The Strokes vs. Barry Manilow

October 29th, 2009 by

Submitted by David

The Strokes ripped this chorus right from the Barry Manilow classic “Mandy”. Check it out!

Barry Manilow - "Mandy" (1974)
The Strokes - "Razorblade" (2006)
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17 Responses to “The Strokes vs. Barry Manilow”

  1. avatar BT says:

    oh man. yeah they sound the exact same

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  2. avatar Bjorn says:

    DUDE I was just thinking of that. I had never heard Mandy until I watched this episode of the simpsons, so I youtubed it and I spent the last 20 minutes trying to figure out what it sounded like. THANK YOU for stopping my anguish!

    And also, yes they are totally the same song

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    Keith Reply:

    Your welcome. This is exactly what this site is for!

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  3. avatar Jeremy says:

    Without question, these two are quite similar. Whether it’s intentional is unknown.

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  4. avatar bill says:

    I’m hearing a bit of wuthering heights in there.

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  5. avatar Adam says:

    They aren’t the same at all, they don’t even have the same amount of syllables or even in the same key. They both start with oooohh and last about the same amount of time apart from that nothing.

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    Luke Reply:

    I agree.

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  6. avatar jimmy boots says:

    In case you didn’t know, “Mandy” is itself a cover of “Brandy” (1971) by Scott English, with the name changed to avoid confusion with the Looking Glass song “Brandy”.

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    Keith Reply:

    Thanks for the additional info!

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    John Reply:

    No it is not a “cover.” The name was originally Brandy and was changed because Looking Glass’s song of same name was so popular

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    jimmy boots Reply:

    Other than the fact that Manilow’s “Mandy” is credited to Scott English on the label, and features exactly the same lyrics and melody as “Brandy”, you’re right John. Silly me.

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  7. avatar bob says:

    MORE STROKES =) PLEASE CHECK THESE OUT!! especially the third one

    The Strokes – Barely Legal and Arctic Monkeys – That’s Where You’re Wrong

    The Strokes – Alone Together and Arctic Monkeys – Little Illusion Machine

    The Strokes – Electricityscape and Talking Heads – Sugar On My Tongue

    The Strokes – Call Me Back and Velvet Underground – Murder Mystery

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  8. avatar Marty says:

    The strokes songs came out in 2001 before the artic monkeys songs. so the artic monkeys would be ripping off the strokes

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  9. avatar franchittilitter says:

    Wow, this is a stretch, and only serves to lower the credibility of this site.

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  10. avatar Claudia J says:

    Another song that sounds like “Mandy” is “Flight Of the Apollo” by Angels and Airwaves (2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypnOnVwg8sc the part starts at 2:16. Tom Delonge, the founder of Angels and Airwaves, covered “Mandy” in 2006 with his previous project Boxcar Racer.

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  11. avatar martin says:

    Compare the opening of Strokes “You only live once” and the verse of Queen “I Want to Break Free”. Sounds alike.

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    Keith Reply:

    Nice one! I also have a Muse vs. Queen post coming up for “You Only Live Once”

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