Steely Dan vs. XTC

Submitted by Travis

Have a listen to the verse of Steely Dan‘s “Barrytown” (1974) next to XTC‘s “Standing in for Joe” (2000).

Update 8/2012: Added Bob Dylan “Positively 4th Street” (1965) and The Beatles – “Tell Me What You See” (1965)
http://www.thatsongsoundslike.com/2012/08/06/steely-dan-vs-xtc-vs-bob-dylan-vs-the-beatles/

Steely Dan - "Barrytown" (1974)
XTC - "Standing in for Joe" (2000)

 

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20 Replies to “Steely Dan vs. XTC”

    1. Travis

      and to top it off

      colin of XTC claims to of never heard of “barrytown” when coming up with “standing in for joe”

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  1. jimmy boots

    On an XTC note: compare overrated Polish annoyance Gotye’s ‘amazing’ ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ with ‘Senses Working Overtime’ – he’s just taken the melody and played ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ over it on a xylophone!

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  2. jimmy boots

    I meant Belgian of course. They both have vowels in. It’s an easy mistake to make. Anyway he looks kind of Polish. He’s still ripped off XTC either way.

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  3. Neil

    The melody was actually even more like “Barrytown” in the demo but Dave Gregory caught it and got Moulding to adjust it slightly.

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  4. Toke

    The Loft’s “City of Dreams” verse melody is very similar to the one of Steely Dan’s “Do It Again”. On top of that, most of the instrumental is already sampled from another song!

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  5. Mark Weisinger

    I know this is off-topic, but I don’t know where else to post it. But am I the only one who thinks that Kenny Loggins’s vocal melody for the chorus of “Footloose” is simply a vocal approximation of the guitar riff from Joe Walsh’s “Funk #49?”

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  6. Mark Weisinger

    I know this is off-topic, but I don’t know where else to post it. But am I the only one who thinks that Kenny Loggins’s vocal melody for the chorus of “Footloose” is simply a vocal approximation of the guitar riff from Joe Walsh’s “Funk #49?”

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  7. Andy B.

    Anybody ever hear Steely Dan’s “Rikki Don’t lose that number”? They lifted the main hook from “Songs for my father” by Horace Silver.

    But I guess it is a “homage” so that makes it OK (:-)

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  8. Johnny

    As far as soft rock goes how about America jacking Christopher Cross’s “Ride Like the Wind” for their “The Border”, hardly even changing anything.

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  9. Mark Weisinger

    By the way, Green Day has done a fair amount of “tributing” on their “Uno!,” “Dos!,” and “Tre!” albums. Perhaps the most obvious being “Brutal Love,” which sounds a whole lot like Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home to Me,” IMO.

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  10. Johnny

    What about Neil Young’s most iconic recent song “Harvest Moon” owing a great deal of its appeal to the Everly Brothers “Walk Right Back”? Since America had their biggest hit with a Neil Young soundalike and all.

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