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I must be out of the dad-rock loop, cuz it didn't occur to me until yesterday how similar the intros of Tom Petty's "American Girl" and the Strokes' "Last Nite" are (the shuffly drums, the one-note guitar, the 4-5 thing in the bass).

Other examples of songs sounding (partially or entirely) like other songs?

Jody Beth Rosen, Monday, 9 September 2002 19:52 (eighteen years ago) link

The Jam's "Start" is a xerox of the Beatles' "Taxman"

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 9 September 2002 19:55 (eighteen years ago) link

Elastica's "Waking Up" is mysteriously simillar to the Stranglers' "No More Heroes".

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 9 September 2002 19:55 (eighteen years ago) link

Elastica's "Waking Up"

*obligatory post about Elastica/Wire connection*

Jody Beth Rosen, Monday, 9 September 2002 19:57 (eighteen years ago) link

Sloan's "She Means What She Says" = The Nazz "Open My Eyes"

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Monday, 9 September 2002 19:58 (eighteen years ago) link

That one White Stripes song has the same "oh-oh-oh-oh" vocal line as "Middle of the Road" by the Pretenders. That band Gaunt had a song which took a similar vocal line from a Naked Raygun song. Melissa Etheridge's voice sounds like Steve Perry's to me. And the list goes on and on.

hstencil, Monday, 9 September 2002 19:59 (eighteen years ago) link

"Do Ya" = "Fox on the Run."

Jody Beth Rosen, Monday, 9 September 2002 20:02 (eighteen years ago) link

I'm not sure if this is dedicated to intentional or unintentional soundalike moments, but Man Or Astro-Man's "Nitrous Burn Out" incorporates a bit of the solo from Van Halen's "Panama" somewhere along the halfway mark.

Nate Patrin, Monday, 9 September 2002 20:03 (eighteen years ago) link

"Her Head's Revolving" by the Three O'Clock is also a rip on "Open My Eyes" by the Nazz.

"Last" by Nine Inch Nails (on the BROKEN e.p.) recalls Queen's "Fight from the Inside" (down to a stolen riff). Trent's a big Queen fan, allegedly.

The first note of Cheap Trick's "Stop This Game" (on ALL SHOOK UP) is a slow fade-in that is purportedly the last note of SGT.PEPPER's.

The Sex Pistols' "Holidays in the Sun" ripped off The Jam's "In the City"

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 9 September 2002 20:03 (eighteen years ago) link

I think the "oh oh-o-o-o" bit in Morrissey's 'Suedehead' (between the two "I'm so sorry"s) is very similar to the "oh oh-o-o-o" in the Pretenders' 'Back in the Chain Gang'. I know some people who disagree, though, which is annoying.

Eyeball Kicks, Monday, 9 September 2002 20:06 (eighteen years ago) link

There's a bit in Happy Monday's "Loose Fit" that sounds exactly like "no more more mr nice guy" by Alice Cooper.

jel -- (jel), Monday, 9 September 2002 20:12 (eighteen years ago) link

The Flaming Lips' Fight Test sounds just like Cat Stevens' Father and Son.
The piano on Spoon's All the Pretty Girls Go To the City is a lot like that Edwin McCain song Never Met a Girl Like You Before (is that what it's called?).

lou, Monday, 9 September 2002 21:23 (eighteen years ago) link

Soul Decision's 'Ooh it's kinda crazy' and George Michael's Faster Love

Kim (Kim), Monday, 9 September 2002 21:33 (eighteen years ago) link

Oh, I love these. There's a ton of I-IV-V and "Sweet Jane" songs, of course. Bridge/chorus on "More Than A Feeling" = intro to "Smells Like Teen Spirit", for one.
Van M's "Caravan" = Counting Crows "Mr. Jones" sha la la la la la la
"TVC-15" = "We Are All Made Of Stars"
Iggy's "Search & Destroy" + Blur's "Song 2" = Hives "Hate To Say"
ooh, I know I've got more in my head, lemme think....

("Girl Like You" was Edwyn Collins, who's not shitty)

teeny (teeny), Monday, 9 September 2002 21:35 (eighteen years ago) link

Back in '88 I was struck by how the chorus of Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" resembled that of Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name". Up through the years, I've tried to convince people of this likeness, usually without success... until I found, earlier this year, that Orbital have done a live version of "Halcyon" merging the two. Hah! Vindicated!

