Oh, I wouldn't say any of that stuff is obscure, even though there are a few there I haven't heard of. I will say however I don't like any of it.
What I like about Hotel California is the narrative it builds in it's lyrics. This surreal idea of a hotel that once you enter, you kinda become trapped in. However, this can also be taken to a broader perspective that is echo'ed in songs like Californication by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication [Official Music Video]
Having grown up in California myself I kinda 'get' what these songs are trying to say in that California is less of a place as it is a state of mind. This is reflected in the lyrics from Hotel California where they say 'You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.' The idea here is that once you become 'Californian' you will remain a Californian because being Californian isn't about living in California more than it is living like a Californian, even if you move somewhere else. In Californication this is reflected in the lyrics "It's understood that Hollywood sells Californication." I know most people here won't understand it, but what "California" represents is what it has always represented since it was first colonized: Oppertunity. That has changed a lot over the decades, it starting with the gold rush, and then moving into becoming movie stars, or becoming a tech guru, or whatever. California has always been 'the land of dreams' but at the same time, those dreams can easily become nightmares for those who aren't able to make it.
This is why so many songs exist about California because it has this weird property of having an almost mythical sense of being a wonderland that can either be absolute heaven or a living hell.
Both these songs more or less use that as their narrative. Hotel California presents it as a 'hotel' where people can lose themselves in it, indulging in the pleasures it provides but also becoming prisoners within it.
That is why I find the song so fascinating, because it's a narrative I can relate to and understand, and it's something I don't think you can fully understand without experiencing it yourself.
Almost all songs that I like have a personal meaning to me. I like to be able to relate to it in some way. I have a hard time appreciating a song just for what it is. If it doesn't have personal meaning for me, I usually don't have an interest in it.
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