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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