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 thoughts on “Steely Dan vs. XTC

  1. avatarKyle G.

    The hell, that’s the exact same melody!

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    Travis Reply:

    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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  2. avatarjimmy 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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  3. avatarjimmy 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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  4. avatarNeil

    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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  5. avatarMark 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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    Keith Reply:

    Totally!!

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  6. avatarMark 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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    Keith Reply:

    Totally!

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  7. avatarAndy 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. avatarJohnny

    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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    Keith Reply:

    Wow. That’s amazing. I’ll be sure to post this.

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  9. avatarMark 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. avatarJohnny

    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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