OleM (OleM), Monday, 9 September 2002 21:44 (eighteen years ago) link

Silence Kit by Pavement sounds like Rollercoaster by Buddy Holly

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Monday, 9 September 2002 21:57 (eighteen years ago) link

The start of LCD Soundsystem's Beat Connection sounds exactly like the start of The Powerpuff Girls' Love Makes Thw Rold Go Round and is exactly one-sixth as good.

Graham (graham), Monday, 9 September 2002 22:01 (eighteen years ago) link

Back in '88 I was struck by how the chorus of Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" resembled that of Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name".

I hear a slight resemblance between the choruses of "Heaven is a Place on Earth" and Starz's "So Young, So Bad." Maybe it's just the chord changes.

Jody Beth Rosen, Monday, 9 September 2002 22:07 (eighteen years ago) link

The bridge late in the Chili Peppers "Give it Away" sounds an awful lot like Sabbath's "Sweet Leaf".

I'm sure there are several other "Sweet Leaf" rip-offs that I can;t think of right now.

Dave Beckhouse, Monday, 9 September 2002 22:16 (eighteen years ago) link

I noticed the Bon Jovi/Belinda Carlisle connection a couple years ago, while trying to playing Bon Jovi on the piano and accidentally coming out with Belinda Carlisle.

This is Smoke on the Water: Dun dun DUN, dun dun DUN-DUNN
This is Cat Scratch Fever: Dun dun DUN, dun-dun DUN

And hey, did anyone notice the resemblances between "Ice Ice Baby" and "Under Pressure"?

My name is Kenny, Monday, 9 September 2002 22:18 (eighteen years ago) link

The Rolling Stone's "Anybody Seen My Baby" and KD Lang's "Constant Craving".

Slump Man (Slump Man), Monday, 9 September 2002 22:35 (eighteen years ago) link

Coldplay's "Yellow" just *is* Ride's "OX4" - I've been utterly convinced of this from the moment I first heard the former but nobody listens to me...you can sing one to the other and everything!

Charlie, Monday, 9 September 2002 22:42 (eighteen years ago) link

"So I figure we can scrape up an intro riff to this 'Ruby Soho' song by just tweaking an old Clash song."
"But that's what we always do!"
"Well people won't notice if it's one that nobody really knows. Like 'One Emotion' maybe."
"You're brilliant! Boy, I'm glad I left Operation Ivy for this!"

Nate Patrin, Monday, 9 September 2002 22:46 (eighteen years ago) link

And hey, did anyone notice the resemblances between "Ice Ice Baby" and "Under Pressure"?

You're shitting me. :-)

Jody Beth Rosen, Monday, 9 September 2002 22:48 (eighteen years ago) link

The riffs of Black Sabbath's "Hole in the Sky" and Blondie's "Call Me" and Blue Oyster Cult's "The Revenge of Vera Gemini."

Jody Beth Rosen, Monday, 9 September 2002 22:54 (eighteen years ago) link

The flamenco-guitar on Black Sabbath's "Don't Start (Too Late)" and Guns 'n' Roses' "Double Talkin' Jive."

(Sorry. Listening to Sabotage at the moment.)

Jody Beth Rosen, Monday, 9 September 2002 22:57 (eighteen years ago) link

Nirvana's "All Apologies" => Pixies "Levitate me"

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Monday, 9 September 2002 23:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Shakira - Underneath Your Clothes
The Bangles - Eternal Flame
timing is slightly different but the verse is alomst exactly the same melody. I've tried to mix them together.


dsico

dsico (dsico), Monday, 9 September 2002 23:30 (eighteen years ago) link

Speaking of Sabbath, "Dramamine" by Sebadoh (a Jake L song) cops a riff midway through from, damn, I think a breakdown in "Supernaut"?

(Not listening to Sab right now.)

wl, Monday, 9 September 2002 23:31 (eighteen years ago) link

moonblood "midnight" = burzum "det som engang var"

more terribly, the offspring's "get a job" and "o bla di o bla da" by the beatles have very similar choruses (try singing one over the other sometime, it's horrifying).

brian (yournullfame), Monday, 9 September 2002 23:43 (eighteen years ago) link

And hey, did anyone notice the resemblances between "Ice Ice Baby" and "Under Pressure"?

