Musical coincidences # 387

April 10, 2013

My friend Michael spotted this one.

The Critics – “Town Girl (1981) (excerpt)

And from two years later:

Billy Joel – “Tell Her About It (1983) (excerpt)

Here are the full versions:

The Critics – “Town Girl (1981)

Billy Joel – “Tell Her About It (1983)

Thanks for having impressively varied listening habits, Michael.

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Musical coincidences # 340

November 28, 2012

Although my friend Steve suggested this particular coincidence (Hi, Steve!), he did so wondering if it was a strong enough one to go on the blog, and if I’d reject it.

Reject? A friend? Never!

I had a listen and thought “Well, both songs are sharing only a slow foot stomp, but what the hey – that’s enough for me.”

So, throwing caution to wherever gets thrown, here are Elton John and Billy Joel slowing things down and stomping their feet in a fairly similar fashion:

Elton John – “Bennie And The Jets (1974) (excerpt)

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Billy Joel – “Big Shot (1979) (excerpt)

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Oh, and Ben Folds Five added a bit of a slow foot-stomper to the end of one of their songs that sounds suspiciously similar to “Bennie And The Jets” or “Big Shot”. I don’t know if it was intended to be an “ironic statement” or anything (it’s hard to tell with Mr. Folds), but the band certainly seems to be referencing at least one of those songs:

Ben Folds Five – “The Last Polka” (1995) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Elton John – “Bennie And The Jets (1974)

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Billy Joel – “Big Shot (1979)

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Ben Folds Five – “The Last Polka” (1995)

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