Musical coincidences # 398

June 20, 2013

Considering how disparate these two pieces of music are, I must admit that I was surprised when I noticed this:

Hoodoo Gurus – “In The Wild (1985) (excerpt)

Dean Friedman – “Lucky Stars” (1978) (excerpt)

Here are the full versions:

Hoodoo Gurus – “In The Wild (1985)

Dean Friedman – “Lucky Stars” (1978)


Musical coincidences # 250

May 29, 2012

Today’s Song of the day is the rather splendid “Prince Of Thieves” by Skeleton Staff. Its rhythm is based on this:

Skeleton Staff – “Prince Of Thieves (2011) (excerpt)

And the rhythm of “Like Wow – Wipeout!” by the Hoodoo Gurus is based on this:

Hoodoo Gurus – “Like Wow – Wipeout! (1985) (excerpt)

Yes indeedy.

Here are the full versions:

Skeleton Staff – “Prince Of Thieves (2011)

Hoodoo Gurus – “Like Wow – Wipeout! (1985)


Musical coincidences # 182

February 25, 2012

And one more coincidence from the ultra-helpful Mr. Fabulous before I pester you tomorrow with one he didn’t find (but given time I reckon he would have).

Before I go on, I’d just like to point out that Mr. Fabulous prefers to be called Dr. Keats. I prefer to call him Mr. Fabulous.

The Big F has discovered a marvellous three-for-the-price-of-one deal with this coincidence. Behold a trio of songs using remarkably similar chord progressions:

Hoodoo Gurus – “Bittersweet (1985) (excerpt)

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Tom Petty – “I Won’t Back Down (1989) (excerpt)

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Texas – “Black Eyed Boy (1997) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Hoodoo Gurus – “Bittersweet (1985)

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Tom Petty – “I Won’t Back Down (1989)

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Texas – “Black Eyed Boy (1997)

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Musical coincidences # 154

December 3, 2011

Thanks to somebody on Facebook recently posting the video for Nick Lowe‘s “So It Goes“, I was reminded of three things:

1. A part of the song is similar to a part of a Steely Dan song.

2. A part of the video is similar to all of a Hoodoo Gurus video.

3. I like “So It Goes” and haven’t heard it in ages.

Let the coincidences begin:

Music

Nick Lowe – “So It Goes (1976) (excerpt)

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Steely Dan – “Reelin’ In The Years (1972) (excerpt)

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Video

Nick Lowe – “So It Goes (1976)

Hoodoo Gurus – “What’s My Scene (1987)

The full versions:

Nick Lowe – “So It Goes (1976)

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Steely Dan – “Reelin’ In The Years (1972)

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Hoodoo Gurus – “What’s My Scene (1987)

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Song of the day: You Am I – "Cathy’s Clown"

April 9, 2011

Now that we’ve finished our whirlwind tour of new, non-Australian, and non-power-pop music, it’s time for something that’s a) Australian and b) power pop:

You Am I – “Cathy’s Clown (1995)

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By the way, in the interview preceding the song in the video above, You Am I’s Tim Rogers mentioned that he lifted the opening guitar bit in “Cathy’s Clown” from the Hoodoo Gurus‘ live version of The Beatles‘ “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey“.

If you’re curious as to what the Hoodoo Gurus version sounded like (I know was), here it is:

Hoodoo Gurus – “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (1998)

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And the original:

The Beatles – “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (1968)

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Speaking of cover versions…

Because John Lennon was reportedly thrilled to bits that Fats Domino, one of his childhood musical heroes, recorded the song in 1970, here’s that version as well:

Fats Domino – “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (1970)

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And it looks like this has turned into a post about “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide…” instead of You Am I’s song. Many apologies, You Am I fans. What was their song called again? Oh yeah…

The Everly Brothers – “Cathy’s Clown (1960)

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Song of the day: Hoodoo Gurus – "Good Times"

February 5, 2011

Here are the Hoodoo Gurus with a song featuring sterling backing vocals from The Bangles:

Hoodoo Gurus – “Good Times (1987)

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Someone* once said that “Good Times” sounds like The Turtles. Not me. I reckon it sounds like the Hoodoo Gurus – with The Bangles. Yum.

