Musical coincidences # 294

September 3, 2012

This is a triple-header coincidence, with two relatively recent songs borrowing a melody from an extremely well-known pop song from the 1960s.

My new friend Barry (Hi, Barry!) told me how shameless musical magpies Green Day nicked the main melody from Petula Clark‘s “Downtown” for one of their songs.

Take it away, Barry:

Green Day – “Waiting (2000) (excerpt)

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Petula Clark – “Downtown (1964) (excerpt)

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I went a-lookin’ on the Internet to see if anyone else had noticed it something so noticeable, and I found the following web page:

Yes it does.

On that page somebody added this comment:

Avril Lavigne‘s ‘Underground’ kind of sounds the same too.”

Let’s see…

Avril Lavigne – “Alice (2010) (excerpt)

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Yep.

Here are the full versions:

Green Day – “Waiting (2000)

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Petula Clark – “Downtown (1964)

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Avril Lavigne – “Alice (2010)

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