Musical coincidences # 95

March 12, 2011

Although there’s a pile of musical coincidences coming your way courtesy of Dr. Keats Mr. Fabulous, I want to sneak in one that I noticed some time ago and then forgot about.

Today’s coincidence is a two-for-one deal, whereby one song managed to remind me of two.

The song in question is by Canadian psychedelic pop band The Telepathic Butterflies. This bit…

The Telepathic Butterflies – “The Sympathetic Sort” (2009) (excerpt)

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…reminded me an awful lot of this:

The Beatles – “Mean Mr. Mustard (1969) (excerpt)

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At first, though, it was the whole vibe of the song that reminded me of something else. This bit especially…

The Telepathic Butterflies – “The Sympathetic Sort” (2009) (excerpt)

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…reminded me of:

The Mamas & The Papas – “Creeque Alley (1967) (excerpt)

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It’s the vibe, man.

Here are the full versions:

The Telepathic Butterflies – “The Sympathetic Sort” (2009)

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The Mamas & The Papas – “Creeque Alley (1967)

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The Beatles – “Mean Mr. Mustard (1969)

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Musical coincidences # 53

August 31, 2010

I reckon this particular musical coincidence is definitely a case of Spot the Difference.

I read a review on Powerpopaholic some time ago about a new album by The Telepathic Butterflies, a band I’d never heard of before. Powerpopaholic’s enthusiastic revew piqued my interest. I then thought: “Hmm. Time to have a listen to some Telepathic Butterflies…”

I listened to the songs on offer at the band’s MySpace page, and when one of their songs came on, my jaw dropped.

(I just noticed that the above paragraphs – and this one – all started with “I”. How egotistical. Note to self: Talk about someone else for a change, you fool.)

Now, before we get to the song that made my jaw drop, here’s the start of “I Want You Back” by the Hoodoo Gurus:

Hoodoo Gurus – “I Want You Back” (excerpt) (1984)

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Now here’s the start of the song by those psychic insects:

The Telepathic Butterflies – “Between The Lines” (excerpt) (2009)

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Spot the difference.

As far as I can tell, it’s the same key, same chords, same rhythm, same tempo… same!

Here are the full versions:

Hoodoo Gurus – “I Want You Back” (1984)

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The Telepathic Butterflies – “Between The Lines” (2009)

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Hoodoo Gurus official website
Hoodoo Gurus on MySpace
The Telepathic Butterflies on MySpace