Musical coincidences # 180

February 23, 2012

And another coincidence from the redoubtable Mr. Fabulous. I was going to say that excerpts are unnecessary with these two songs – all you have to do is wait until the introductions of both songs are out of the way and then it’s plain sailing on the Sea of Coincidences – but I might as well carve up both songs for you:

John[ny] Cougar [Mellencamp] (alias Mr. Multiple-Name-Changer) – “Hurts So Good (1982) (excerpt)


Henry Lee Summer – “I Wish I Had A Girl” (1986) (excerpt)


And here are the full versions:

John[ny] Cougar [Mellencamp] (alias The Man Of A Few Names) – “Hurts So Good (1982)


Henry Lee Summer – “I Wish I Had A Girl” (1986)


Musical coincidences # 12

July 7, 2009

The main riff of John Cougar‘s “Hurts So Good” (1982) sounds a little like this:

Back in the late 70s there was a band from Adelaide (the capital of my state, South Australia) called Stars who had a moderately successful time in the Australian charts. They were a Southern boogie kind of band (that’s Southern US, not Southern Australia).

One of their songs was “Back Again” which opened their 1978 album, Paradise. The songs starts like so:

I’m not much of a gambler, but I’d say it’s a fairly safe bet that Mr Mellencamp had never heard of Stars and “Back Again” (he’d probably never even heard of South Australia) when he wrote “Hurts So Good.”

It’s a coincidence. I think.

Anyway, here are the full versions:

John Cougar – “Hurts So Good” (1982)

Stars – “Back Again” (1978)