Musical coincidences # 76

February 9, 2011

Icehouse were a huge deal here in Australian in the 80’s as their singles and albums were all over the charts in that decade. Their 1981 single “Love in Motion” was no exception – it ended up in the Top 10 (at number 10).

Here’s the start of the chorus of “Love In Motion” (1981):

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And here’s the start of the chorus of David Essex‘s “Rock On” (1973):

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My question to anyone who wants to answer it is this: how come nobody noticed that similarity in 1981? I thought at least somebody would have spotted it. (It is noticeable.)

Here are the full versions:

Icehouse – “Love in Motion (1981)

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David Essex – “Rock On (1973)

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Song of the day: David Essex – "Gonna Make You A Star"

October 10, 2009

Yesterday’s musical coincidence involving David Essex reminded me of how much I liked his songs. Here’s his first UK number one, “Gonna Make You A Star” (1974):

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As a bonus, here’s his second UK number one, “Hold Me Close” (1975):

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Musical coincidences # 28

October 9, 2009

Here’s a bit of the chorus of hair metal rockers Warrant‘s “Cherry Pie” (1990):

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And here’s a bit of the chorus of David Essex‘s “Rock On” (1974), one of the strangest top 5 hits ever recorded:

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For me, there’s a whole lot of similarity in there (“She’s my cherry pie” vs “Hey kid, rock and roll”).

One other notable feature of “Cherry Pie” is that the whole song sounds to me exactly like Def Leppard. Now, I’m not saying that hair metal rockers were bereft of inspiration in the 80’s and 90’s (well, I guess I am), but that’s an awful lot of coincidence for one song.

Hang on. I’ve just read this in the Wikipedia entry for “Cherry Pie”:

“The tune bears a strong resemblance to both Def Leppard‘s hit Pour Some Sugar on Me and Joan Jett‘s hit I Love Rock and Roll.”

I didn’t notice those myself at first (apart from the extreme Def Leppard-ness). I immediately heard “Rock On.”

Now that Wiki mentions it…

Def Leppard – “Pour Some Sugar on Me (1987) (excerpt)

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Joan Jett and The Blackhearts – “I Love Rock ‘n Roll (1982) (excerpt)

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And here are the full versions of what now seems like every song ever recorded:

Warrant – “Cherry Pie” (1990)

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David Essex – “Rock On” (1974)

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Def Leppard – “Pour Some Sugar On Me” (1987)

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Joan Jett and The Blackhearts – “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” (1982)

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