UPDATE: Steely Dan vs. XTC vs. Bob Dylan vs. The Beatles

This is an update to Steely Dan vs. XTC originally submitted by Travis

I was listening to some Dylan the other day and “Positively 4th Street” (1965) range a bell. Aha, something that’s already on ThatSongSoundsLike.

Have a listen to the verse of Dylan’s “Positively 4th Street”,  Steely Dan‘s “Barrytown” (1974) and  XTC‘s “Standing in for Joe” (2000) .

Bob Dylan - "Positively 4th Street" (1965)
Steely Dan - "Barrytown" (1974)
XTC - "Standing in for Joe" (2000)

Update:
As Travis pointed out below, on the original post somebody pointed out The Beatles‘ 1965 song “Tell Me What You See”

The Beatles - "Tell Me What You See" (1965)

Update 8/8/2012:
via XTC’s official twitter account:

 

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17 Replies to “UPDATE: Steely Dan vs. XTC vs. Bob Dylan vs. The Beatles”

    1. Mark Adams

      So I’m not the only one to notice the similarity between the two. Also, Positively 4th Street reminds of Rod Stewart.

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      1. Mark Adams

        I’ve just worked it out: the Rod Stewart version of What’s Made Milwaukee Famous (1972), written by Glenn Sutton.

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        1. Mark Adams

          While I’m on the subject, I Was Only Joking (1975), which Rod Stewart co-wrote with Gary Grainger, sounds like the verse of Can’t Take My Eyes off of You by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

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  1. chuck

    i don’t hear the dylan similarity at all. the steeley dan song is a total ripoff of ‘Tell Me What You See’. the xtc thing sorta sounds like the beatles tune.

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      1. chuck

        we all do that every now and then 🙂 but as i said, definitely a good call on steely dan ripping the beatles

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        1. Mark Adams

          You didn’t make it clear which came first out of The Beatles’ song and the Dylan song. If that’s because you’re not sure, according to Wikipedia, Tell Me What You See was recorded in Feb then released in Aug ’65, while Positively 4th Street was recorded in Jul and released in Sep ’65. But I disagree, I think the Steely Dan and XTC songs sound more like Dylan’s song than The Beatles’.

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  2. Andy B.

    By the way, the Beatles song “Long, Long, Long” is a total ripoff of Dylan’s “Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands”.

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