This is admittedly a fairly small coincidence, but whenever I hear it I can’t help thinking “That’s pretty obvious, isn’t it?”, and nobody else seems to have mentioned it (well, online anyway), so I thought I might as well present it to you.
As you may or may not know, I’m a fan of Sunshine Pop. Sunny melodies, sunny harmonies, sunny outlook. What’s not to like? (Everything, if you’re a perpetual moper.)
One of the heavyweights in the non-grumpy world of Sunshine Pop is The Association. (“Never My Love” is one of my all-time favourite songs. Ever.) I’d recently been listening to Just The Right Sound, The Association’s splendid 2-disc album of their hits, when I came across a song I hadn’t heard before. The song is “Pegasus”, and it’s credited to Association member Russ Giguere. There’s a little orchestral bit at the start that pilfers quite shamelessly the start of a well-known piece of classical music:
Russ Giguere – “Pegasus” (1971) (excerpt)
It may be entirely coincidental, but that bit in “Pegasus” reminds me way too much of the Valkyries’ noisy ride.
Here are the full versions:
Russ Giguere – “Pegasus” (1971)