Musical coincidences # 231

April 30, 2012

Today’s coincidence revolves around Disney tween, Miley “I don’t wanna be a Disney tween anymore! I’m all grown up and sexeh!” Cyrus. I happened upon a song of hers called “Start All Over“. As soon as Miley (or her Auto-Tune) starting singing the verse, the melody reminded me of something from the Sixties. This is the bit:

Miley Cyrus – “Start All Over (2007) (excerpt)

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Exactly what that tune reminded me of, I wasn’t entirely sure. At first I thought it might have been The Move‘s “I Can Hear The Grass Grow“:

The Move – “I Can Hear The Grass Grow (1967) (excerpt)

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But that wasn’t quite it. It took a little more humming to myself and a little more brain-wracking before I got it. That Miley Cyrus verse reminds me of this:

The Zombies – “If It Don’t Work Out” (1969) (excerpt)

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Yep. That’s it.

Here are the full versions:

Miley Cyrus – “Start All Over (2007)

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The Move – “I Can Hear The Grass Grow (1967)

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The Zombies – “If It Don’t Work Out” (1969)

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Song of the day: Squeeze – "I’ve Returned"

April 30, 2012

A recent article on Popdose has prompted today’s song. It was a concert review of Squeeze‘s recent appearance in New Jersey (they’re currently roaming around the United States of Americans). The set list for that night was provided at the end of the post, and I noticed that among all the “I’d love to hear that Squeeze song played live” songs on that list, the following wasn’t one of them:

Squeeze – “I’ve Returned (1982)

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Ah well.


Musical coincidences # 230

April 29, 2012

I recently heard an obscure song from 1968 called “Fogbound” by a band called The Smoke over at the very enjoyable A Bit Like You And Me blog. (The specific post is here.) The song is typical of 1968 in that it’s influenced by The Beatles (what wasn’t in 1968?) – so much so that the song even quotes “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” as it fades out.

We’ll get to that bit of Beatles-pilfering later, but first the coincidence:

The Smoke – “Fogbound” (1968) (excerpt)

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Leonard Bernstein – “Maria” (from West Side Story) (excerpt)
(Michael Ball, tenor; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Barry Wordsworth)

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That tune is certainly turning out to be a popular one, because it was also used in another song that I know of. I mentioned it in a previous Musical coincidence some time ago, but I’ll play it here:

Chris Brown – “All My Rivals” (2006) (excerpt)

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Yep. A popular tune.

Oh, and that reference to “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”? Here it is:

The Smoke – “Fogbound” (1968) (shameless excerpt)

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The Beatles – “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (1967) (excerpt)

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Here are the full tracks:

The Smoke – “Fogbound” (1968)

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Chris Brown – “All My Rivals” (2006)

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Leonard Bernstein – “Maria” (from West Side Story)
(Michael Ball, tenor; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Barry Wordsworth)

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Song of the day: Mother Goose – "You Love Me"

April 29, 2012

I was debating with myself whether or not to play you today’s song. When I first listened to it I thought “Hmm, this is a pretty ordinary song”, but then the vocal harmonies in the chorus hit me and I thought “Wow, they’re gorgeous”.

So, courtesy of gorgeous vocal harmonies* here’s New Zealand band Mother Goose:

Mother Goose – “You Love Me” (1977)

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(*And Ozzie Music Man, who had the song. Thanks, Ozzie!)


Musical coincidences # 229

April 28, 2012

Today’s coincidence was supplied by my friend Pete (Hi, Pete!).

The Spencer Davis Group – “Gimme Some Lovin’ (1966) (excerpt)

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Dollar – “Shooting Star” (1979) (excerpt)

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Yep. That sounds similar enough to me. Thanks, Pete.

Semi-Urgent Update:

I’ve been informed by Pete that the MP3 of the above Dollar track I had was not the original but a re-recording. (Note to Dollar: why re-record your own song? Wasn’t the first version good enough?) Here’s the original recording:

Dollar – “Shooting Star” (1979) (the correct one) (excerpt)

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End of Semi-Urgent Update.

But that’s not where today’s coincidence ends. No sirree.

When I read Wikipedia’s entry for “Gimme Some Lovin'”, I saw this:

The basic riff of the song was borrowed from the Homer Banks song “(Ain’t That) A Lot of Love”.

That was news to me. Suitably intrigued, I found the Homer Banks song. Here’s the main riff:

Homer Banks – “A Lot Of Love” (1966) (excerpt)

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Wow. Homer was ripped off big time.

Here are the full versions:

Thieving Mongrels The Spencer Davis Group – “Gimme Some Lovin’ (1966)

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Dollar – “Shooting Star” (1979)

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Dollar – “Shooting Star” (1979) (remake)

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Homer Banks – “A Lot Of Love” (1966)

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Song of the day: Thin Lizzy – "The Warrior" (BBC Session)

April 28, 2012

After yesterday’s wimpiness, I feel the need to play you something with a bit of muscle:

Thin Lizzy – “The Warrior” (BBC Session) (1976)

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Musical coincidences # 228

April 27, 2012

I’m afraid that this is going to be convoluted. I must admit that I’m slightly reluctant to call what you’re going to hear “coincidences”, because for me the music in this post is more about influences than coincidences – but I can’t really think of anywhere else I can put these on the blog.

OK, first things first (where first things usually are): This post was prompted by my coincidence-detective friend Michael (Hi, Michael!).

I asked Michael if he didn’t mind me pinching a bit of his email text for this post, and he didn’t. I’m extremely glad, because it’ll make the post much more comprehendible. I also hope Michael doesn’t mind me editing his text a little.

Here’s Michael’s (slightly modified) text, with my responses:

Michael: “I was reading your post on Run Run Run by Jo Jo Gunne [here], and the reference to Run Run Run by the Flying Circus on Stonefish’s Music Blog [here]. It then occurred to me there’s another Run, Run, Run released in the late 60s by a bunch of studio musos called The Third Rail. It was a type of protest song and it included Joey Levine who went on to sing with The Ohio Express. It performed moderately in the US. I then played it and noticed around the 15 sec mark that it sounded a hell of a lot like part of Life Is A Rock But The Radio Rolled Me (from the 10 sec mark) by Reunion from 1974 – also a bunch of studio muso’s, and the lead vocal? Yep, Joey Levine!”

Me: As Ned Flanders says: “Well, if that don’t put the ‘dink’ in ‘coinkidink’!”

Michael: “Wikipedia states that the latter part of this song is based on the tune Soothe Me by Sam & Dave.”

Me: I’ve just listened to “Soothe Me” and I must admit I can’t pick it. I don’t know what they’re on about.

Michael: “Then I discovered that part of the tune from Life Is A Rock (the 10 seconds onwards bit) was used for a promotion by McDonalds in the late 80s. Talk about milking it for all its worth!

Me: Yes sirree. And that McDonalds jingle is about as deliberate a rip-off as you’ll ever hear. (Michael told me later that McDonalds had full permission to ransack the tune.)

Michael: “The McDonalds file attached is very scratchy.”

Me: It sure is. But I’ve pestered it and it’s now less scratchy than it was.

Here are the songs:

The Third Rail – “Run, Run, Run” (1967)

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Reunion – “Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me) (1974)

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The McDonalds Menu Song (1989)

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I reckon that because this post is all about fast-talkin’ tracks, you can throw this into the mix as well:

Plastic Ono Band – “Give Peace A Chance (1969)

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