Musical coincidences # 219

My friend Pete (Hi, Pete!) suggested today’s coincidence. I must admit, though, that I couldn’t just leave Pete’s suggestion alone – I added another track to the mix.

You may know about the “Ghostbusters” / “I Want A New Drug” kerfuffle that occurred in 1984. If you don’t, then here are the salient points:

  • Huey Lewis And The News‘s “I Want A New Drug” was released on January 3, 1984 to a suspecting* public. (*Huey and the boys were releasing records with alarming regularity, so the public had a fair idea the band was going to release something sometime.)
  • The Ghostbusters movie was released on June 7, 1984, containing the theme song (conveniently called “Ghostbusters”) by Ray Parker, Jr. It sounded suspiciously like “I Want A New Drug”. (It still does.)
  • Huey’s record company complained to Ray’s record company about the similarity. They settled out of court. As far as I know, there were no fisticuffs.

Now that you’re up to date (or, if you knew all of that, you’re way ahead of me), I want to mention that I think both of those tracks owe a little something to another song from five years earlier: “Pop Muzik” by M. Whenever I hear either of those later tracks I automatically think of “Pop Muzik”.

In order to show you the lineage of this “Hey, they’re all the same!” scenario, I’ve taken bits of each and put them together in reverse chronological order:

Ray Parker, Jr. – “Ghostbusters (1984) (excerpt) /
Huey Lewis And The News – “I Want A New Drug (1984) (excerpt) /
M – “Pop Muzik (1979) (excerpt)
(mashup)

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Here are the full versions:

Ray Parker, Jr. – “Ghostbusters (1984)

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Huey Lewis And The News – “I Want A New Drug (1984)

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M – “Pop Muzik (1979)

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3 Responses to Musical coincidences # 219

  1. FD13NYC says:

    Hey Peter, with this new Grooveshark thing you're using. How do you download these songs?

  2. Peter says:

    Unfortunately FD13NYC, one of the disadvantages of Grooveshark is that you're not able to download a file. Links aren't available for any of the MP3s residing in Grooveshark. That was one of the reasons I was reluctant to use Grooveshark instead of DivShare. (Note to self: See if DivShare has gone back to behaving itself.)

    However…

    I've investigated the “Hey, why can't I download those MP3s?” situation and have discovered that you can download from Grooveshark — as long as you don't mind installing something called Orbit Download. You can download it here: http://www.orbitdownloader.com/Orbit-Grooveshark-downloader.htm. According to Orbit, it allows you to download any Grooveshark file.

    PS: I've just checked DivShare and it looks like it's back to being marvellous again. Time to change some links methinks…

  3. Peter says:

    Hey, FD13NYC: I think I've figured out what I can do. It's fiddly but it appears to work. I'm now uploading the files to both Grooveshark and DivShare, using the Grooveshark media player and DivShare's direct links. Until DivShare goes back to being trouble-free, I guess this method will have to do.

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