Musical coincidences # 260

June 14, 2012

This coincidence is brought to you by Elton John who, in a 1979 episode of Australian cultural institution TV music show Countdown, quite cheerfully spilled some beans* on friend/verbal sparring partner Rod Stewart.

When I recently watched (and thoroughly enjoyed) that 1979 episode of Countdown, Elton appeared in a mini-interview with the show’s host, Ian “Molly” Meldrum. The interview was preceded by a cameo from Mr. Stewart, then Elton appeared and started talking about…

I think it’d be better if Elton did the talking:

And away we go…

Rod Stewart – “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? (1978) (excerpt)

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Jorge Ben – “Taj Mahal” (1976) (excerpt)

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Oh yeah.

Here are the full versions:

Rod Stewart – “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? (1978)

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Jorge Ben – “Taj Mahal” (1976)

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That version of “Taj Mahal” was a remake of the same song from 1972.

Here’s Jorge Ben’s earlier version:

Jorge Ben – “Taj Mahal” (1972)

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(*Not literally.)

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Musical coincidences # 244

May 16, 2012

And one more from Steve. (I might start calling him Mr. Perceptive from now on.)

I must warn you in advance that I find one of the songs that will remain nameless (hint: it’s the Kiss one) absolutely horrendous, and although I had to listen to it for the sake of this coincidence I’m very comfortable with the idea that I don’t have to listen to it ever again.

(I know that the above paragraph broke the golden rule my mother has taught me to live by – that is, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything” – but I thought that Kiss song the song that shall remain nameless was so lamentably awful, with cliché piled upon horrifyingly predictable cliché, that I couldn’t contain myself. Unfortunately, I also let Steve know of how I felt when I replied to his email.)

Kiss – “Every Time I Look At You” (1992) (excerpt)

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Rod Stewart – “The First Cut Is The Deepest (1977) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Kiss – “Every Time I Look At You” (1992)

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Rod Stewart – “The First Cut Is The Deepest (1977)

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