Musical coincidences # 270

June 30, 2012

This particular coincidence emanated from a post on the PowerPop blog. One of the blog’s contributors, Steve Smiles Simels (Hi, Steve!), posted a song he liked called “All Things Retro” by Dave Birk.

The post resulted in a few comments, the first of which was from Blue Ash Fan:

“Isn’t that the chorus from FoW‘s “It Must Be Summer?” And, hell, even the verses employ the same motif. Or am I imagining things?”

A few other people mentioned the similarity, and then the embattled songwriter Dave Birk (hi, Dave!) left a comment stating in a heartfelt manner that the coincidence was entirely coincidental.

This is what got people going “Hey, that’s…”:

Dave Birk – “All Things Retro (2012) (excerpt)

Fountains of Wayne – “It Must be Summer” (1999) (excerpt)

Here are the full versions:

Dave Birk – “All Things Retro (2012)

Fountains of Wayne – “It Must be Summer” (1999)

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