Songs with the Baba O'Riley Chord Progression

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I'm back! Back in the New York groove!

timellison, Sunday, 24 June 2012 16:10 (eight years ago) link

longest thread ever

decrepit but free (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Sunday, 24 June 2012 16:13 (eight years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPupROGv-sc

mississippi joan hart (crüt), Sunday, 24 June 2012 16:29 (eight years ago) link

The Jam - Innocent Man

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Sunday, 24 June 2012 16:44 (eight years ago) link

That part in 'The Necromancer' by Rush where Geddy sings: ♪♫ Stealthily attackiiiiing! By-Tor slaaaaays his foeeee! ♪♫

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Sunday, 24 June 2012 16:45 (eight years ago) link

Maybe 'Be My Lover' by Alice Cooper?

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Sunday, 24 June 2012 16:46 (eight years ago) link

Art of Noise, "Snapshot"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLHZjJddLh0

Chickie Levitt, Sunday, 24 June 2012 16:47 (eight years ago) link

1st half of the chorus in Slack Motherfucker is what springs to mind.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c_GX2CYkcQ

MaresNest, Sunday, 24 June 2012 16:51 (eight years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JTy-GCfmvw

pplains, Sunday, 24 June 2012 17:17 (eight years ago) link

JEFF LYNNE HAS EYES.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEwFssgvsC0

(also lol @ first laser beam on TV)

pplains, Sunday, 24 June 2012 17:22 (eight years ago) link

Alice Cooper - Department Of Youth

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Sunday, 24 June 2012 17:25 (eight years ago) link

Queen - If You Can't Beat Them

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Sunday, 24 June 2012 17:26 (eight years ago) link

I lol'd at the guy throwing his cello around like it was Pete Townshend's guitar.

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Biff Wellington (WmC), Sunday, 24 June 2012 17:31 (eight years ago) link

they shoulda sued ani difranco

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6JnQbQbzdo

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Sunday, 24 June 2012 17:46 (eight years ago) link

I lol'd at the guy throwing his cello around like it was Pete Townshend's guitar.

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Then maybe you would like the part in the Charlie Louvin book about Ira smashing his mandolin

ratso piazzolla (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 24 June 2012 17:47 (eight years ago) link

Sweet Jane

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Sunday, 24 June 2012 17:50 (eight years ago) link

B-b-but that one has a fourth chord!

ratso piazzolla (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 24 June 2012 18:00 (eight years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCmhNRqN27I

Odd Spice (Eazy), Sunday, 24 June 2012 18:12 (eight years ago) link

I can't see the youtubes on iPad, are any of these "Hard to Make A Stand" by Sheryl Crow? If not, that one.

Julie Derpy (Phil D.), Sunday, 24 June 2012 23:19 (eight years ago) link

Fox On The Run - The Sweet

Mark G, Sunday, 24 June 2012 23:19 (eight years ago) link

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

MarkoP, Monday, 25 June 2012 02:26 (eight years ago) link

Ha, yeah! I was thinking of that one. That's one where the root of the chord goes up for the IV and V chords, whereas the root goes down in "Baba."

timellison, Monday, 25 June 2012 02:34 (eight years ago) link

I thought the Superchunk song that bit "Baba O'Riley" was the outro of "Song For Marion Brown."

like a musical album. made by a band. (fucking in the streets), Monday, 25 June 2012 03:30 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

John Mellencamp - "Small Town"

timellison, Friday, 27 July 2012 00:47 (eight years ago) link

'straight to hell'/'paper planes'!

40oz of tears (Jordan), Friday, 27 July 2012 01:07 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...

"Must of Got Lost" - J. Geils Band

timellison, Wednesday, 15 August 2012 22:56 (seven years ago) link

Noah & the Whale - Tonight's The Kind Of Night (from memory, at least)

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 15 August 2012 23:18 (seven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Witchy tai to

Trip Maker, Friday, 7 September 2012 01:46 (seven years ago) link

six months pass...

"Do Ya" - same year!

timellison, Tuesday, 12 March 2013 03:13 (seven years ago) link

Just read thread title as "Songs with the Bill O'Reilly Chord Progression." Unsettling.

Public Brooding Closet (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 12 March 2013 03:46 (seven years ago) link

"Won't Get Fooled Again" - chords so nice, pete used em twice.....

m0stlyClean, Tuesday, 12 March 2013 03:48 (seven years ago) link

Isn't this just I-V-IV? That's pretty standard in rock music, isn't it? Or are you looking for the same rhythm as "Baba O'Riley" too?

EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 12 March 2013 03:51 (seven years ago) link

i always think about starting a companion thread about riffs with the same cadence as the "Baba O'Riley" riff because i know tons of those but have no idea when the chords are the same or not

some dude, Tuesday, 12 March 2013 03:53 (seven years ago) link

I don't think I-V-IV is that common really! Not as a repeating sequence, anyway. (I'm sure there would be lots more songs where I-V-IV is part of a larger pattern.)

timellison, Tuesday, 12 March 2013 04:03 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, I just scanned a couple of articles on rock harmony and you seem to be right.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 12 March 2013 04:06 (seven years ago) link

Aerosmith - Angel

this has to be the most blatant one, it mimics not only the chord sequence but also the tempo

cock chirea, Tuesday, 12 March 2013 04:13 (seven years ago) link

"Won't Get Fooled Again" - chords so nice, pete used em twice.....

