I’ve been listening relentlessly to Solipsism (try saying that drunk), a new album by Sydney band Skeleton Staff. It’s been one of those albums where you keep coming back to it again and again. I’d play it, and a little while later I’d think to myself “Hmm… What shall I listen to now? While I’m deciding, how about I put Solipsism on again? I’ll listen to it just one more time…”. At the moment I am occasionally playing other music, but as soon as I’ve done that I tend to go back to Solipsism and sneak in another listen.
Whilst listening to the album, I’ve spotted little bits of music here and there that remind me of other things. (If you want me to get really predantic, I can give you some more, albeit smaller, coincidences – but I don’t want to give the impression that Skeleton Staff are just a bunch of plagiarists, because they’re not).
One track in particular, “She’s So Rude”, has the most glaringly obvious example of “Hey, that reminds me of…”
Here’s how “She’s So Rude” begins:
Skeleton Staff – “She’s So Rude” (2010) (excerpt)
That reminds me (and probably you) of this:
I’m guessing that was an unconscious ‘lift’ on the part of Skeleton Staff. Pretty much anyone who’s ever listened to 80’s music on the radio – especially in Australia – has heard “Jessie’s Girl”. And more than once, too. No-one with a radio in this country is immune from having had “Jessie’s Girl” firmly implanted in their brain at some point, so I think the chances are fairly high that any part of Rick Springfield’s ear-worm will (unintentionally) pop up in someone’s else song. I’m glad that it popped up in “She’s So Rude” because I think it’s a splendid song (on a splendid album).
Here are the full versions:
Skeleton Staff – “She’s So Rude” (2010)