Who’s that Boy… In the Song

Here are the stories behind these 10 songs "about a boy"

Last week, I posted a bunch of songs about girls so this week…boys! The songs with boy names are a little less interesting. Most of the men in songs are famous as opposed to that unknown person you just have to learn more about.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Brendan’s Death Song: This one is kind of sad. “Brendan’s Death Song” is about Brendan Mullen, an LA nightclub owner who gave the RHCP their first break, who sadly passed away. The band found out while rehearsing. They started jamming through their grief and this song was written.


Weezer – Buddy Holly: Buddy Holly is a Rock & Roll pioneer from the 50s. While on tour in 1959, the small chartered plane he was in along with the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, crashed in a snowstorm killing everyone on board. He was only 22.


The Lumineers – Gale Song: This song was written about a character from Hunger Games – Gale Hawthorne is Katniss’ BFF and hunting partner in the novels. Wesley Schultz was inspired to read the books after seeing a Mockingjay pin on Patti Smith at a pre Grammy party.


Sufjan Stevens – John Wayne Gacy Jr.:
 Sufjan Stevens wrote this song about a serial killer. You have probably heard about John Wayne Gacy Jr. He was convicted of the murders of 33 young men and boys. He buried them in the crawlspace beneath his house. Gacy was executed on May 14, 1994.


Modest Mouse – Cowboy Dan: There are reports that Cowboy Dan is one of the most dispicable characters evoked in Modest Mouse’s music. He represents everything that Brock hates about white people in the modern day west: overconsumption, arrogance, greed, and cruelty.


Foo Fighters – Hey, Johnny Park!: 
When Dave Grohl was young, his best friend was a kid who lived across the street named Johnny Park.


Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood: Go figure…Clint Eastwood is about actor Clint Eastwood. Not much explanation needed there.


David Bowie – Andy Warhol: Andy Warhol was an American pop artist whose pictures of soup tins and celebrities were often produced by silk-screen in multiple images.


MGMT – Brian Eno: This track is an ode to legendary producer Brian Eno. The song was recorded in Andrew VanWyngarden’s Brooklyn apartment.


Coldplay – Charlie Brown: 
Is this about a Peanuts character or a song from 1959 by The Coasters called “Charlie Brown”?