Musical coincidences # 145

Teen Machine’s After School Special is a rock/power-pop/bubblegum/glam album full of non-serious rock/power-pop/bubblegum/glam tracks. It has a very high fun quotient. (As a huge ABBA fan, I’m pleased to say that the album has a splendid cover of “Does Your Mother Know” on it. Admittedly, it’s not radically different from the original, but it has loud guitars. And it’s fun.)

After School Special is a real magpie of a record, as it grabs musical influences from all over the place. It cheerfully steals from The Cars, Cheap Trick, Gary Glitter, Brownsville Station, even Elton John. Part of the enjoyment of listening to the record (well, for me anyway) is playing spot-the-rip-off. Most of the influences are fairly subtle, but there was one bit in a song where the similarity to something else was quite marked:

Teen Machine – “Sissies” (2000) (excerpt)

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I reckon that melody sounds awfully, awfully close to:

Joe Jackson – “Is She Really Going Out With Him? (1979) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Teen Machine – “Sissies” (2000)

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Joe Jackson – “Is She Really Going Out With Him? (1979)

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