Musical coincidences # 191

March 7, 2012

If you’ve been following the musical coincidences posted on this here blog, you may have noticed that Field Music have recently featured in a fair few of them. This may appear to be a bit of Field Music-bashing on my part, but it’s emphatically not. I love ’em. It’s just that on their new album (Plumb – please buy* it now) I’ve noticed a few little things that have reminded me of little things in non-Field Music songs.

I can’t claim any credit for this particular coincidence involving a Field Music song. It’s something I found whilst reading an article on NPR about them. The article’s author, Daniel Cook, had this to say about “Let’s Write A Book”, a song from the band’s previous album Field Music (Measure) (please buy that, too):

There’s no denying that the hook sounds suspiciously close to the “Underworld” theme from Super Mario Bros.

I was intrigued – mainly because it mentions something I don’t go anywhere near (i.e., a computer game) – so I found the music in question. It sounds like this:

Koji Kondo – “Underworld Theme” (from Super Mario Bros.) (1988) (excerpt)


And here’s how “Let’s Write A Book” starts:

Field Music – “Let’s Write A Book” (2009) (excerpt)


I don’t think that’s much of a coincidence at all. One melody goes up, the other goes down. It’s just the same rhythm, and that’s it.

Here are the full versions:

Field Music – “Let’s Write A Book” (2009)


(*Or not if you don’t like Field Music.)