Musical coincidences # 348

My friend Scott (Hi, Scotty!) pestered Facebook with a song by Australian band The City Lights. The song’s called “What You Gonna Do?”, and now that I’ve heard it I can answer that question:

“What am I gonna do? I’m gonna let people know about a coincidence I found in it. That’s what I’m gonna do.”

In the song is a middle section that contains a chord progression that I found instantly recognisable.

If you have a guitar handy, these are the chords:

(play for half a bar)
(half a bar)
(a full bar)
then
(half a bar)
(half a bar)
(a full bar)

Here it is in The City Lights song:

The City Lights – “What You Gonna Do?” (2004) (excerpt)

Link

I’ve only ever heard that chord progression in one other rock song. It’s not just those chords, because they’re fairly common, but those exact chords in that order, played for specific lengths.

That chord progression can also be found here:

The Who – “See Me Feel Me / Listening To You (1969) (excerpt)

Link

Oh yeah.

Here are the full versions:

The City Lights – “What You Gonna Do?” (2004)
[The chord progression in question starts at 1:31]

The Who – “See Me Feel Me / Listening To You (1969)

Link

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