Green Day vs. Steve Earle

Submitted by Kevin

More Green Day???! In this case the offender is Steve Earle. Check out his 1997 track “Here I Am” against Green Day‘s 2004 “Basket

Green Day - "Basket Case" (1994)
Steve Earle - "Here I Am" (1997)

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15 thoughts on “Green Day vs. Steve Earle

  1. avatarDavid

    ….and Steve Earle’s “Here I am” melody and chord progression sound like “All My Lovin'” by the Beatles? These things just goes full circle…

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  2. avatarDr. Eric

    http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2010/11/axis-of-awesome-4-four-chord-song-with-song-titles/

    This link shows that there are hundreds of songs that all use the same 4 chords in a progression.

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    Keith Reply:

    Thanks for the link Dr. Eric!

    Yup, this is a great compilation. Aside from the chord progressions, on ThatSongSoundsLike we can also discuss the vocal melodies and instrumentation that complete the songs. We can compare thousands of songs with the same I-IV-V progression but they don’t always use the same vocal melodies on top – this is where the fun begins on this site. I get a lot of submissions that might just be the same three or four chords but nothing else.

    I like to put myself and other’s minds at ease that they are not crazy because they think they’ve heard something before. :)

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    Except these songs use more than four chords. When I Come Around is a four chord song, though.

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  3. avatarTheolynn Carpenter

    Hey! I always thought Green Days song sounded Like Charlene’s 1976 song “Never Been to Me”
    That song was before both of those………

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    Keith Reply:

    Nice! Are you talking about this part? (50 seconds in)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sn7d7gZj_qc#t=50s

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    Theolynn Carpenter Reply:

    :)! YES…..

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    Yes, but it seems Basket Case was based on Pachelbel’s Canon. And Steve Earle’s sounds even more like Never Been to Me.

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    If We Hold On Together from The Land Before Time (1989?) also comes to mind. “Live believing, dreams are for weaving, hold to the truth in your heart.” Plus Sorrento Moon by Tina Arena (1995) and part of Honesty by Billy Joel: “If I wear my heart out on my sleeve.”

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    Green Day’s iViva La Gloria! (2009) also sounds like Basketcase, as well as sounding like their own Deadbeat Holiday (2000) and Love Minus Zero/No Limit by Bob Dylan. And Armitage Shanks (1995), which also sounds like Looking Out My Back Door by Creedence (1970). The last four notes of that sequence in Basketcase is a diatonic descending pattern which makes up the melodies of Going to California by Led Zeppelin (1971) and Given to Fly by Pearl Jam, it is in the bass line of Under the Double Eagle by Willie Nelson (2004) and haven’t we all heard that pattern from church bells, like in a movie wedding?

    For another Green Day similarity, When I Come Around (1994) sounds like part of Highwayman by Jimmie Webb. Rainbow in the Dark by Dio (1983) also sounds like a different part of Highwayman.

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    And how about Questions of My Childhood by Kansas (Oct 1976)?

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    And When I Think About Angels by Jamie O’Neal (Oct 2000) sounds like a combination of these and Shine by Vanessa Amarosi (May ’00).

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