Some people call me Andre Cymone
Cause I survived the '80s one time already
The Swish by The Hold Steady

Andre Cymone was a Prince band member who spun off to have a few records of his own, including one called “Surviving in the 80s”. He sang the national anthem at one of my high school’s football games once.
Craig Finn

Check out the title track of Surviving in the 80’s here.

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This chick, she looked just like Patty Smyth
She seemed shaky but nice
The Swish by The Hold Steady

Patty Smyth was the lead singer of the 80s rock band Scandal, who charted #7 with the song The Warrior. She later went solo and had a few Top 40 hits.

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We used to shake it up in Shaker Heights The Swish by The Hold Steady

My family actually lived in Shaker Heights, OH for a few years, so maybe I have shaken it up in Shaker Heights at one time or another.
Craig Finn

Shaker Heights is an inner-ring streetcar suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, located along the eastern edge of the city’s limits.

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This chick, she looked just like Beverly Sills The Swish by The Hold Steady

Beverly Sills was an opera singer whose career peaked from the 1950s to the 70s.

This is the first appearance on the album of what will become a recurring theme — people who look like celebrities

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She mouthed the words along to "Running Up That Hill"
That song got scratched into her soul
Hornets! Hornets! by The Hold Steady

“I was trying to say that, really, a man and a woman, can’t understand each other because we are a man and a woman. And if we could actually swap each other’s roles, if we could actually be in each other’s place for a while, I think we’d both be very surprised!“ — Kate Bush

Holly relates to the song because she wishes her clients could see life from her point of view.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp43OdtAAkM

“Scratched into her soul” appears on Certain Songs

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MC Hammer, have you seen her We are Llamas by Three Loco (Ft. Andy Milonakis, Diplo, Dirt Nasty & Riff Raff)

Have You Seen Her was a single by Hammer. The chorus had the echo that Riff mimics in his verse.

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November 19th, 2012

snobby pilots is correct. plus in the mc hammer single he is talking about finding the perfect girl. meaning he doesnt have and in the we are farmers music video riff raff doesnt have a girl. he needs to find one get it.

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Yeah, neato. I beat up the block like Steven Seagal Neato by Three Loco (Ft. Andy Milonakis, Dirt Nasty & Riff Raff)

Steven Seagal was an martial arts movie star, who beat up movie bad guys with the same ferocity that RiFF “beats up” the block. Raff is also referencing Seagal’s recent stint as a police officer, making a play on words with the cop phrase “walking the beat”, meaning to patrol.

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Pays the rent inch after inch; Dipped in Vaseline by Mickey Avalon

He pays the rent with sexual favors instead of cash.

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I'm Rick the Model, Brunch by Action Bronson

Rick “The Model” Martel referring to the wrestler.

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My family's sayin' that I rhyme with fury Brunch by Action Bronson

“My family sayin' that I rhyme with fury” definitely goes more with the Bronson pat-myself-on-the-back motif.

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December 14th, 2012

Yeah, its ‘My family saying’

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