve entered me now make me whole

    Every place I go I feel your lenses trained on me
    This distant concentration takes away my energy
    Your image burns its negative
    Behind my waking eyes
    Then the night comes and you stalk your prize
    And you captured me
    I need you to take control
    I am a prisoner of no confidence
    Youve entered me now make me whole


    I am sure there is a video on you tube. It is a pretty cool video...for the 80's.
     
  22. How about Freeze frame and Centerfold by the J Geils Band?
    By the way Josh, the way to clear an ear worm(song stuck in your head) is to replace it by singing 99 Luft Balloons by Nena (to yourself please). It's weird but it works and doesn't leave a residue.
     
  23. Jackson Browne
    Looking through some photographs I found inside a drawer
    I was taken by a photograph of you
    There were one or two I know that you would have liked a little more
    But they didn't show your spirit quite as true
    You were turning 'round to see who was behind you
    And I took your childish laughter by surprise
    And at the moment that my camera happened to find you
    There was just a trace of sorrow in your eyes
    Now the things that I remember seem so distant and so small
    Though it hasn't really been that long a time
    What I was seeing wasn't what was happening at all
    Although for a while, our path did seem to climb
    But when you see through love's illusions, there lies the danger
    And your perfect lover just looks like a perfect fool
    So you go running off in search of a perfect stranger
    While the loneliness seems to spring from your life
    Like a fountain from a pool
    Fountain of sorrow, fountain of light
    etc
    Jackson Browne FOUNTAIN OF SORROW lyrics
     
  24. "Girls on Film" Duran Duran. There was a cool video for the song.
     
  25. Another-- "Back on the Chain Gang" The Pretenders.
    "I found a picture of you. It was the happiest day of my life..."
     
  26. And another.... "Pictures of You" by The Cure.
     
  27. Paul Simon actually had another song related to photography. It best described using a poor quality manual focus zoom-lens - "slip sliden away...slip slidden away..aaa...you know the near your destination the more 'ya slip slidden awayaa..."
     
  28. The Kinks. Can't recall the actual title. Might just be "Picture".
     
  29. The Verve Pipe - "Photograph"
    And I thought "Turning Japanese" was about something other than photography...
     
    • "Photographs and Memories"- Jim Croce
    • "Pictures from the Past" - Neil Sedaka
     
  30. Very old one : Joe Brown... Picture of you. ( better known in UK probably)
     
  31. More Beatles: "Photograph" by Ringo Starr.
     
  32. Michael Jackson - Privacy:
    "Ain't the pictures enough
    Why do you go through so much
    to get the stories you need
    so you can bury me?
    ...
    I need my privacy...
    so paparazzi
    get away from me!"
    Laga Gaga - "Paparazzi" is also good.
    --Ryan
     
  33. How about "Faded Photograph" that sappy arse teeny bopper song,
    or,
    "Pictures of Lily", by The Who.
     
  34. There's Belle and Sebastian's "Photo Jenny."
    They got the drugs i could use but then i don't need any
    All that i want is a photograph of photo jenny
    How will i get one? i don't know
    How will i get one? i don't know
    How will i get her to strike a pose?​
     
  35. Thanks for the Nina Hagen-link, JDM. My favourite too. She later recorded: Ich glotz TV. "Ist alles so schön bunt hier, ich kann mich gar nicht entscheiden". That was after she moved to the west.
     
  36. Patsy Kline, Shes Got You ( I got your picture, shes got you ), Rod Stewart, Every Picture Tell a Story.
     
  37. Melanie (of "Brand New Key" fame) also composed and recorded an excellent song called "Photograph," in the mid- to late 1970s. The lyrics start out:
    The passenger window framed you like a screen,
    And deep in my mind I was filming a scene,
    Of the land rushing by, your shades and your hat.
    I prefer a memory to a photograph.
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  38. Randy Travis, (Diggin' up Bones). Really had to dig for this one.
    Last night I dug your picture out from our old dresser drawer
    I set it on the table and I talked to it 'til four
    I read some old love letters right up 'til the break of dawn
    Yeah I've been sittin' alone diggin' up bones
     
  39. There was that Kid Rock/Sheryl Crow song "Picture" a few years back.
    Also there's a song right now by The Last Goodnight "Pictures of You." JR
     
  40. Freezepop - "Boys on film". Not something I'd recommend going out of your way to listen to, though, unless you happen to like synth pop.
     
