Musical coincidences # 137

October 30, 2011

I’d like to thank the Powerpopaholic blog for today’s coincidence (hi, Aaron!). PP-aholic recently had a mini-review of a new album by British band Rhode Island, and he said that one song, “A House“, reminded him of Field Music. I’m a big huge ginormous fan of Field Music, so when PPA compared Rhode Island to them I felt compelled to have a listen to this British band with an American name*. I didn’t think “A House” was very Field Music-y, but I did enjoy it. In the song I heard this melody:

Rhode Island – “A House (2011) (excerpt)


The contour of that melody reminded me of:

Squeeze – “Piccadilly” (1982) (excerpt)


Here are the full versions:

Rhode Island – “A House (2011)

Squeeze – “Piccadilly” (1982)


(*Yet another band with a geographically misleading name. There’s also a British band called Athletes In Paris, and an Australian band called Architecture In Helsinki, and another Australian band called Birds Of Tokyo. Grrr.)