Musical coincidences # 212

This coincidence is what I might call A Tale of Two Michaels (if I was looking for a really bad pun). It was supplied by my friend Steve (Hi, Steve!).

Steve told me that he reckoned the start of Australian power pop balladeer Michael Carpenter‘s “Faith” sounded like the start of Michael Jackson‘s “Black Or White“. I must admit that I didn’t think the coincidence was all that strong. But then I wondered if it might sound a bit stronger if I joined the two bits of music together, mashup-style. I thoroughly enjoyed the results:

Michael Carpenter – “Faith” (2000) & Michael Jackson – “Black Or White (1991) (smooshed up mashy thing)


That was fun.

Here are the full versions:

By the way…

Call To All Coincidence Spotters

At the very start of Mr. Carpenter’s song is a little introduction before the full band kicks in. It reminds me very much of something, but I can’t for the life of me think of what that something is. My brain’s telling me that the coincidence is extremely similar, but it’s bothering me enormously that I can’t figure out what it is.

If you can help out a frustrated blogger by letting me know what the following snippet is reminiscent of, I’d be much obliged.

Snippet A:

Michael Carpenter – “Faith” (2000) (2000) (excerpt)


Snippet B:



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