  41. A bit of a downer, but probably appropriate for the end of an era. On the plus side, the video is hawt!
    She said I'll throw myself away,
    They're just photos after all
    I cant make you hang around.
    I cant wash you off my skin.
    Outside the frame, is what were leaving out
    You wont remember anyway
    I can go with the flow
    But don't say it doesn't matter anymore
    I can go with the flow
    Do you believe it in your head?
    Queens of The Stone Age Go With the Flow
     
  42. James G. Dainis

    James G. Dainis Moderator

    "Barrelhouse" Jim had a song that got a lot of play down at some of the local beer joints:<P>


    Mah Mama had a Leica and it were a fine thang,<BR>
    She done self potrits by pullin on a strang.<BR>
    The focus were bad but the bokeh were fine.<BR>
    I sees then in my beer glass all of the time.<p>

    (Chorus)<BR>
    Focus on me Mama, focus me fine.<BR>
    Ah'd like the Leica to focus all the time.<BR>
    Beam and beer backs keepin' me broke, ah<BR>
    Git the focus and fergit about the bokeh<BR>
    Focus on me Mama, one mo' time.<BR>
    One mo' time Mama, one mo' time.<p>

    Mah daddy had a Rollei but it were busted,<BR>
    Couldn't take pics and he were disgusted.<BR>
    He run off when I were two,<BR>
    Took mah dawg, Blue, along with him too.<p>

    (Chorus)<P>

    Got me a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III SLR Digital Camera,<BR>
    But<P>


    Dang! Can't remember the rest.
     
  43. Jim Croce, Photographs and Memories:
    Photographs and memories
    Christmas cards you sent to me
    All that I have are these
    To remember you

    Memories that come at night
    Take me to another time
    Back to a happier day
    When I called you mine...
     
  44. I'm showing my Canadian origins:
    "Photograph" by Blue Rodeo
    "Pigeon Camera" by The Tragically Hip
    and one for you jazz fans, the American:
    "Self Portrait in three colors" by Charles Mingus just might have something to do with photography if you really want it to be.
     
  45. All the stars watch over you
    Night and day
    When you can't stop turning
    Where’d you go mysterious?
    So ashamed....
    You’ve lost the way again

    When did we all start
    Living a world in a photograph?
    Where I'll find you
    Waiting for something

    Hiding in places the shapes of the faces
    In photographs
    When the dream are done
    Look how the tears run...
    Through my eyes

    You danced upon the mirror glass
    On the floor...
    When the sky was falling
    Where’d you go my curious?
    Insecure....
    You’ve lost my way again

    I tried so hard
    To reflect their hearts
    And show them that I'm stronger
    And now I run....

    Once went through my head
    Once was in my head;
    I'm waiting
    I'm waiting to go again
    Once went through my head
    What once was in my head
    Is through my eyes
    Shiny Toy Guns 'Photograph'
    Love the song and the band...
     
  46. Can't Get My Lens Over You (by Short People)
    Lensbaby Loves Lovin' (by The Tight Fits)
    These Shoots Ain't Made for Talkin' (by Stallone)
    I Get My Kicks From Your Pain (by Simply Tread)
     
  47. The other Kinks song - "People Take Pictures of Each Other", I think it was on "Arthur" whilst "Picture Book" was on Village Green Preservation Society.
     
  48. Yeah, Depeche Mode 'Photograhic Lyrics' from the early '80s:
    A white house, a white room
    The program of today
    Lights on, switch on
    Your eyes are far away

    The map represents you
    And the tape is your voice
    Follow all along you
    Till you recognize the choice

    I take pictures
    Photographic pictures

    Bright light, dark room
    Bright light, dark room ...
     
  49. Not all music dedicated to photography works out that well (link )
     
  50. Where are the Canadians on this forum? I'm an Aussie ( large island between the Pacific and Indian Oceans ) and I suggest "The Camera Eye" by Canada's finest - Rush. Also "Take a Pebble" by ELP, which has the line "Photographs are grey and torn..." and an album by Italian group Premiata Forneria Marconi called "Photos of Ghosts".
     
