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I’ve been digging the new LMFAO song, “Sorry for Party Rocking,” not just because it’s a pretty good song but because, as a follow-up to the duo’s hit “Party Rock Anthem,” the new song is the latest in a long line of rock ‘n’ roll sequel songs: songs by artists who try to ride the wave of a big hit by recording a piggyback follow-up. Notable examples include:

• Chuck Berry, “Johnny B. Goode” and “Johnny Bye Bye”

• Buddy Holly, “Peggy Sue” and “Peggy Sue Got Married”

• Chubby Checker, “The Twist” and “Let’s Twist Again”

• Lesley Gore, “It’s My Party” (“and I’ll cry if I want to”) and “Judy’s Turn to Cry”

• The Marvelettes, “Please Mr. Postman” and (riding memewaves) “Twistin’ Postman”

• The Supremes, “Love Child” and (the most depressing sequel song ever) “I’m Living in Shame”

• Barrett Strong, “Money (That’s What I Want)” and (having gotten what he wanted) “Money and Me”

• Edwin Starr, “War” and (getting more explicit, since people apparently didn’t listen the first time) “Stop the War Now”

• The Ramones, “Judy is a Punk” and “The Return of Jackie and Judy”

• Harry Chapin, “Taxi” and the aptly titled “Sequel”

• The Charlie Daniels Band, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and “The Devil Comes Back to Georgia”

• The Royal Guardsmen, “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron” and “Snoopy’s Christmas”

• Elmo and Patsy, “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” and (by just Elmo, possibly inspired by his artistic and marital divorce from Patsy in the interim) “Grandma’s Gonna Sue the Pants Off Santa”

Any good ones I missed? What are your favorite sequel songs?

- Jay Gabler

(Source: tcdailyplanet.net)

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