The world seems to be getting more self-referential with every passing day — the endlessly meta nature of the Internet means that at times it feels like culture is at risk of devolving into one giant in-joke. Still, with all that said, it’s still notable that two of our favorite songs of recent weeks — Priests’ “Lana” and Speedy Ortiz’s “Taylor Swift” — are inspired to varying extents by mainstream pop stars. This isn’t an entirely new phenomenon, mind you; there’s a long-ish tradition of indie bands writing songs that reference their mainstream counterparts, either directly or obliquely. Here are ten of the best.
Priests — ”Lana”
Why yes, the titular “Lana” of this song by most excellent Washington-based punks Priests is indeed Lana Del Rey, and honestly, it’s a whole lot better than anything Lizzy Grant herself has recorded. The song (track three on the player embedded above) parodies and questions Del Rey’s it’s-all-for-you aesthetic: “He says he needs me/ He says he loves me ‘cos I told him so.”