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)

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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.

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(*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