Musical coincidences # 100

March 17, 2011

Woohoo! 100 coincidences! Woohoo!

To celebrate the monumental-to-no-one-but-me centenary of Musical coincidences on this blog, I want to present to you a song that contains one of the most brazen rip-offs surprising coincidences I’ve ever heard. And it’s all thanks to Mr. Fabulous who let me know about it. Thanks awfully, Mr. Fabulous.

I’d like to preface the following musical shenanigans with what I think may be a new musical rule:

One person’s verse can be another person’s chorus (and vice versa*)

Lily Allen – “Not Fair (2009) (verse)


The Statler Brothers – “Flowers On The Wall (1965) (chorus)



Here are the full versions:

Lily Allen – “Not Fair (2009)


The Statler Brothers – “Flowers on The Wall (1965)


(*No pun intended. Well, maybe a little.)

Musical coincidences # 19

September 2, 2009

After the most recent marathon Musical coincidence (it would have been an ordeal to read – sorry about that), I thought I’d make this one a whole lot shorter and simpler.

Pop moppet Lily Allen‘s latest single is “22,” and the opening line is this melody:


Which is pretty much exactly the same as this melody at the start of Madness‘ “It Must Be Love“:


Here are the full version of each tune:

Lily Allen – “22” (2009)


Madness – “It Must Be Love” (1981)


And here’s the original version of “It Must Be Love,” written and recorded by Labi Siffre (no, I had no idea, either):

Labi Siffre – “It Must Be Love” (1971)


And that’s it.