Musical coincidences # 61

December 18, 2010

I was over yonder at my friend Col’s blog (Hi, Col!) yesterday, enjoying his four songs for the day. The songs weree there to display the talents of Roy Wood – two were by him, one by Wizzard (one of Roy’s bands) and one by The Move (another of Roy’s bands).

One track in particular was something of Roy’s that I hadn’t heard before. It’s called “Look Thru’ The Eyes Of A Fool” and it’s on his 1975 album Mustard. (Up until about five minutes ago I didn’t have Mustard, so I hadn’t known any of that.)

There’s a little riff just before the middle eight in the song that reminded me of something else. (The little riff actually starts the song, but it’s not very recognisable there. The first time it’s really recognisable is just before the middle eight.)

Here ’tis:

Roy Wood – “Look Thru’ The Eyes Of A Fool” (1975) (the bit before the middle eight)


If you re-arrange the notes a little, I reckon you have something very much like the little riff just before the chorus of The Monkees‘ “Daydream Believer“:

The Monkees – “Daydream Believer (1967) (the bit before the chorus)


Here are the full versions:

Roy Wood – “Look Thru’ The Eyes Of A Fool” (1975)


Before I play you the full version of “Daydream Believer”, I’d just like to let you know that I think the chorus of this song is one of the greatest achievements of Western civilisation:

The Monkees – “Daydream Believer (1967)