Musical coincidences # 193

March 9, 2012

Yesterday’s coincidence involved Boston‘s “More Than A Feeling“. Thanks to Wikipedia, “More Than A Feeling” will be mercilessly pestered yet again.

In the entry for “More Than A Feeling”, Wikipedia says:

It is also very much similar (same descending pattern) to the opening riff of Elton John‘s “Screw You (Young Man’s Blues)”.

Here we go:

Boston – “More Than A Feeling (1976) (excerpt)

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Elton John – “Screw You (Young Man’s Blues)” (1972) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Boston – “More Than A Feeling (1976)

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Elton John – “Screw You (Young Man’s Blues)” (1972)

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Incidentally, Wikipedia’s entry for “More Than A Feeling” also listed some other tiny resemblances to other songs, but I thought that they were very nitpicky. (Well, more nitpicky than usual round here.)

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Musical coincidences # 192

March 8, 2012

A chappy by the name of Peter (Hi, Peter! – I like your name) emailed me the other day with a coincidence that I have to say, considering how many years I’ve heard both songs and not noticed the coincidence, is blindingly obvious. It involves two extremely well-known songs, one American and one Australian (Note to non-Australians: take it from me, the Australian song in this coincidence is incredibly well-known in the land of Australians), and I’m totally shocked that I didn’t notice the similarity between a pair of songs that I’ve been listening to every year for a combined total of 46 years (36 for the American ditty, 10 years for the Australian one). These two songs have been in my head all that time, and my brain never once bothered to make the connection. (Note to brain: Grrr.)

I am extremely pleased that there are people like Peter around who can spot these coincidences.

Boston – “More Than A Feeling (1976) (excerpt)

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Hunters & Collectors – “Holy Grail (1992) (excerpt)

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By the way, not only did the abundantly helpful Peter let me know about the coincidence, he even supplied those excerpts. Much obliged, Mr. Peter.

Here are the full versions:

Boston – “More Than A Feeling (1976)

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Hunters & Collectors – “Holy Grail (1992)

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