Hooks and Books 20

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(Note: This is a new edition of “Hooks and Books”, a series that once appeared elsewhere.)  

Hooks and Books 20

In this series, we explore the inspiration behind specific songs. To wit, we examine the connection between certain songs and literature. Without further ado, here is the latest group of hooks and books: 

“Charlotte Sometimes”

“Charlotte Sometimes” is a tune by Brit rock band the Cure.  It was put out as a non-album single on October 5, 1981.  The song is based on and inspired by the well-known book of the same name by author Penelope Farmer.  It made it to number 44 on the UK Singles Chart.

“Don’t Look Back In Anger”

This one was recorded by the English rock band Oasis.  Songwriter Noel Gallagher took a playful poke at John Osborne’s 1956 play Look Back In Anger, which was itself lifted by entertainer David Bowie for a song on his 1979 platter Lodger.  It’s off their 1995 disc (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?  

“Romeo and Juliet”

Here is a song recorded by the Brit band Dire Straits.  It was composed by Mark Knopfler.  Here he rewrites William Shakespeare’s play of the same name.  In his modern version, the lovestruck couple has lost interest in each other.  The song was first featured on the 1980 album Making Movies.

“Scene 3 (Claire’s Response)”

This track is by the nihilistic avant-garde band known as The Residents.  This one was inspired by an 1817 short story named “Der Sandmann” by the Prussian author E. T. A. Hoffman.  The track is included on the band’s 2007 unusual concept album titled The Voice of Midnight.


Finally, this is a song by the English rock group Blur.  It was initially inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel Tender Is The Night which was actually inspired by John Keats’ poem “Ode to a Nightingale” and focused on a breakup.  The 1999 single was the lead-in for their CD 13.