Musical coincidences # 134

October 23, 2011

I must admit that this coincidence is one of the oddest I’ve ever noticed, as the two artists make very strange musical bedfellows.

I discovered this coincidence when I got Rickrolled the other day. I was on YouTube, listening to bass solos by Led Zeppelin‘s John Paul Jones. (I’m a bass player, and it’s the kind of thing bass players do: go to YouTube and listen to bass solos.)

Anyway, something claiming to be a “John Paul Jones Epic Lemon Song Bass Solo (VERY RARE)” turned out to be Rick Astley‘s “Never Gonna Give You Up” (enter at your own risk):

Unfortunately, once that chorus entered my head it stayed there for the rest of the day. As I was hearing that chorus over and over again in me noggin, it dawned on me that I’d heard that insistent rhythm (“Never gonna GIVE YOU UP, never gonna LET YOU DOWN…” etc.) somewhere else:

Rick Astley – “Never Gonna Give You Up (1987) (excerpt)

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Iron Maiden – “Run To The Hills (1982) (excerpt)

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And the full versions:

Rick Astley – “Never Gonna Give You Up (1987)

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Iron Maiden – “Run To The Hills (1982)

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