No, ice ice baby is "din din din di-di din doonn" and under pressure is "din din din di-di din din". fucks sake.

naked as sin, Tuesday, 10 September 2002 00:28 (eighteen years ago) link

George Washington and the Cherry Pickers' "Crisco Party" is basically "Wipeout" + vocals - drum solo.

James Blount, Tuesday, 10 September 2002 03:59 (eighteen years ago) link

Manics' "Roses In The Hospital" and Bowie's "Sound And Vision", although that sounds more like a semi-conscious "tribute" than either a cynical deliberate steal (cf. Oasis's early Beatles/T Rex theft) or an accidental appropriation (cf. Coldplay/Ride, probably and against my better judgement)...

Charlie, Tuesday, 10 September 2002 04:03 (eighteen years ago) link

I was just listening to "Wuthering Heights" by Kate Bush. It took me quite a while to figure out of what it was reminding me strongly, and it turned out to be "Paint a Vulgar Picture" by The Smiths. The way they both can't seem to settle into anything...

Furthermore, for the record: an obvious choice, perhaps, but Pulp's "A Little Soul" and Smokey R. and the M.'s "The Tracks of My Tears".

Captain Sleep (Captain Sleep), Tuesday, 10 September 2002 06:16 (eighteen years ago) link

When The Czar's "Song to the Siren" starts out, I always think it's Mogwai's "Yes! I am far away from home."

Leee, Tuesday, 10 September 2002 06:34 (eighteen years ago) link

"Bring Me Edelweiss" was a "S.O.S." knock-off. Gert Wilden's "Dirty Beat" nicks Zep's "Heartbreaker".

James Blount, Tuesday, 10 September 2002 06:38 (eighteen years ago) link

too many Stereolab songs to mention.

James Blount, Tuesday, 10 September 2002 06:40 (eighteen years ago) link

naughty by nature feat. 3lw - feels good to you = fat joe feat. ja rule & ashanti - what's luv?

minna (minna), Tuesday, 10 September 2002 07:11 (eighteen years ago) link

Doesn't Ice Ice Baby actually sample Under Pressure?

tigerclawskank, Tuesday, 10 September 2002 08:23 (eighteen years ago) link

Cracker's "Low" = Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy Man"
Radiohead's "Creep" = the Hollies' "The Air that I Breathe"
Go-Betweens' "Karen" = Patti Smith's "Dancing Barefoot"
Pere Ubu's "Final Solution" + "Heart of Darkness" = Blue Cheer's version of "Summertime Blues"
Bowie's "Jean Genie" = Yardbirds' version of "I'm a Man"
Prince's "2 Nigs United from West Compton" = Glenn Miller's "Pennsylvania 6-5000"

dave225 (Dave225), Tuesday, 10 September 2002 10:50 (eighteen years ago) link

BTW, done already.

dave225 (Dave225), Tuesday, 10 September 2002 10:52 (eighteen years ago) link

the strokes' "last nite" crops up the jam's "town called malice".
and what's the other song in their album that has the same structure and bassline than iggy pop's "the passenger"?

joan vich (joan vich), Tuesday, 10 September 2002 11:06 (eighteen years ago) link

X-Press 2 ft David Byrne "Lazy" is a total rip off of Frankie Knuckles & David Morales ft. Alison Limerick "Where Love Lives".

Other than that, the similarity of the intro to Cast's "Fine Time" and Guns'n'Roses "Paradise City" could be pretty confusing at indie discos in the mid-ninties, just when you're ready to blow the whistle and rock out with Axl, Izzy and Slash you get, "What's it all about? Do you really want to know..."

Shit.

Stephen Burrows (steveeeeeeeee), Tuesday, 10 September 2002 11:50 (eighteen years ago) link

"The bridge late in the Chili Peppers "Give it Away" sounds an awful lot like Sabbath's "Sweet Leaf""

I'm sure that's no accident, given Rick Rubin's appreciation for old school metal.

The Manic Street Preachers' "If You Tolerate This Than Your Children Will Be Next" was alleged to have ripped off the Stranglers' "Duchess," but I find that a bit of a stretch.....and I'm a much bigger fan of the Stranglers than I'll ever be of the Manics.

Then, of course, Nirvana stole the riff from Killing Joke's "Eighties" for "Come as You Are." Little known fact is that my beloved Killing Joke stole that very same riff from the Damned's "Life Goes On" (on the STRAWBERRIES album).

