Song of the day: Union Starr – "Photograph"

January 9, 2013

Somebody posted this song on Facebook (thanks, whoever* you are), and when I played it I found myself liking it almost instantly:

Union Starr – “Photograph” (2012)

If Union Starr’s song wasn’t 1980s pop metal enough for you, try this “Photograph” instead:

Def Leppard – “Photograph (1983)

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(*It was power-popper Jeff Shelton.)

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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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