Fri 19 Nov, 2010 10:36 am
Sometimes, the intro to a song immediately calls to mind another song. Sometimes, a song that you never heard before seems familiar.
Ever shake your head over songs that sound like other songs? Ever google a pair of songs that sound soooo much alike that you can't believe they're different until you look at the music?*
*Of course, my ear is not very good, so, I need to look at the music.
I hear this song for the first time time. Apparently, Golden Smog has been around the block a couple of times and played at Obama's rally. The live version has a shorter and less intricate introduction than the recorded version of "Love and Mercy" that I heard streamed live on the web:
However, when I heard it, I immediately thought of this classic from The Byrds, "Chestnut Mare."
Hingehead had a thread like this a while back that had some great examples (http://able2know.org/topic/120545-2) but very few people posting.
I'd love to see more so I'm going to follow along!
I figured someone would have had a similar thread. Music threads are popular here.
Autumn in New York and Moonlight in Vermont. The beginnings of those two songs are almost identical.
How about all of Christopher Cross' songs? LOL
Edit: What a name - Chris Cross!!
They are close.
Here's Louie and Ella doing Autumn in NY:
The same famous pair do Moonlight:
Until I listened to Ella open them up, I didn't realize that both songs dip to a lower pitch for the second note after starting rather high.
I have to give you credit for listening to more than one of his 'songs.'
Two (or four) that come to mind.
"My Sweet Lord"/"He's So Fine"
George Harrison got sued for copyright infringement for it.
Compton and Green's "Make them Laugh" from Singing In the Rain is a direct rip-off of "Be Clown" a song written by Cole Porter for the 1948 film The Pirate.
kuvie -- Donald O'Connor did "Smile,Darn you, Smile."
But, "make Em Laugh" and "Be A Clown" do sound the same.
sorry, youtube vid of singing in the rain part of "make them laugh" would not embed, and this one was listed as "make them laugh.'
I associate Make Em Laugh with Judy Garland wearing that clown makeup she sometimes adopted.
That's Garland doing "be a clown." Compton and Green, and the producer on "Singing in the Rain," Alan Freed readily admit that they "stole" the tune from Cole Porter.
And Alan Freed ought to have known!
BTW, just came back from seeing "Nowhere Boy," the John Lennon bio-pic. It was quite good. Worth seeing.