Big Black's "L Dopa" off SONGS ABOUT FUCKING is virtually indistiguishable from Killing Joke's "the Wait".

The Germs' "No God" ripps the opening riff off of Yes' "Roundabout," but that's more willfull desecration rather than theft (despite the fact that guitarist Pat Smear is an unapologetic Yes fan).

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 10 September 2002 11:57 (eighteen years ago) link

The Cult swiped (via a sample) the ominous "buzz buzz buzz buzz" intro from Killing Joke's "Requiem" for the bridge in "The Witch" (originally on the soundtrack to the roundly derided cartoon, "Cool World"). Being the lovable bastards they are, despite being old touring mates, Killing Joke sued The Cult for it, and the sample was stricken from all other versions that have since been released (HIGH OCTANE CULT, etc.)

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 10 September 2002 12:01 (eighteen years ago) link

I was home sick yesterday, watched a Conan O'Brian rerun on Comedy Central and ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead was on, playing "Relative Ways," and I'll be damned if the main guitar riff (during the verses) doesn't rip the vocal melody from "On Broadway."

Nick A., Tuesday, 10 September 2002 12:12 (eighteen years ago) link

the Action Time - comedown blues steals the "ooh ooh"s from Manics - Motown Junk

Jens (brighter), Tuesday, 10 September 2002 16:49 (eighteen years ago) link

The White Stripes "Hotel Yorba" is a Country Joe and the Fish song, note for note, and even word for word at times. I don't know the name of the Country Joe song, but it goes "1,2,3, what are we fighting for, don't ask me I don't give a damn, next stop is Vietnam, and it's 5,6,7, open up the pearly gates" and could someone PLEASE tell me the name of this song? It fits so perfectly it's frightening.

Oh, and dancing at Mother to retro-ironic white trash trailer rock last night, I realised that there's a Sloan song which is Foghat's Slow Ride down to a T, but I can't remember which one it is.

kate, Tuesday, 10 September 2002 18:47 (eighteen years ago) link

Country Joe: "Feel like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag" I'll die if I have to hear it again. It's kind of a traditional folk song, so I wouldn't credit Country Joe McDonald.

dave225 (Dave225), Tuesday, 10 September 2002 18:50 (eighteen years ago) link

"Vicious" by Lou Reed steals from "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart. I can't even listen to the Lou Reed song without "MM"'s lyrics taking Reed's place.

Butthole Surfers' "Human Cannibal" is "The Rose" by Bette Middler. Sing along. "Some say love..."; it's eerie.

I'm blanking right now....

Vic Funk, Tuesday, 10 September 2002 20:13 (eighteen years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SN9ppIP7Sg8

Waterloo Subset (Tom D.), Saturday, 6 February 2021 16:21 (three months ago) link

"You're best I ever had" vs. "Winter is the best time of them all". Busted Neil.

Waterloo Subset (Tom D.), Saturday, 6 February 2021 16:25 (three months ago) link

Holy shit it's "Blue Monday"!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdpnTQ_BxEc

Mr. Snrub, Monday, 15 February 2021 16:22 (two months ago) link

I seem to remember he got sued for that

Josefa, Monday, 15 February 2021 16:54 (two months ago) link

Bobby Orlando could be extremely shameless sometimes. There was also that total B-52's rip-off that he did, Barbi and the Kens.

Josefa, Monday, 15 February 2021 16:58 (two months ago) link

in the second appearance of lionel ritchie's "stuck on you" on this thread, clapton straight up steals the guitar riff for "wonderful tonight"! savage

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 17 February 2021 10:05 (two months ago) link

Fleetwood Mac, "Bright Fire"
Pink Floyd, "Brain Damage"

both released in March 1973

in apple+f'ing to make sure it wasn't mentioned already, i ran across this

for some reason i can't use cmd+F find in this thread, at least when i load all messages, so i'm not sure if this has been pointed out previously:

pink floyd - brain damage (i.e., "if you find the band you're in starts playing different tunes...")
leonard cohen - death of a ladies' man

― Karl Malone, Thursday, January 12, 2017 10:30 PM (four years ago)

forgot about that! so obviously a 3-song sequence in a mixtape needs to be bright fire --> brain damage --> death of a ladies' man

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Friday, 26 February 2021 01:53 (two months ago) link

Actually that's a really good one!