― m0stlyClean, Monday, March 11, 2013 11:48 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Nope

space phwoar (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 12 March 2013 04:14 (seven years ago) link

i can see for miles and miles and miles and miles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZWzYSu2luo

cock chirea, Tuesday, 12 March 2013 04:21 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, "Baba" is F-C-Bb, WGFA is A-G-D. Different chords, different chord progressions.

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Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Tuesday, 12 March 2013 04:23 (seven years ago) link

yeah, I guess it would be I-VII-IV

space phwoar (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 12 March 2013 04:42 (seven years ago) link

....unless D is the root, then it would be V - IV - I ....

m0stlyClean, Tuesday, 12 March 2013 14:32 (seven years ago) link

Should be a silmiar thread for "Knockin' On Heaven's Door"

Johnny Too Borad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 12 March 2013 17:42 (seven years ago) link

Do you hear D as the tonic in "Won't Get Fooled Again" though? I think it's clearly A.

Other nerds might find this interesting and somewhat relevant: http://www.mtosmt.org/issues/mto.11.17.1/mto.11.17.1.temperley.html

EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 12 March 2013 17:45 (seven years ago) link

really more of a sweet jane rip, but still:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlqC6SuhIXM

s.clover, Tuesday, 12 March 2013 17:53 (seven years ago) link

This is a great video if you like this song and have been misled about the song's construction:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GA7Y5f_C-tw

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 12 March 2013 18:34 (seven years ago) link

tbf, the organ track on Townshend's demo (which was nine minutes, and edited down for the band recording) was put through a couple of warbly synth modules at about the four- or five-minute mark. But yeah, as the clip shows, at no point was data about Meher Baba's life fed into a computer with that music being the result.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Tuesday, 12 March 2013 18:46 (seven years ago) link

five months pass...

So, the new One Direction single "Best Song Ever" is a "Baba" pastiche, but the chords are F# (three beats), C# (one beat), G# (four beats). The I and IV chords are switched around.

The thing is, there's just so little use of the tonic chord in this progression. It's only on one beat (a weak beat). Nevertheless, it works.

timellison, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 18:00 (six years ago) link

that's precisely why it works, really

I tweeted too much and I am in jail. (crüt), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 18:02 (six years ago) link

it's basically a variant of playing IV-V over and over again which is a common pop music trick (c.f. "Call Me Maybe") - IV-V blatantly sets people's ears up for a resolution to the I chord, but you get that release only sparingly, so everything stays in a heightened state of energy

I tweeted too much and I am in jail. (crüt), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 18:08 (six years ago) link

Yeah. Of course, "Call Me Maybe" sticks to the tonic a lot in the verses. Kudos to 1D for jamming it through the whole song and making it work!

timellison, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 18:19 (six years ago) link

"Call Me Maybe" only hits the tonic right after the chorus & before the verses start, actually. otherwise it's IV-V the whole way through.

I tweeted too much and I am in jail. (crüt), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 18:21 (six years ago) link

I don't hear any V chord in the verse. Sounds to me basically like an alternation between IV and I with a vi chord thrown in before the IV

timellison, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 18:34 (six years ago) link

Sorry, didn't finish that post. Try again.

I don't hear any V chord in the verse. Sounds to me basically like an alternation between IV and I with a vi chord thrown in before the IV the second and fourth time through.

timellison, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 18:35 (six years ago) link

(I LOVE the use of the tonic chord as that stuttering accent preceding both the IV and V chords in the chorus of "Call Me Maybe," by the way.)

timellison, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 18:53 (six years ago) link

six months pass...

Coda of "Pilot of the Airwaves" (starts at 2:52)

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

timellison, Wednesday, 19 March 2014 04:23 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2gy1Evb1Kg

tsrobodo, Wednesday, 19 March 2014 07:27 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bhLw3v_tiY

Walter Galt, Wednesday, 19 March 2014 07:40 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bhLw3v_tiY

Walter Galt, Wednesday, 19 March 2014 07:40 (six years ago) link

four months pass...

"Let My Love Open the Door" - Pete Townshend

timellison, Thursday, 14 August 2014 19:49 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4qKKRn4kZs&sns=fb

timellison, Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:54 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

"Camarillo Brillo"

timellison, Friday, 27 July 2018 19:56 (two years ago) link

"You Ain't Seen Nothin Yet"

Scape: Goat-fired like a dog! (Myonga Vön Bontee), Friday, 27 July 2018 22:15 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

Shawn Mendes - "Believe"

The nexus of the crisis (Sund4r), Friday, 5 October 2018 21:48 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

Hoyt Axton tune but with some added "Baba" for the fun of it.

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

timellison, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 02:26 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

The Cars - "Bye Bye Love" (chorus)

timellison, Monday, 16 September 2019 04:12 (ten months ago) link

three months pass...

og Brinsley Schwarz version of "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding"

timellison, Monday, 23 December 2019 18:22 (seven months ago) link

seven months pass...

new one! california band Spice referencing baba oriley (via superchunk?) https://spiceispain.bandcamp.com/track/26-dogs

here 1st (roxymuzak), Wednesday, 29 July 2020 15:24 (one week ago) link


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