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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Musical coincidences # 258

June 9, 2012

This coincidence stems from Scott McCarl‘s song, “In Love Without You”, and it involves not one, but four five other artists. (The fifth one is thanks to my friend Steve after this post was first published. Hi, Steve!)

It totals three coincidences, and they all occur within the first 30 seconds of Scott’s song. This is a doozy of a coincidence, and it’s all thanks to two three people: blog commenter “side3” (Hi, side3!) and Scott McCarl, the chap who recorded it in the first place. (And my friend Steve. See Coincidence 1 below.) But I’ll back up a little and start at the start.

I posted a song by the Raspberries called “Play On”. Commenter side3 mentioned that one-time Raspberry Scott McCarl had released a solo album, and that one of the songs on it was “In Love Without A Girl”. Side3 called the song a “fantastic piece of power pop”.

I had a listen to “In Love Without A Girl” and… here we are.

Because this may get messy I’ll try not to interject with cumbersome comments and just let the excerpts speak for themselves:

COINCIDENCE 1

Scott McCarl – “In Love Without A Girl” (1998) (excerpt 1)

The Cars – “Just What I Needed (1978) (excerpt)

(My friend Steve reminded me of “Stacy’s Mom”. Thanks, Steve!)

Fountains Of Wayne – “Stacy’s Mom (2003) (excerpt)

COINCIDENCE 2

Scott McCarl – “In Love Without A Girl” (1998) (excerpt 2)

The Beatles – “Ticket To Ride (1965) (excerpt)

and

Jellyfish – “The King Is Half-Undressed” (1990) (excerpt)

COINCIDENCE 3

Actually, I will interject just for this coincidence. I want to point out that the coincidence in this excerpt occurs at the end, when the band crashes into E minor then A major:

Scott McCarl – “In Love Without A Girl” (1998) (excerpt 3)

A band I get into trouble for mentioning by name (here I’ll call them ‘Left-Right Boil’) – “No Time For Games” (1980) (excerpt)

Here are shorter excerpts where you can hear the specific coincidence:

Scott McCarl – “In Love Without A Girl” (1998) (excerpt 3 – shorter)

Left-Right Boil – “No Time For Games” (1980) (excerpt – shorter)

Here are the full versions of everything above:

Scott McCarl – “In Love Without A Girl” (1998)

The Cars – “Just What I Needed (1978)

Fountains Of Wayne – “Stacy’s Mom (2003)

The Beatles – “Ticket To Ride (1965)

Jellyfish – “The King Is Half-Undressed” (1990)

Left-Right Boil – “No Time For Games” (1980)


Phew.


Musical coincidences # 241

May 13, 2012

One of my favourite parts in The Cars‘ “My Best Friend’s Girl” is this little guitar lick:

The Cars – “My Best Friend’s Girl (1978) (excerpt)

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And ever since I first heard it, it has always reminded me of:

The Beatles – “I Will (1968) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

The Cars – “My Best Friend’s Girl (1978)

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The Beatles – “I Will (1968)

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Musical coincidences # 202

March 20, 2012

This coincidence involves a backwards drum beat (that’s the coincidence), something that messes with my brain. This percussive legerdemain is basically a regular beat played in reverse, with the snare drum playing the first beat and the bass drum playing the off beats. So instead of “boom tish, boom tish”, it’s “tish boom, tish boom”. It’s so unusual in a pop song that I’ve only ever heard it utilise in two:

The Fortunes – “Freedom Come, Freedom Go” (1971) (excerpt)

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The Cars – “Just What I Needed (1978) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

The Fortunes – “Freedom Come, Freedom Go” (1971)

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The Cars – “Just What I Needed (1978)

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If you know of any other songs that have backwards drum beats in them, I’d be happy to put them here.

I’d like to thank fellow Australian blogger Stonefish (Hi, Stoney!) for prompting this coincidence. He played “Freedom Come, Freedom Go” on his blog the other day, and that got me thinking…


Song of the day: Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – "I’ll Be There"

September 24, 2011

Have you always wanted to hear The Jackson 5‘s “I’ll Be There” played as if it was The Cars‘ “Just What I Needed“? Yep, me too.

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – “I’ll Be There (2003)

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The first time I heard it I was grinning throughout, but I laughed out loud when they started shouting “Hey!”.

Here are the originals for an instructive comparison on how you can merge two unbelievably unrelated songs:

The Jackson 5 – “I’ll Be There (1970)

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The Cars – “Just What I Needed (1978)

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