Red Nerussi (Neanderthal), Sunday, 28 February 2021 20:19 (two months ago) link

Is that Jeffrey Tambor? Good catch on the PF, that would've driven me mad.
Couldn't work out what the start sounds exactly like, then realised it's..... Eric Clapton. Which then made me link the intros to Wonderful Tonight and David Bowie - Underground (from Labyrinth).

kinder, Sunday, 28 February 2021 20:35 (two months ago) link

today’s p4k review of genesis’ duke claims that “misunderstanding” sounds like toto’s “hold the line,” and it does a little, but it’s basically a conscious rip off of the bridge from “hot fun in the summertime,” isn’t it?

little johnny juul (voodoo chili), Sunday, 28 February 2021 20:57 (two months ago) link

Definitely Tambor. And that’s presumably Leland Sklar playing bass, though according to Wikipedia it’s Pino Palladino on the actual track. TS: uber session musician bass players...

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Sunday, 28 February 2021 20:59 (two months ago) link

Pretty sure both are in this great thread:

The Ubiquitous HIred Gun Session Veteran Shout-Out Thread

chillin' like Emperor Maximilian (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 1 March 2021 00:26 (two months ago) link

I think my brain has subconsciously been trying to figure out the "Roundabout"/"Celebrate" connection my whole life. The mash-up works really well!

to party with our demons (Sund4r), Monday, 1 March 2021 02:16 (two months ago) link

it's 30-40 bmp faster but it's undoubtedly a steal.

Cocteau Twinks (jed_), Monday, 1 March 2021 02:24 (two months ago) link

Was listening to this Animals b-side from 1966 and thought, hey this is kinda like "Breakdown" by Tom Petty, especially the bit at 0:40

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDX6oSe8hDk

Josefa, Monday, 1 March 2021 06:00 (two months ago) link

Bang on with Haircut 100/ I Zimbra btw.

Punk's not daft (Tom D.), Monday, 1 March 2021 09:57 (two months ago) link

the Psychedelic Furs/Electronic comparison upthread reminded me of Ric Ocasek half-inching Into You Like A Train for Jimmy Jimmy, which is if anything even more blatant

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nr1R1xsHq8Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RczATjSmdNs

soref, Monday, 1 March 2021 10:38 (two months ago) link

That Cars' song is, er, not much of a song, is it?

Punk's not daft (Tom D.), Monday, 1 March 2021 11:22 (two months ago) link

I love Jimmy Jimmmy, the Cars/Ocasek in that moody, synthy mode is one of my favourite things, I can imagine that the Psychedelic Furs feeling a little indignant though

soref, Monday, 1 March 2021 11:31 (two months ago) link

The vocal melodies are very similar.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1UU_c0_gr0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svitEEpI07E

LeRooLeRoo, Monday, 1 March 2021 16:06 (two months ago) link

that's a good one

Josefa, Monday, 1 March 2021 16:16 (two months ago) link

speaking of genesis, "behind the lines" and the course/character selection music from mario kart 8 have been mashing up in my brain lol. really, they just share a three-chord synth fanfare, not much else

little johnny juul (voodoo chili), Monday, 1 March 2021 18:43 (two months ago) link

LeRooLeRoo, brace yourself for this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N21472M8p9E

chillin' like Emperor Maximilian (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 1 March 2021 18:48 (two months ago) link

Also Genesis - I’m perhaps just momentarily convinced that if you remove the bangin drum drive of Turn it on Again, and make the synths a bit goopier, you end up with Steve Winwood’s Valerie.

Kim, Monday, 1 March 2021 18:54 (two months ago) link

Never heard that REM song, but apparently they gave Cohen writing credits cause they recognised the similarities.

LeRooLeRoo, Monday, 1 March 2021 20:53 (two months ago) link

Another one for the "Suzanne" pile:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iHUjCR497w

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Monday, 1 March 2021 21:11 (two months ago) link

I was on a Donna Summer kick recently and noticed a couple of things that Prince did too

The melody of On the Radio verse is Money don’t matter 2nite

When I heard Fairy Tale High from Once upon a Time, I thought that’s Paisley Park sped up

Misty Drizzle, Monday, 1 March 2021 23:43 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7pjyjaklbg

budo jeru, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 19:42 (two months ago) link

gorky's zygotic mynci's "mewn" employs a chord change which makes me think it'll morph into outkast's "spread" at any moment

massaman gai (front tea for two), Thursday, 4 March 2021 08:39 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

main riff in X "Drunk In My Past" sure sounds like Michael Moorcock & The Deep Fix "Octopus"

Shaidar Logoff (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 18 March 2021 14:52 (one month ago) link

Just noticed that a few fleeting bits of Radiohead's "Paranoid Android" come really close to Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle."

