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No Sharona Alperin?
posted by Faint of Butt at 12:05 PM on December 14, 2008 [3 favorites]


Where's Barbara Ann? Michelle? Charlie Brown? Lydia the Tattooed Lady?
posted by ardgedee at 12:08 PM on December 14, 2008


The Walrus was Paul.
posted by AsYouKnow Bob at 12:15 PM on December 14, 2008


Interesting. I never knew that the Holly in "Walk on the Wild Side" was a real person.
posted by amyms at 12:16 PM on December 14, 2008


And there are some people that inspired great songs that you can't get their opinion about the song because, well, they became the doggie's dinner.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 12:18 PM on December 14, 2008


"My Baby Thinks She's A Train" was written by Leroy Preston about his girlfriend, who also happened to be one of my cocktail waitresses back when I tended bar in the 80's. Yep, she was a hand full...
posted by jim in austin at 12:26 PM on December 14, 2008


C'mon, you can't throw a rock in NYC without hitting someone who was in Walk on the Wild Side.
posted by anazgnos at 12:26 PM on December 14, 2008


How about Crazy Chester and Luke and Young Anna Lee?
posted by Sailormom at 12:27 PM on December 14, 2008


Connie Hamzy, Little Rock fame:
We're an American Band Grand Funk Railroad

also in Little Rock "What do you think of these? Bill Clinton?
posted by Jikido at 12:33 PM on December 14, 2008


Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and their Stagger Lee (with a twist)
posted by czechmate at 12:36 PM on December 14, 2008


man, that Pattie Boyd sure got around...
posted by weezy at 12:39 PM on December 14, 2008


no Dave Coulier?
posted by heeeraldo at 12:39 PM on December 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Roseanna Arquette? Warning: sooo 1980s.

Patti Boyd's site makes me sad.
posted by jokeefe at 12:43 PM on December 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Sooz ('5 Colours In Her Hair')
posted by cillit bang at 12:45 PM on December 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Rosanna Arquette was of course the inspiration for Toto's Rosanna, also for Peter Gabriel's In Your Eyes.
posted by StickyCarpet at 12:46 PM on December 14, 2008


I just started reading Patti Boyd's autobiography and, although it might not be the best written book, it has some great stories and is a nice first hand glimpse into the rock world of the 60's and 70's.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 12:50 PM on December 14, 2008


What a lazy article. Patti Boyd must have been tough to track down.

If the author had bother getting outside his living room he might have bothered to interview somebody really interesting.
posted by ethnomethodologist at 1:00 PM on December 14, 2008 [3 favorites]


Don't forget Ingrid Schorr!
posted by 0xdeadc0de at 1:05 PM on December 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Also, Jane Bainter
posted by eriko at 1:26 PM on December 14, 2008


Alice Brock
posted by adamvasco at 1:29 PM on December 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


What about that Greek sculpture student at St Martins College? How many can there have been? Yes, perhaps a crueler subject to expose.
posted by dhartung at 1:31 PM on December 14, 2008


Man, its a shame he didn't research Kanye West's back catalogue. I'm sure there's a very interesting person (persons?) who inspired most of his songs, but for the life of me, I have no idea who they could be and who like to learn more.
posted by Kiablokirk at 1:56 PM on December 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


More about the cast of characters from Walk on the Wild Side.
posted by madamjujujive at 3:07 PM on December 14, 2008 [2 favorites]


Just happened to stumble upon this one on Wikipedia today -- it's the girl from Ipanema.
posted by penduluum at 3:08 PM on December 14, 2008 [2 favorites]


I never knew that the Holly in "Walk on the Wild Side" was a real person.

In fact, you should see the movie Trash. It's basically a John Waters movie, before John Waters was making John Waters movies (the early movies, pre-Hairspray). Holly Woodlawn is not only absolutely hilarious in it, but she is frankly the closest that the Warhol entourage ever came to producing a sleazy New York version of the Hollywood star system.
posted by jonp72 at 3:11 PM on December 14, 2008


They're all real people-- the usual cast of Factory superstar misfits. Little Joe was Joe D'ellasandro. Candy was Candy Darling. Sugar Plum Fairy was Joe Campbell. Jackie was Jackie Curtis.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 5:54 PM on December 14, 2008


Alex Chilton. Renee Fladen.
posted by SisterHavana at 6:30 PM on December 14, 2008


What, no [ Mick Jagger | Cat Stevens | Warren Beatty | Kris Kristofferson | William Donaldson | James Taylor | Daffy Duck ] and "You're So Vain"?

"You're so vain /
You probably think
this song is about you,
don't you?
Don't you?"

"But the song is about me, isn't it? Otherwise, why are you talking to me via the lyrics?"
posted by WCityMike at 8:46 PM on December 14, 2008


It's bad enough that Orinoco Flow is about someone... broadcasting it to all and sundry is just nastiness.
posted by pompomtom at 9:05 PM on December 14, 2008


Walk Away, Real Renee
posted by item at 4:22 AM on December 15, 2008


Doh, SisterHavana. Well, mine has video shot in the actual 1960's.
posted by item at 4:23 AM on December 15, 2008


"But the song is about me, isn't it? Otherwise, why are you talking to me via the lyrics?"

That insipid song gets my vote for dumbest lyrics in popular music history. Seriously, Fred Durst or Lenny Kravitz just wish they could write that poorly.
posted by item at 4:27 AM on December 15, 2008


Pendulum: Just happened to stumble upon this one on Wikipedia today -- it's the girl from Ipanema.

Fascinating. Scott Vogel from The Washington Post went to meet her.

Thanks to all those who added more examples above.
posted by rongorongo at 4:46 AM on December 15, 2008


That was fun. Thanks for the post rongorongo.
posted by caddis at 7:10 AM on December 15, 2008


There's also "Sister Christian", which the Nightranger drummer wrote for his little sister Christy. Christy is now married and reportedly always hated the song.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:06 AM on December 15, 2008


Still wondering about Jenny, even though I've got her number. Also wondering about Go-cart Mozart, amongst many others from the Boss' Ĺ“uvre.
posted by Halloween Jack at 2:20 PM on December 15, 2008


A friend of mine dated the woman who inspired two Sloan songs (the best two, imo: Underwhelmed and Deeper Than Beauty). They didn't date that long but he wrote about her as well and I know he was disappointed it didn't work out. I met her once and she was pretty cool.
posted by Manhasset at 8:56 AM on December 17, 2008


Another Factory satellite: Patti D'Arbanville, with whom Cat Stevens reportedly fell in love when she was 14.
posted by goo at 6:15 AM on December 19, 2008 [1 favorite]


Thanks goo! So "My Lady D'Arbanville" went on to be a star in lesbian screen icon, a girlfriend of Don Johnson and a queen mermaid. Metafilter earns its keep once again.
posted by rongorongo at 8:12 AM on December 19, 2008


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