  51. How about that one about "...I keep gettin' richer, but I can't get my picture on the cover of the Rollin' Stone..."
     
  52. People Take Pictures Of Each Other is on Village Green Preservation Society as well, John.
    My picks:
    • Polaroids, by Shawn Colvin
    • Picture Perfect Morning by Edie Brickell
    • Cover Of The Rolling Stone by Doctorr Hook ;)
     
  53. Thanks for a fun thread, Josh!
    One of my old favorites is I'm Not in Love, by 10cc:
    -----
    I keep your picture upon the wall
    It hides a nasty stain that's lyin' there
    So don't you ask me to give it back
    I know you know it doesn't mean that much to me
    -----
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo40aTe_3JM
     
  54. "I Turn My Camera On" by Spoon.
     
  55. No Stone Temple Pilots fans? Several photographic references in this one...
    Big Bang Baby
    I got a picture of a photograph
    Of a wedding and a shell
    It's just a burning aching memory
    I never kiss and tell
    So turn it up and burn it
    There's a hole in your head
    There's a hole in your head
    Where the bird's can't sing along
    Does anybody know how the story really goes
    How the story really goes
    Or do we all just hum along?
    Sell your soul and sign an autograph
    Big Bang Baby, it's a crash crash crash
    I wanna die but I gotta laugh
    Orange crush mama is a laugh laugh laugh
    Spin me up, spin me spin me out
    Station to station send me up and out
    Is that what life and love is all about
    I think I think so
    We used to see in color
    Now it's only black and white
    Yeah, it's only black and white
    Cause the world is color blind
    Does anybody know how the story really goes
    How the story really goes
    Or do we all just hum along?
    Sell your soul and sign an autograph
    Big Bang Baby, it's a crash crash crash
    I wanna die but I gotta laugh
    Orange crush mama is a laugh laugh laugh
    Nothing's for free, nothing's for free
    Take it away boys
    Nothing's for free, nothing's for free
    Take it away boys
    So turn it up and burn it
    There's a hole in your head
    There's a hole in your head
    Where the bird's can't sing along
    Does anybody know how the story really goes
    How the story really goes
    Or do we all just hum along?
    Sell your soul and sign an autograph
    Big Bang Baby, it's a crash crash crash
    I wanna die but I gotta laugh
    Orange crush mama is a laugh laugh laugh
    Nothing's for free, nothing's for free
    Take it away boys
    Nothing's for free, nothing's for free
    Take it away boys
    So turn it up and burn it
    There's a hole in your head
    A hole in your head
    Where the bird's can't sing along
    Does anybody know how the story really goes
    The story really goes
    Or do we all just hum along?
     
  56. This one really sums up what our craft is about:
    "Bookends" - Paul Simon
    "Time it was and what a time it was, it was...
    A time of innocence a time of confidences.

    Long ago it must be, I have a photograph
    Preserve your memories, they're all that's left you"
     
  57. "Pictures of Home" by Deep Purple
     
  58. "These Photographs" by Joshua Radin
     
  59. "Send me photographs and souvenirs" from "You Belong to Me" (see wikipedia for a list of eveyone who's done it.) sing along with this one in the car.
    "Take a pebble".... listening to it now, thanks for the reminder.
    "Photogragh" from Def Leppard...skip the video, plug in the disc and crank it.
     
  60. J Giles Band - 'Angel is a Centrefold'
    My blood runs cold
    My memory has just been sold
    My angel is the centerfold
    Angel is the centerfold
     
  61. The Kinks - "People Taking Pictures"
     
  62. Nick Jeftic already mentioned it, but here's another vote for "Bookends" as coming close to the essence of it all.
    A youtube link:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahuU3QwWkdg
     
  63. Nickelback - "Photograph"

    Look at this photograph
    Everytime I do it makes me laugh
    How did our eyes get so red
    And what the hell is on Joey's head

    And this is where I grew up
    I think the present owner fixed it up
    I never knew we'd ever went without
    The second floor is hard for sneaking out

    And this is where I went to school
    Most of the time had better things to do
    Criminal record says I broke in twice
    I must have done it half a dozen times

    ...

    Every memory of looking out the back door
    I had the photo album spread out on my bedroom floor
    It's hard to say it, time to say it
    Goodbye, goodbye...
     

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