Songs mentioned in Inherent Vice

Songs, Music and Artists in Inherent Vice

Although there's a playlist for Inherent Vice on Amazon.com, apparently provided to Amazon by Mr. Pynchon himself [1], the links just take you to where you can buy the music. This is a playlist to hear the music, thanks to YouTube, read the lyrics, thanks to LyricWiki, and learn about the artists and songs, via Wikipedia. The songs are organized below by the page on which they are found. Enjoy...

Inherent Vice Playlist

1: Country Joe and the Fish
Look/Listen to Country Joe playing "Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die" or CJ & the Fish playing "Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine" at Monterey Pop (1967)
3: "Can't Buy Me Love" by The Beatles: Listen... Lyrics...
10: "Sugar, Sugar" by The Archies Listen... Lyrics...
11: "Runaround Sue" by Dion Listen... Lyrics...
36: Dick Dale: Dick Dale & the Deltones performing "Misirlou"
37: Jimi Hendrix, Earl Bostic, Stan Getz, Lee Allen
37: The Chantays Wikipedia Look & Listen...
37: The Trashmen Wikipedia Listen...
37: The Halibuts Wikipedia Listen... (mentioned in anachronism, as they apparently started out in the 1980s?)
55: "The Great Pretender" by The Platters Listen... Lyrics...
56: "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" The Bonzo Dog Band's cover of Cher's original Listen... Lyrics...
69: "Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison Listen... Lyrics...
72: "Wouldn't It Be Nice" by The Beach Boys Listen... Lyrics...
75: "Fly Me to the Moon" by Frank Sinatra Listen... Lyrics...
77: "The Crystal Ship" by The Doors Listen... Lyrics...
77: "Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino Listen... Lyrics...
78: "Little GTO" by Ronny and the Daytonas (not specifically called out, but obliquely referenced in the "golden oldie" by the Boards): Listen... Lyrics...Lyrics explained/translated...
81: "People Are Strange" by The Doors Listen... Lyrics...
92: Iron Butterfly Wikipedia Listen to "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (1968)
95: Blue Cheer Wikipedia Listen to "Summertime Blues" (1968)
101: The Surfaris "Wipe Out" Listen... Lyrics...
103: The Electric Prunes Listen...
108: "The Ice Caps Are Melting" by Tiny Tim (This Tiny Tim song is actually called "The Other Side"; Listen...) Lyrics...
121: Pearls Before Swine
124: The Chantays "Pipeline" Look/Listen...
124: "Surfin' Bird" by The Trashmen Listen... Lyrics...
124: "Bamboo" by Johnny & The Hurricanes Listen...
124: Eddie & the Showmen
124: The Belairs Wikipedia
125: The Hollywood Saxons
125: The Olympics
125: "Tequila" by The Champs Listen... Lyrics...
129: Pink Floyd (Rick Wright) Wikipedia Pink Floyd w/Syd Barrett, Rick Wright on organ, playing Astronomy Domine
130: George Formby Look/Listen to Formby playing "Leaning on a Lamp Post"
130: Herman's Hermits Wikipedia Covering Formby's "Leaning on a Lamp Post"
130: Pat Boone Wikipedia
131: "Donna Lee" (Miles Davis) Wikipedia Listen...
134: "Here Come the Hodads" by the Marketts Wikipedia Listen...
135: "Eight Miles High" by The Byrds Listen... Lyrics...
146: Frank Zappa Wikipedia
148: "Runaway" by Del Shannon Listen... Lyrics...
153: "Happy Trails" by Roy Rogers Listen... Lyrics...
155: Wild Man Fischer Wikipedia
156: "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane Wikipedia Look/Listen to a live performance Lyrics...
156: "This Guy's in Love with You" by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass Look/Listen to a live performance Lyrics...
159: Antonio Carlos Jobim Wikipedia
160: "Desafinado" by Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto, with Charlie Byrd Listen...
160: "It Never Entered My Mind" by Rodgers & Hart (show tune from the musical Higher and Higher) Listen to Miles Davis perform this tune (1956) Peggy Lee sings Lyrics...
160: "Alone Together" by Dietz & Schwartz Listen to Mimi Fox & Greta Matassa perform this tune Lyrics...
162: "Samba Do Avião" (by Antonio Carlos Jobim) Listen... Lyrics...
165: Tommy James and the Shondells Wikipedia Listen to "Crimson and Clover"
176: Theme from Dark Shadows Watch/Listen to the Dark Shadows opening sequence and theme
193: "Something Happened to Me Yesterday" by the Rolling Stones Listen... Wikipedia Lyrics...
198: Floyd Cramer Wikipedia
220: Liberace Wikipedia
220: "Grande valse brillante" by Chopin Wikipedia Look/Listen to "Grande Valse Brillante"
221: "There's No Business Like Show Business" sung by Ethel Merman: 2LAijDQ2cIE 222: Mick Jagger Wikipedia
223: Frank Zappa Wikipedia
224: “One Fine Day” by the Chiffons Listen... Lyrics...
225: Ernest Tubb Wikipedia Look/Listen to Tubb performing "Walkin' the Floor Over You"
225: Jim Reeves Wikipedia Look/Listen to Reeves performing "I Love You Because"
225: Web Pierce Wikipedia Look/Listen to Pierce performing "There Stands the Glass"
227: Merle Haggard "The Wabash Cannonball" Look/Listen to Haggard performing "Mama Tried"
229: Les Paul Wikipedia Look/Listen to Les Paul & Mary Ford performing "How High the Moon"
232: The Monkees Wikipedia
232: Elvis Presley Wikipedia
233: "Wunderbar" by Cole Porter, from "Kiss Me Kate" Look/Listen to this 1958 TV performance with Alfred Drake and Patricia Morison
233: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., "Haunted Heart" by Dietz & Schwartz Look/Listen to Sugar Goth Daddy performing "Haunted Heart"
234: "Viva Las Vegas" by Elvis Presley Look/Listen to Elvis sing this in Viva Las Vegas Lyrics...
239: The Rat Pack Wikipedia [Listen to the Rat Pack perform]
239: Marty Robbins Wikipedia Look/Listen to Robbins perform "El Paso"
240: Pat Boone Wikipedia
243: Elvis Presley Wikipedia
244: Dolly Parton Wikipedia
244: Roy Acuff Wikipedia
247: "(You're not Sick) You're Just in Love" Irving Berlin Wikipedia song sung by Ethel Merman


