Musical coincidences # 279

July 27, 2012

It’s tiny riff time:

Rick James – “Super Freak (1981) (excerpt)

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Falco – “Der Kommissar (1981) (excerpt)

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After The Fire – “Der Kommissar (1982) (excerpt)

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What I want to know is this: considering Rick’s and Falco’s songs both appeared in 1981, which came first?

I wondered this for a while (approximately three seconds) so I went a-searchin’ on the Internets for some answers. Thanks to one B.C. Schermer on From Yahoo! Answers (Hi, B.C.!), I learned this:

“Neither James nor Falco knew about each other; the note timing is purely coincidence, and the actual pitch sequence separates after barely one measure. Falco, an Austrian, wrote “Der Komissar” as the overture of an SFD-TV crime drama that aired in Germany during the 1980’s; the After The Fire cover version was an extremely rough translation.”

Here are the full versions:

Falco – “Der Kommissar (1981)

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After The Fire – “Der Kommissar (1982)

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Self-Promotion Alert: “Der Kommissar” is also Song of the day.

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Song of the day: Falco – "Der Kommissar"

July 27, 2012

I’ve mentioned this before (and probably used the same words you’re about to read), but some of my friends have been pestering me with songs from the 1980s in an appreciated* attempt to open my ears to the possible wonders of that musical decade.

I’ve responded in the past by playing a couple of 80s song I do like (amongst the thousands I don’t).

Well, I’ve just remembered another one:

Falco – “Der Kommissar (1981)

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And the English language version:

After The Fire – “Der Kommissar (1982)

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Self-Promotion Alert: “Der Kommissar” is also involved in a Musical coincidence.

(*I really do appreciate your attempts to enlighten my dim view of the music of the 1980s. Thanks for the efforts, folks.)