Hoodoo Gurus official website
Hoodoo Gurus on Facebook
Hoodoo Gurus on MySpace

The Bangles official website
The Bangles on Facebook
The Bangles on MySpace

(*John Leland reviewed the song in SPIN Magazine and said: “‘Good Times’ could be The Turtles with loud guitars.”)


Song of the day: Hoodoo Gurus – "Waking Up Tired"

October 3, 2010

Here’s a song to commemorate the start of Daylight Saving in South Australia…

Hoodoo Gurus – “Waking Up Tired” (1996)

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Hoodoo Gurus official website
Hoodoo Gurus on MySpace


Musical coincidences # 53

August 31, 2010

I reckon this particular musical coincidence is definitely a case of Spot the Difference.

I read a review on Powerpopaholic some time ago about a new album by The Telepathic Butterflies, a band I’d never heard of before. Powerpopaholic’s enthusiastic revew piqued my interest. I then thought: “Hmm. Time to have a listen to some Telepathic Butterflies…”

I listened to the songs on offer at the band’s MySpace page, and when one of their songs came on, my jaw dropped.

(I just noticed that the above paragraphs – and this one – all started with “I”. How egotistical. Note to self: Talk about someone else for a change, you fool.)

Now, before we get to the song that made my jaw drop, here’s the start of “I Want You Back” by the Hoodoo Gurus:

Hoodoo Gurus – “I Want You Back” (excerpt) (1984)

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Now here’s the start of the song by those psychic insects:

The Telepathic Butterflies – “Between The Lines” (excerpt) (2009)

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Spot the difference.

As far as I can tell, it’s the same key, same chords, same rhythm, same tempo… same!

Here are the full versions:

Hoodoo Gurus – “I Want You Back” (1984)

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The Telepathic Butterflies – “Between The Lines” (2009)

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Hoodoo Gurus official website
Hoodoo Gurus on MySpace
The Telepathic Butterflies on MySpace


Song of the day: Hoodoo Gurus – "Let Me In"

March 28, 2010

Regular reader FD13NYC has bemoaned the lack of loud’n’energetic, head-noddin’, foot-tappin’, floor-shakin’, temperature-raising, dental-filling-loosening songs on this blog in the last few days. FD13NYC wants to raawwwk.

So, to issue an immediate corrective – and to banish any thoughts of this blog becoming more and more mellow* as time goes by – here are the ever-reliable Hoodoo Gurus with a track from their new album Purity Of Essence:

Hoodoo Gurus – “Let Me In” (2010)

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It’s been a while since their last album (six years in fact), so for Hoodoo Gurus fans it’s a cause for great rejoicing across the land.

(But I guess for the three people in Australia who don’t like the Hoodoo Gurus, it’d be “What, them? I thought they broke up…”)

As a bonus, here are two more tracks from the album:

Hoodoo Gurus – “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming” (2010)

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Hoodoo Gurus – “1968” (2010)

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Welcome back, lads.

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Hoodoo Gurus on MySpace

(*Roger Joseph Manning Jr. has a song called “The Quickening”, and it made me think that if the songs here kept getting wimpier I could call this blog The Softening.)


Song of the day: Hoodoo Gurus – "Death Defying"

March 23, 2010

Here are the Hoodoo Gurus with absolutidinously tremenditious* “Death Defying” (1985):

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I find the “Oo-ee”‘s in that song so catchy that as soon as I hear them I’m singing along enthusiastically. And it doesn’t matter where I am. Plus I never fail to sing the “Hey, hey, hey” at 2:16, either.

(*No, it’s better than that. It’s excellentientinous.)