Musical coincidences # 230

April 29, 2012

I recently heard an obscure song from 1968 called “Fogbound” by a band called The Smoke over at the very enjoyable A Bit Like You And Me blog. (The specific post is here.) The song is typical of 1968 in that it’s influenced by The Beatles (what wasn’t in 1968?) – so much so that the song even quotes “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” as it fades out.

We’ll get to that bit of Beatles-pilfering later, but first the coincidence:

The Smoke – “Fogbound” (1968) (excerpt)

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Leonard Bernstein – “Maria” (from West Side Story) (excerpt)
(Michael Ball, tenor; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Barry Wordsworth)

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That tune is certainly turning out to be a popular one, because it was also used in another song that I know of. I mentioned it in a previous Musical coincidence some time ago, but I’ll play it here:

Chris Brown – “All My Rivals” (2006) (excerpt)

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Yep. A popular tune.

Oh, and that reference to “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”? Here it is:

The Smoke – “Fogbound” (1968) (shameless excerpt)

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The Beatles – “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (1967) (excerpt)

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Here are the full tracks:

The Smoke – “Fogbound” (1968)

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Chris Brown – “All My Rivals” (2006)

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Leonard Bernstein – “Maria” (from West Side Story)
(Michael Ball, tenor; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Barry Wordsworth)

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