Musical coincidences # 341

November 29, 2012

I’m in a full-on King Crimson phase at the moment. I don’t know how it started, and I don’t know why it started, but it started. I’m now listening to as much King Crimson as I can, but I fear it’s going to take a while because they have an enormous discography. (13 studio albums, 25 live albums, 8 compilation albums, and 3 EPs. Eek!)

I’m currently diggin’ the 80’s incarnation of King Crimson (the band’s been through a few line-up changes since it began in 1968), and during my 80’s-model KC listening travels I came across a bit of music that immediately reminded me of the start of a very well-known number 1 song that’s also from the 1980s.

Rather than waste your time with a few more paragraphs about King Crimson (I’d like to, but I’m picturing you yawning right now), I’ll get to the point. Otherwise this post may end up a little longer than I had originally planned. (I had originally planned it to be short.)

Okey dokey.

As I was listening to King Crimson’s live album, Absent Lovers: Live In Montreal 1984, I heard this:

King Crimson – “Sleepless (1984) (live) (excerpt)

That sounded very familiar. It reminded me of this:

Eurythmics – “Would I Lie To You?” (1985) (excerpt)

I wonder if the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart had been listening to King Crimson at all when he was in the process of writing “Would I Lie To You?”.

Anyway, here are the full versions:

King Crimson – “Sleepless (1984) (live)

Eurythmics – “Would I Lie To You?” (1985)

And here’s the studio version of “Sleepless”:

King Crimson – “Sleepless (1984)

Nerd Note: DivShare is being difficult at the moment, so I’ve had to revert to using Box.