I reckon this particular musical coincidence is definitely a case of Spot the Difference.
I read a review on Powerpopaholic some time ago about a new album by The Telepathic Butterflies, a band I’d never heard of before. Powerpopaholic’s enthusiastic revew piqued my interest. I then thought: “Hmm. Time to have a listen to some Telepathic Butterflies…”
I listened to the songs on offer at the band’s MySpace page, and when one of their songs came on, my jaw dropped.
(I just noticed that the above paragraphs – and this one – all started with “I”. How egotistical. Note to self: Talk about someone else for a change, you fool.)
Now, before we get to the song that made my jaw drop, here’s the start of “I Want You Back” by the Hoodoo Gurus:
Hoodoo Gurus – “I Want You Back” (excerpt) (1984)
Now here’s the start of the song by those psychic insects:
The Telepathic Butterflies – “Between The Lines” (excerpt) (2009)
Spot the difference.
As far as I can tell, it’s the same key, same chords, same rhythm, same tempo… same!
Here are the full versions:
Hoodoo Gurus – “I Want You Back” (1984)
The Telepathic Butterflies – “Between The Lines” (2009)