Musicali coincidences # 403

July 20, 2013

I’ve heard both these songs plenty of times over the years, and I’ve only just noticed this:

Electric Light Orchestra – “Telephone Line (1976) (excerpt)

Bee Gees – “Run To Me (1972) (excerpt)

By the way, that Bee Gees tune also appeared in this coincidence.

Here are the full versions:

Electric Light Orchestra – “Telephone Line (1976)

Bee Gees – “Run To Me (1972)


Song of the day: Electric Light Orchestra – "Telephone Line"

July 20, 2013

Well, I couldn’t think of a power pop song to play you today.

But I did think of this:

Electric Light Orchestra – “Telephone Line (1976)

That’s always been my favourite ELO song.


Musical coincidences # 380

March 30, 2013

This is A Tale of Two Coincidences, whereby my friend Steven found a coincidence in a song, and I found another.

First up, the coincidence Steven found.

Steven sent me a message saying that when he listened to the start of an obscure Australian song from 1980, he distinctly heard a bit of Electric Light Orchestra in it.

Moscos & Stone – “Over And Over” (1980) (excerpt)

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Electric Light Orchestra – “Eldorado Overture (1974) (excerpt 1)

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Yep.

Here are the full versions:

Moscos & Stone – “Over And Over” (1980)

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Electric Light Orchestra – “Eldorado Overture (1974)

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And now for what I heard.

When I listened all of the “Eldorado Overture” I noticed this:

Electric Light Orchestra – “Eldorado Overture (1974) (excerpt 2)

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It took me a while to figure where I’d heard that before, but I eventually figured it out:

Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 – first movement (1868) (excerpt)
(Ronan O’Hora, piano; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by James Judd)

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Here’s the full version:

Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 – first movement (1868)
(Ronan O’Hora, piano; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by James Judd)

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Musical coincidences # 303

September 19, 2012

Here, as far as I can tell, is the last of the coincidences I know of that involve Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra. I’ll stop pestering Mr. Lynne after this one. (Unless I listen to the ELO discography one more time and find more, which would be a distinct possibilty.)

I’ll be the first to admit that the coincidence here isn’t very strong – the two tracks share the same chord progression and not much more – but it’s strong enough for me to say “Aha! He’s at it again!”

Electric Light Orchestra – “Danger Ahead” (1983) (excerpt)

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Dave Edmunds – “Girls Talk” (1979) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Electric Light Orchestra – “Danger Ahead” (1983)

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Dave Edmunds – “Girls Talk” (1979)

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Musical coincidences # 302

September 18, 2012

One more coincidence with Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra?

OK then. In this case, though, it’s a bit difficult for me to say with any certainty that Jeff engaged in any music pilfering here. Both tracks were recorded in 1983, so it’s entirely possible that this is just a coincidence, and nothing more. (But I wouldn’t put it past the Lynnemeister…)

Electric Light Orchestra – “Stranger (1983) (excerpt)

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Split Enz – “Message To My Girl (1983) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Electric Light Orchestra – “Stranger (1983)

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Split Enz – “Message To My Girl (1983)

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Musical coincidences # 301

September 17, 2012

Another coincidence involving the busy Jeff Lynne:

Electric Light Orchestra – “No Way Out” (1983) (excerpt)

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Matt Finish – “Mancini Shuffle” (1981) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Electric Light Orchestra – “No Way Out” (1983)

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Matt Finish – “Mancini Shuffle” (1981)

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Musical coincidences # 300

September 15, 2012

And another coincidence with Electric Light Orchestra‘s ever-nickin’ Jeff Lynne. Admittedly this is a tiny coincidence, but it annoyed me enough to put it on this here blog.

Jeff, being songwriter and producer, decided to start one of his songs with the rhythmic sound of non-musical objects…

Electric Light Orchestra – “On The Run” (1979) (excerpt)

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…just like Pink Floyd did six years earlier:

Pink FloydMoney (1973) (excerpt)

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Grrr.

Here are the full versions:

Electric Light Orchestra – “On The Run” (1979)

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Pink FloydMoney (1973)

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Live:


Musical coincidences # 299

September 14, 2012

We continue our calvacade of coincidences involving the Electric Light Orchestra with a little dip into the waters of classical music.

You may not pick up the phrasing of the riff in both tracks the first time, so I’ll begin by playing you the riff on its own, then I’ll play you the riff in a longer excerpt so you can hear it in context, and then I’ll play you both tracks in full. I hope that made sense.

First, the riff on its own:

Electric Light Orchestra – “Birmingham Blues” (1977) (excerpt 1)

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George GershwinRhapsody in Blue (excerpt 1)
(Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Ormandy)

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And now the riff in context:

Electric Light Orchestra – “Birmingham Blues” (1977) (excerpt 2)

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George GershwinRhapsody in Blue (excerpt 2)
(Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Ormandy)

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And here are the full versions:

Electric Light Orchestra – “Birmingham Blues” (1977)

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George GershwinRhapsody in Blue
(Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Ormandy)

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Musical coincidences # 298

September 13, 2012

As mentioned in a previous coincidence, I had been listening to the collected works of one Jeff Lynne in his capacity as chief songwriter/vocalist/guitarist/producer/everything of the Electric Light Orchestra and noticed an alarming amount of “Hey – I’ve heard that somewhere else!” similarities. Admittedly, not all of them are the result of Jeff nicking tunes from elsewhere – some of the coincidences were other artists nicking from Jeff. But most of the pilfering was perpetrated by a certain Mr. J. Lynne.

Consequently, the upcoming coincidences on this here blog will focus on Jeff and his thieving ways. (Or somebody else and their thieving ways.)

I’ll start with the most grimace-inducingly obvious coincidence I found in the entire ELP catalogue. I don’t even have to play you excerpts. First, the original:

Mason Williams – “Classical Gas (1968)

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And now for…

Electric Light Orchestra – “First Movement (Jumping Biz)” (1971)

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To be fair to Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood wrote that particular ELO song. But Jeff is responsible for the next few ‘coincidences’.


Musical coincidences # 297

September 11, 2012

There I was, innocently listening to the Japanese remastered catalogue of Electric Light Orchestra‘s discography – from 1971’s Electric Light Orchestra to 1986’s Balance Of Power but not including the 2001 “comeback” album Zoom – and in parts of quite a few of the songs I heard bits of other songs. It was very annoying, because every time I heard yet another “influence”, I thought to myself: “Jeff Lynne can’t keep borrowing music from other people, can he? I mean, he’s got to stop sometime – doesn’t he?” But no. As I kept listening I’d hear another bit of music from somewhere else. Over time, I’ll try to present you with what I heard. (That’s if I remember all of the coincidences. If not, I may have to – gulp – listen to the whole thing all over again.)

Incidentally, I’d like to take this opportunity to say something: now that I’ve listened to the (almost) entire Electric Light Orchestra discography, I think everything after 1977’s Out Of The Blue is horrible – with a capital H.

To be fair to Mr. Lynne, this cross-pollination does work the other way too, with other people borrowing his ideas. For example, an Australian band that I get into trouble for mentioning by name (rhymes with Dip Finals) have a song that reminds me a lot of one of Jeff’s creations.

A band I’d rather not mention by name – “Heart Telegraph (1986) (excerpt)

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And the Electric Light Orchestra from a few years earlier:

Electric Light Orchestra – “Here Is The News (1981)

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Here are the full versions:

A band I shan’t name – “Heart Telegraph (1986)

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Electric Light Orchestra – “Here Is The News (1981)

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