UPDATE: The Damned vs. Nirvana vs. Killing Joke

December 2nd, 2009 by

This is an update to Nirvana vs. Killing Joke

Melanie brings up the 1982 track “Life Goes On” by English punk band The Damned.

The Damned - "Life Goes On" (1982)

Killing Joke - "Eighties" (1984)

Nirvana - "Come as You Are" (1992)

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10 Responses to “UPDATE: The Damned vs. Nirvana vs. Killing Joke”

  1. avatar ThatScottGuy says:

    If the Damned had a dollar for every time they were ripped off, they wouldn’t have to put out so many compilation albums of all their genius.

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  2. avatar Alex says:

    Take note of Sigur Rós’ “Olsen Olsen”. [released 1999]
    It’s most similar to the Damned’s Life Goes On.
    Here’s a youtube video with the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2GjOC79gVI

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    KingJaz0 Reply:

    That’s interesting. Another use of this so successful riff. And all songs made of it are completely different but all good, although the ones I prefer are those by KJ and Nirvana.

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  3. avatar DorothyJean says:

    don’t fear the reaper by blue oyster cult
    If I’m wrong, please excuse me. ;)
    Here’s a youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shEbyzbSyXg&feature=fvst

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    DorothyJean Reply:

    1976 – Don’t Fear the Reaper, by Blue Oyster Cult
    ..oop! forgot to note the year…

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    dxman Reply:

    That sounds more like “Message in a Bottle” by the Police than “Come as You Are.”

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    Keith Reply:

    Ah. Yeah, good point. I have “Message in a Bottle” vs. Pinback over here: http://www.thatsongsoundslike.com/2010/04/18/the-police-vs-pinback/

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  4. avatar Eric Christopherson says:

    Electric Six’s “Gay Bar”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTN6Du3MCgI

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  5. avatar Tim says:

    ‘Dead Souls’ by Joy Division (1979) sounds pretty similar. Around 0:15 to 0:30.

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  6. avatar Mark Adams says:

    There’s also a similar riff in a Nickelback song.

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