Musical coincidences # 338

November 20, 2012

When I posted the previous coincidence in this series (# 337), one involving a band called fun., regular reader fitzall piped up with this comment:

“And when I hear the start of fun.’s previous hit ‘We Are Young’ I want to burst in to ‘Zabadak’ by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich.”

I hadn’t heard “Zabadak” before (I didn’t even know it existed), so I went a-looking for it. When I heard the beastie, my first response to fitzy’s comment was:

“I’m not surprised.”

The similarity is that both songs start with a drum beat, and that drum beat is remarkably similar. If I wrote it down – which is precisely what I’m going to do – and asked you to tap it out, or sing it to yourself, I’d ask you to tap/sing very steadily the following beat. Each uppercase word is louder than the lowercase ones.

OK. Here’s your beat:

DUM dum dum DUM dum dum DUM dum

And here’s what fitzall heard:

fun. – “We Are Young (2011) (excerpt)

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Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – “Zabadak! (1967) (excerpt)

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Thanks for spotting that, Mr. Astute Coincidence Spotter Fitzall. (Please let me know if that’s not your actual name.)

In addition to that, when I heard that beat in both those songs I was reminded of:

Van Halen – “Everybody Wants Some!! (1980) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

fun. – “We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe) (2011)

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Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – “Zabadak! (1967)

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Van Halen – “Everybody Wants Some!! (1980)

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