Musical coincidences # 334

November 15, 2012

My friend Steve (Hi, Steve!) asked me if I’d ever had a post that featured songs using the riff from T. Rex‘s “Get It On“. My immediate answer was “Nope”, so Steve supplied some tracks he knew of that borrowed the riff, and I found some others.

First of all, here’s the T. Rex riff:

T. Rex – “Get It On (1971) (excerpt)

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Apparently, that riff stemmed from a much earlier song. Wikipedia says:

[T. Rex’s Marc] Bolan claimed to have written the song out of his desire to record Chuck Berry‘s “Little Queenie”, and said that the riff is taken from the Berry song.”

My guess is that this is the part of “Little Queenie” that Marc Bolan appropriated:

Chuck Berry – “Little Queenie” (1959) (excerpt)

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Here’s a cavalcade of copycats:

The Rolling Stones – “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It) (1974) (excerpt)

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AC/DC – “High Voltage (1975) (excerpt)

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The Cars – “Dangerous Type” (1979) (excerpt)

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Andy Taylor – “Take It Easy” (1986) (excerpt)

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The most litigious musician on the Internet – “Cream (1991) (excerpt)

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Oasis – “Cigarettes & Alcohol (1994) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Chuck Berry – “Little Queenie” (1959)

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T. Rex – “Get It On (1971)

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The Rolling Stones – “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It) (1974)

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AC/DC – “High Voltage (1975)

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The Cars – “Dangerous Type” (1979)

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Andy Taylor – “Take It Easy” (1986)

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The most litigious musician on the Internet – “Cream (1991)

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Oasis – “Cigarettes & Alcohol (1994)

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Musical coincidences # 325

November 1, 2012

This coincidence comes to you courtesy of me accidentally finding a blog chock full of pop songs I’d never heard before.

I was looking for an album cover for one of my posts (this one) and found it on a blog called gorgeous!. The blog called gorgeous! appears to be a place that does nothing but preview songs by a multitude of new bands, because I was inundated with a vast amount of songs by bands I’d never heard of (except for the one that had the album cover I was after). Whilst there, I ferreted about playing bits of songs.

(By the way, even if you ferret about playing just bits of songs on that blog, you’re not like to run out of them in a hurry, because there are oodles. Scads. Squillions.)

One of the bands I found on gorgeous! (I do like typing that name) is Hidden Pictures. Their featured song was “Calling Christine”. I played it and…

I was surprised.

Now, I know nothing about Hidden Pictures – where they’re from, how many are in the band, how long they’ve been together etc. – but I do know that the verse of “Calling Christine” is remarkably similar to the chorus of an extremely well-known rock song:

Hidden Pictures – “Calling Christine (2012) (excerpt)

AC/DC – “You Shook Me All Night Long (1980) (excerpt)

Here are the full versions:

Hidden Pictures – “Calling Christine (2012)

AC/DC – “You Shook Me All Night Long (1980)


Musical coincidences # 201

March 19, 2012

This particular coincidence arrives here via a circuitous route. I heard it from my friend Steve (How do, Steve!), and Steve heard it from someone else.

First up, here’s Cheap Trick with the beginning of their song “World’s Greatest Lover”:

Cheap Trick – “World’s Greatest Lover” (1980) (excerpt)

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I’d say that would have been a novel and unique way to start a rock song, but unfortunately for Cheap Trick, AC/DC did something suspiciously similar four years earlier at the start of one of their songs:

AC/DC – “Big Balls” (1976) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Cheap Trick – “World’s Greatest Lover” (1980)

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AC/DC – “Big Balls” (1976)

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Song of the day: AC/DC – "Let There Be Rock"

October 15, 2011

After yesterday’s relatively timid affair, I’m in the mood to crank things right up.

[Before you press play, a suggestion: Maximum volume, please.]

AC/DC – “Let There Be Rock (1977)

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Live (November 10, 1978 at the Unversity of Essex):

Live (last filmed performance of Bon Scott, December 1979 at the Pavilion De Paris):


Song of the day: AC/DC – "High Voltage"

June 4, 2011

In case yesterday’s song didn’t have enough guitars for you, here’s one that has more:

AC/DC – “High Voltage (1975)

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Song of the day: AC/DC – "Jailbreak"

March 21, 2010

Today’s post is a commemorative one for me. The details will be of no interest to you whatsoever, but it’s of historical importance to yours truly, so please forgive me as I go misty-eyed.

Right, here we go…

I recently came across a live bootleg of an AC/DC gig when they played in Adelaide on Saturday 4 December 1976.

No big deal, I hear you say. Fair enough. But what makes this recording special for me is that this is a document of the very first concert I ever went to. (Yes, indeedy: 15 years old, platform shoes, flared trousers etc.) It was a triple-header: The Angels came on first, then Kevin Borich Express, and then AC/DC.

The two things I remember most about the concert are that it was very loud and that AC/DC were very, very good.

Here’s AC/DC in all their glory on that very night with a blazing performance of “Jailbreak” (1976):

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What I love about this version of “Jailbreak” – apart from me being there – is Angus Young‘s guitar solo. It’s astoundingly good. But then Angus has always been an astoundingly good guitarist.

More details about the bootleg can be found at the Rock on Vinyl blog where you can hear the rest of AC/DC’s performance and see a few photos of the band, as well as one of the venue (which is the picture at the top of this post). Thanks, Rock On Vinyl!

And…

More details about the gig itself can be found at AC/DC-Bootlegs – which, incidentally, is where that photo of Apollo Stadium originally appeared (and the original photo is nice’n’big, too). Thanks, AC/DC-Bootlegs!


Song of the day: AC/DC – "Can I Sit Next To You, Girl"

June 14, 2009

Here’s AC/DC with “Can I Sit Next To You, Girl” – in two versions.

First, the 1974 version with original lead singer Dave Evans, and it has a touch of the glam to it:

AC/DC – “Can I Sit Next To You, Girl (1974)

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Especially with the satin flared pants:

Exit Dave Evans (after only one single), and enter Bon Scott.

When Bon joined the band, the song was rearranged so that it more resembles the AC/DC we all know. Whereas the Dave version has a slightly innocent, “hold my hand” vibe about it, the Bon version is dirtier, with more a “put my hand down your blowse” feel to it. It’s like the difference between cordial and beer:

AC/DC – “Can I Sit Next To You Girl (1975)

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The other main difference between the two versions is that the second one doesn’t have the comma in the title (I have no idea why they dropped it). The Bon version (without the comma) was recorded in 1975 and put on AC/DC’s second album, T.N.T. (in Australia, that is – it appeared on the 1976 international release of High Voltage).

The first version was only ever released as a single, and only in Australia.