247: "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" by Tiny Tim Wikipedia Look/Listen to Tiny Tim performing "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" Lyrics...
249: Roza Eskenazi
249: Bessie Smith, Listen...
271: "All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley Listen... Lyrics...
276: Vivaldi Wikipedia
278: "That's Amore" by Dean Martin Look/Listen to Martin singing this tune Lyrics...
289: Bonzo Dog Band Look/Listen to the Doo Dahs perform "Death Cab for Cutie" in the Beatles' film Magical Mystery Tour
299: "Interstellar Overdrive" by Pink Floyd Look/Listen to the Floyd perform "Interstellar Overdrive" (with Syd Barrett)
300: "Tears on My Pillow" by Little Anthony & The Imperials Listen... Lyrics...
318: Mike Curb's score from The Big Bounce (1969). Listen to "When Somebody Cares for You" from The Big Bounce.
330: "Elusive Butterfly" by Bob Lind Wikipedia Listen... Lyrics...
331: Glen Campbell Wikipedia Listen...
332: "Yummy Yummy Yummy" by Ohio Express (covered by Herb Alpert) Listen... Lyrics...
338: Rocio Durcal Wikipedia
352: Theme from Hawaii Five-O Listen...
356: "Something in the Air" by Thunderclap Newman Listen... Lyrics... Wikipedia
360: "We Should Be Together" sung by Shirley Temple and George Murphey Look/Listen...
363: Dick Dale Wikipedia
364: "Help Me Rhonda" by the Beach Boys Look/Listen to a 1965 Beach Boys performance of this tune Lyrics...
365: "Volare" Listen to Dean Martin sing this Lyrics...
365: "Java Jive" Listen to the Ink Spots sing their hit version of this tune Lyrics...
368: "Super Market" by Fapardokly Wikipedia Listen... Lyrics...
368: Elephant's Memory Wikipedia Listen to them perform "Mongoose" (1970)
368: "Stranger in Love" covered by The Spaniels Wikipedia Listen to the Spaniels sing "Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight"
368: "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys Listen to the Beach Boys perform this, with Brian Wilson on lead vocal Lyrics...

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