Musical coincidences # 153

December 1, 2011

You’re no doubt aware of all those singing competitions based on American Idol. There’s a plethora of Australian ones as well. Let’s see… there’s:

(One of those may not actually exist.)

Anyway, the one that’s been most popular in households around Australia this year is The X Factor. It finished a couple of weeks ago, the winner is the Justin Beiber-ish Reece Mastin. (He’s young and cute, and has hair that appears to be glued to his head.)

Reece’s song is “Good Night”, and a lot – no, make that A LOT – of people all over the Internet (and probably elsewhere) have stated rather vociferously that “Good Night” is a shameless rip-off of Pink‘s “Raise Your Glass“. I’ve now heard both songs, and as far as the guitar introduction and beat go I’d agree and say “Yep”. But the rest of Reece’s song isn’t… it’s… well, it’s not exactly like the Pink song.

I thought I’d put them both here so you can decide for yourself how similar the two are. If you’re willing to submit to an onslaught of high-energy, highly-compressed, highly-processed sounds, here then are two very loud pop songs:

(Helpful hint: you only need to listen to the first 30 seconds of each song to hear the similarities.)

Reece Mastin – “Good Night” (2011)

Pink – “Raise Your Glass (2010)

Reece performing “Good Night” on The X Factor

(*I’d like to say a special “grrr” to the grammar in that title. “Australia’s Got Talent”? What’s wrong with “Australia has talent”?)

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Song of the day: Amy Heffernan – "Being Awesome"

July 7, 2011

And the requests continue. This time the request comes from a company called LaFamos Press.

Here’s a song by a Canadian artist, Amy Heffernan. I’m not particularly keen on it, but if someone was kind enough to let me know about it then I think it’s only fair that you get to hear it, too. Just because it doesn’t float my boat doesn’t mean it won’t float yours.

(I must apologise for that last sentence. It had way too many negatives in it – and they may have actually cancelled each other out. Plus that sentence may not have even made any sense.)

Amy Heffernan – “Being Awesome” (2011)

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I think the main reason I don’t like “Being Awesome” much is that it reminds me of a certain artiste who also engages in foot stomping beats and “I don’t care what you think” grrrl-power sentiments (and the musical similarities are especially strong in the choruses)…

Pink – “So What (2008)

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Update: My friend Stonefish (Hi, Stonester!) has a post featuring Amy Heffernan on his blog. It’s a different song, so if you’re in the mood to hear to something else from Ms. Heffernan feel free to shimmy on over there.

Amy Heffernan official website
Amy Heffernan official Canadian website
Amy Heffernan on Facebook
Amy Heffernan on MySpace
Amy Heffernan on Twitter
Amy Heffernan at YouTube
Amy Heffernan at CD Baby
Amy Heffernan on ReverbNation
Amy Heffernan on Sonicbids


Musical coincidences # 34

December 2, 2009

I listened to a track by Pink for the first time on Australian Idol* a couple of weeks ago when a contestant performed one of her songs. I was immediately struck by the first part of the verse.

I don’t have a copy of the contestant’s efforts, but here’s Her Pinkness performing the first singin’ bit in the song:

Pink – “Funhouse” (2008) (excerpt)

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(I didn’t want to play you more of that than absolutely necessary, because the less I play of Pink’s music, the happier I am.)

If you’re familiar with musicals from the 1930’s then that may have reminded you of this:

Fred Astaire and Debroy Somers and His Band – “Puttin’ On The Ritz” (1930) (excerpt)

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By the way, I’ve just been told by the 18-year-old Japanese expert in the house (Hi, Celeste!) that I’m being incredibly nitpicky, and that nobody will think those two things sound similar. Quite possibly. Nevertheless, the first few ascending notes and rhythm instantly reminded me of “Puttin’ On The Ritz.”

Here are the full versions.

Pink – “Funhouse” (2008)

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Fred Astaire and Debroy Somers and His Band – “Puttin’ On The Ritz” (1930)

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It just occurred to me that whoever wrote “Funhouse” may not have heard Fred Astaire’s version of “Puttin’ On The Ritz” but Taco‘s very 80’s (and very ghastly) version instead (I dare say that in the 80’s there was a greater chance of hearing Taco than Fred):

Taco – “Puttin’ On The Ritz” (1982)

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But back to Pink and her, er, song**. The chorus of “Funhouse” begins:

“This used to be a Funhouse
But now it’s full of evil clowns”

That line about the evil clowns reminded me of this. Is there anything in popular music nowadays that doesn’t remind me of something else?

(*Yeah, yeah, I know – but majority rules in this household, so I watched it. Democracy in action!)

(**I called “Funhouse” a ‘track’ at the start of this post. That’s because, after hearing “Funhouse” all the way through, I have a lot of trouble calling it a ‘song’.)