Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers vs. Noah and the Whale

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After two people sent me the same track this week I figured I would post this up. This is my first time hearing Noah and the Whale and I must say there’s definitely a strong Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers resemblance here. Check ou the chorus from the Heartbreakers‘ “Don’t Come Around Here No More” (1985) and Noah’s “Life Goes On” (2011).

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - "Don't Come Around Here No More" (1985)

Noah and the Whale - "L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N" (2011)

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10 thoughts on “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers vs. Noah and the Whale

  1. avatarPaolo

    This song has been bugging me for a while now… It’s Paul Young’s “love of the common people” more so than Tom Petty’s “don’t come around here no more”


  2. avatarBroken By Clouds

    I don’t think Paul Young was the source.

    What you’re hearing in the verses is The Kink’s “Lola”, which it appears Paul Young was influenced by.

    The chorus is 100 percent “Don’t Come Around Here No More”.

    As for the title: “Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da” perhaps?



    Keith Reply:

    Now that you mention that Paul Young song, I’m reminded of LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends”


  3. avatarjimmy boots

    ‘Life Goes On’ also bears more than a passing resemblance to ‘Rise’ by Public Image Limited. It’s highly unlikely that Paul Young was influenced by Lola; “Love Of The Common People” was written in 1966 (originally released by the four preps, Paul Young’s cover takes it’s cue from the version released by Nicky Thomas), so perhaps Ray Davies was influenced by it :)


  4. avatarGaurav

    I just heard the Noah and the whale song and i searched for (“Noah and the whale” “Don’t Come Around Here No More” “Love of the common people”) and landed here.

    Good to know i’m not the only one :-)



    Keith Reply:

    Happy to be of service!


  5. avatarMzunguWaPemba

    It has more of the overall feel of Tom Petty than of The Kinks though. Musically similar to Lola (and the spelling of the title in the chorus is very Kinks, obviously!) but the general sound of the record is more Petty than Davies.


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