UPDATE: Aztec Camera vs. Gwen Stefani vs. Weezer vs. Lita Ford

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This is an update to Gwen Stefani vs. Weezer vs. Lita Ford

Paul brought Aztec Camera‘s 1987 hit “Somewhere In My Heart”  to my attention pointing out that it predates all of these. They all share a very similar descending vocal melody. Thanks Paul!

Aztec Camera - "Somewhere In My Heart" (1987)

Weezer - "Hash Pipe" (2001)

Gwen Stefani - "What You Waiting For?" (2004)

Lita Ford - "Kiss Me Deadly" (1988)

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11 thoughts on “UPDATE: Aztec Camera vs. Gwen Stefani vs. Weezer vs. Lita Ford

  1. avatarMinnie

    HA HA!! It just gets better and better. The list gets longer and longer. Every time I would hear one of those songs, I would hear the other three, and now it’s documented! I’m not alone! It should be such a unique melody. How did at least four songs completely do the same thing? (Well, Aztec Camera was first. But for not being the most popular song in the world, it sure has been “borrowed” quite a bit. I love this website…

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  2. avatarRoger

    Hash Pipe always reminded me a bit of “She Bop” by Cyndi Lauper!

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    And the chorus of She Bop sounds kind of like Hasta Manana by Abba, before going into a riff that reminds me of Bad by Michael Jackson (1987), followed by a part that sounds kind of like Stray Cat Strut.

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  3. avatarMichael

    Add “This River Is Wild” by The Killers to this list with this section:

    “And Adam’s taking bombs ‘cos he’s stuck on his Mom
    And that b*tch keeps tring to make him pay
    He’s with the hippie in the park coming out of the dark
    To try some of that little girl play”

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  4. avatarGrateful Guy

    I found Aztec Camera’s song, and couldn’t place it, but I could hear it in my head. This song was This River is Wild, which I wouldn’t have realized without you.

    And to think, I was going to jump out the window.

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    Keith Reply:

    Ah, excellent! I don’t know why I didn’t think of adding The Killers on here. Thanks!

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  5. avatarKurt

    Actually Rivers Cuomo stole “Hash Pipe” from a popular Boston band The Shods and their song “Shot HImself Up.” Before the green album, Rivers took several years off from music to attend Harvard, where he saw the Shods play often in local bars.

    The Shods “Shot Himself Up”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N25gk3_it9A

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    Keith Reply:

    Wow, nice find!!

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