What songs should we include in a mix CD for Eileen, Lola and Gilbert?
October 16, 2005 6:02 PM   Subscribe

A friend is making a mix cd for a friend named Eileen. She'd like all the songs to somehow be themed around the names Eileen, Lola (her daughter) and Gilbert (her husband). What songs should she include?

We've already got "Come on Eileen" (along with the cover by Save Ferris) and "Lola", obviously, but not being the supreme music geeks we wish we were, we can't get any further. Any ideas?
posted by sa3z to Grab Bag (25 answers total)
Sam Roberts - Don't Walk Away Eileen
The Stills - Lola Stars and Stripes

Yeah, I got nothing for Gilbert...
posted by quarked at 6:18 PM on October 16, 2005

Gilbert Green - The Bee Gees
posted by iconomy at 6:19 PM on October 16, 2005

Skid Row had a song named "Eileen".

Sam Roberts sang "Don't Walk Away Eileen".

Ricky Martin sang Lola, Lola.

And there are, of course, a number of songs by Gilbert O'Sullivan
posted by mr_crash_davis at 6:22 PM on October 16, 2005

What about Copacabana?

Also, dumping search terms into iTunes Music Store is tremendously useful for things like this. There's a much covered song called 'Eileen', for example.
posted by jacquilynne at 6:23 PM on October 16, 2005

David Bowie's song "She's Got Medals" has the lyrics:

She deserted on the previous morning
Replaced her uniform with dresses silk and green
Called herself Eileen
Came to London town
Now she's settled down
She's got medals
posted by thewittyname at 6:29 PM on October 16, 2005

Lola (My Love) - Stevie Nicks
Lola - McFly
posted by iconomy at 6:30 PM on October 16, 2005

Yoda - 'Weird Al' Yankovic (a 'Lola' parody)
Alone Again - Biz Markie (the Biz got sued over his Gilbert O'Sullivan sample)
something from the Run Lola Run soundtrack
maybe some Gilberto Gil?
posted by box at 6:36 PM on October 16, 2005

The Kinks - Lola
posted by Rothko at 6:36 PM on October 16, 2005

Just in case you don't know, the lyrics of the Kinks' "Lola" are about a transsexual. Just in case your friends might not be happy about that.
posted by AmbroseChapel at 6:45 PM on October 16, 2005

"Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets," originally from Damn Yankees (the musical, not the band), but covered by every jazz musician ever. I like the Sarah Vaughan version.
posted by LittleMissCranky at 6:46 PM on October 16, 2005

Keith Richards has a song called "Eileen" on his solo album Main Offender. (My name is Eileen).
posted by emd3737 at 7:22 PM on October 16, 2005

Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
Lola - Kinks
Something by Gilbert & Sullivan
posted by acoutu at 7:55 PM on October 16, 2005

STOP. Astrud Gilberto is one of my favorite artists... because love is the saddest thing.. when it goes away...
posted by Mr T at 8:11 PM on October 16, 2005

"Gilbert," by Calexico. The only in-print release I could find is from this year's edition of the series I Heard It On NPR.
posted by skyboy at 8:33 PM on October 16, 2005

Who could forget the lyrical masterpiece "A E I O U Sometimes Y" from supergroup Ebn-Ozn? "Lola, Lola, Lola, Lola ..." Lyrics here.

Huh! Do I wanna go out!
posted by user92371 at 8:50 PM on October 16, 2005

If you try to find "Lola" by Stevie Nicks , be aware it's actually a Buckingham/Nicks song and not on any cds, so...
posted by artifarce at 9:06 PM on October 16, 2005

I would suggest The Raincoats' cover of "Lola" over the original, if you can find it.
posted by cloeburner at 9:31 PM on October 16, 2005

Now holding a sweep for the number of times that sa3z will be recommended "Lola, by the Kinks" by people who don't read the question fully, or the thread...

There's a Spanish actress called Beatriz Luengo who is most famous for playing a character called Lola, and she's just released an album - might be a bit tenuous already, but you might be starting to get bored of The Kinks by now... (Not-completely-interestingly, if you put Beatriz Luengo into amazon.com, it suggests Bebel Gilberto, the step-daugther of Mr T's Astrud Gilberto, above...
posted by benzo8 at 10:03 PM on October 16, 2005

songs from the Run Lola Run soundtrack.
posted by trixie_bee at 10:30 PM on October 16, 2005

bebel gilberto - samba de bencao [!!!]
astrud gilberto - stay [!!!]
clifford gilberto - restless [!!!]
gilberto gil - pe da roserio
joao gilberto - girl from ipanema

[!!!] = awesome!!!
posted by cloeburner at 10:58 PM on October 16, 2005

The Sarah Vaughn version of "Whatever Lola Wants" mentioned above is remixed very nicely on The Verve Remixed 2.
posted by radioamy at 1:51 AM on October 17, 2005

the Cure also have a cover of "Come On Eileen"
posted by mdn at 7:47 AM on October 17, 2005

"Darlin' Eileen" from the musical "Wonderful Town" in quartet form sung by a bunch of Irish policmen. Kind of an Iriish jig.
posted by leafwoman at 8:05 AM on October 17, 2005

Thanks for all the suggestions! They're great so far and I'm sure they will prove very useful. Also, jacquilynne, thanks for the extra tip -- I'll give it a whirl for this and future mixes. Keep 'em coming if you can.
posted by sa3z at 12:36 PM on October 17, 2005

You should also check out Mr. Dope America's version of "Come On Eileen." [mp3] While you're at it, it you should check out "Africa" and "Still Lovin' You" too, not 'cause they're about Lola or Eileen, just 'cause they're hillarious. For those interested, all of their songs can be downloaded from here.
posted by pwb503 at 11:43 PM on October 17, 2005

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