Musical coincidences # 50

May 9, 2010

I’m amazed that nobody else has mentioned this coincidence before, because to me it’s always been glaringly obvious.

Ever since I first heard this part of the verse in Fountains Of Wayne‘s “Leave The Biker” (1996)…

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…I’ve heard “Mama’s little baby loves shortnin’, shortnin’ / Mama’s little baby loves shortnin’ bread”:

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That’s what I hear every time FoW’s Chris Collingwood sings whatever he sings in those verses. For me, it’s all “Mama’s little baby loves…”.

There have been plenty of versions of “Shortnin’ Bread” over the years. The one above is by Paul Chaplain And His Emeralds. Here’s the full version, along with some others:

Paul Chaplain And His Emeralds – “Shortnin’ Bread” (1960)

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The Andrews Sisters – “Shortnin’ Bread” (1938)

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Tony Crombie And His Rockets – “Shortnin’ Bread” (1956)

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The Viscounts – “Shortnin’ Bread” (1960)

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Brian Wilson – “Shortnin’ Bread” (1976)

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The Beach Boys – “Shortnin’ Bread” (1979)

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And here’s the full FoW song:

Fountains Of Wayne – “Leave The Biker” (1996)

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