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 18 March 2021 15:24 (one month ago) link

Wow

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 19 March 2021 13:34 (one month ago) link

Listening to The Minutemen's "3 Way Tie for Last" it again occurred to me again how much the tune "No One" sounds like Jane's Addictions "Pigs in Zen" even the guitar solo part.

earlnash, Friday, 26 March 2021 01:20 (one month ago) link

the youtube premiere countdown theme ('Space Walk' by Silent Partner) is a ripoff of Beach House's Space Song

dewey redman (unregistered), Sunday, 28 March 2021 00:22 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LExKshD32vg

LEMME GO WIIIIIIIIIIIIILD

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 12 April 2021 14:52 (three weeks ago) link

actually that's not the part it sounds like, should have said

When I'm out walking
I strut my stuff
And I'm so strung out

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 12 April 2021 14:53 (three weeks ago) link

btw it's "Let me go on"

Josefa, Monday, 12 April 2021 14:56 (three weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

Was just listening to "Mary, Mary So Contrary" by Can and I found it very amusing to imagine it sung by Anthony Kiedis:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8MlhzDHuWI

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 26 April 2021 21:57 (one week ago) link

otm i always thought 'Give It Away' was an intentional Malcolm Mooney homage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRLYqjTqcks

llurk, Monday, 26 April 2021 22:17 (one week ago) link

Believe
All i wanna do is make love to you

flagpost fucking (darraghmac), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 23:02 (one week ago) link

I've long been tickled by the fact that "El Bimbo" by Bimbo Jet (1975) sounds in an oblique way like "Atomic" by Blondie (1979). Once I was playing the "El Bimbo" 45 and someone asked me if it was some strange cover version of "Atomic."

Josefa, Friday, 30 April 2021 01:06 (one week ago) link

ooh, it’s *that* track! remember it from the radio, think some deejay here used it as theme music for their show - and yes, you’re right, it does!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGs6PBgeook
(the Spanish emcee’ing is not part of the (original) recording)

hearing it now seems more than likely that it was a conscious source of inspiration, without “Atomic” being in any way plagiaristic.

it never registered with me att that “El Bimbo” was this big worldwide - apparently it missed the top 30/40 over here two years in a row - and I had no idea about its afterlife:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bimbo_Jet

(relevant to the Blondie angle: ”The record reached #1 in the Billboard Disco Singles, #2 in the Hot Dance Club Play and #43 in the Hot 100 charts in the U.S.”)

I’m only now realising that it probably also inspired the sound of a 1977 Dutch pop disco classic that I adore:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7oelWcsdK4
Patricia Paay • Who’s That Lady With My Man

(fun fact: this lady would later marry Adam Curry of one-time MTV fame - they were one of the big Dutch celebrity couples of the time)

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 30 April 2021 07:44 (one week ago) link

That "El Bimbo" video is what I call pure entertainment!

I'd never heard the Patricia Paay one - funny and very European sounding,

Josefa, Friday, 30 April 2021 15:08 (one week ago) link

the Spanish emcee’ing is not part of the (original) recording)

On my 45 one side has a version w/o the emcee but the other side has the "Disco Version" that does feature that emcee!

Josefa, Friday, 30 April 2021 15:19 (one week ago) link

My daughters have lately taken to doing some sort of mashup of Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" and "Good Morning Baltimore" from the Hairspray musical. Their choruses are interchangeable.

Weston-super-Mare, Minehead, Lynmouth, Ilfracome, etc. (SlimAndSlam), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 01:38 (two days ago) link

I’ve finally bumped into the song that the “out of touch” verses reminded me of. It was “Tonada Yanomaminista” by Devendra Banhart.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 6 May 2021 17:59 (yesterday) link

someone on twitter mentioned that the get smart theme is incredibly similar to robert plant's howl from "immigrant song"

the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Thursday, 6 May 2021 18:00 (yesterday) link

My head keeps mashing up "Yellow" and "Linger."

Triumph of the Willa Cather (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 6 May 2021 18:26 (yesterday) link


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