Musical coincidences # 143

November 10, 2011

Today’s coincidence is brought to you by someone called John McNaughton, a chap who wrote in to English music magazine MOJO:

MOJO (October 2007, Issue 167, letters section, page 12)
Unfair cop?
In his piece on Reggatta De Blanc [MOJO 165] John Harris says of the title track: “Replete with the recorded debut of the strange Esperanto that Sting would gleefully employ on-stage ‘Gee-yo, Gee-yo, Gee-yo-yo indeed’…” Isn’t it more likely to be a steal and corruption of Bob Marley‘s “Wah-yo, Wah-yo-yo-yo-yo” from Get Up Stand Up? Nonetheless, a brilliant article by Phil Sutcliffe, matched by Fred Dellar‘s Sinatra piece. What an amazing story that was; top-notch music journalism.
– John McNaughton, Campbeltown, Argyll

The Police – “Regatta De Blanc (1979) (excerpt)

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Bob Marley and the Wailers – “Get Up, Stand Up (1975) (excerpt)

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Actually, the non-vocal backing in that snippet of “Get Up, Stand Up” reminds me of the live version of Roxy Music‘s “The Bogus Man”:

Roxy Music – “The Bogus Man” (live) (1976) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

The Police – “Regatta De Blanc (1979)

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Bob Marley and the Wailers – “Get Up, Stand Up (1975)

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Roxy Music – “The Bogus Man” (live) (1976)

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