6 Songs That Sound Like Phantom of the Opera

September 18th, 2012 by

aka “Phantom of the Opera vs. Pink Floyd vs. Train vs. Puccini vs. Ray Repp vs. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat vs. Weezer”

Pink Floyd vs. Train Submitted by thewaitisogre

Pink Floyd vs. Phantom of the Opera submitted by Cristian & Travis & Matthew

 

Pink Floyd vs. Phantom of the Opera and more

This one just got better and better as I started to look into it.  After checking the Andrew Lloyd Webber Phantom of the Opera wikipedia page for some possible details it seems there are other examples. As I sit here and listen to Pink Floyd “Echoes” (1971) for the next 23 minutes (it’s a really long song) I am going to check out these others and post them below.

In 1987, the heirs of Giacomo Puccini charged in a lawsuit that the climactic phrase in “Music of the Night” closely resembled a similar phrase in the sequence “Quello che tacete” from Puccini’s opera Girl of the Golden West. The litigation was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.

In 1990, a Baltimore songwriter named Ray Repp filed a lawsuit alleging that the title song from Phantom was based on a song that he wrote in 1978 called “Till You.” After eight years of litigation — including an unsuccessful countersuit by Lloyd Webber claiming that “Till You” was itself a plagiarism of “Close Every Door” from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat — the jury found in Lloyd Webber’s favor.

Roger Waters [of Pink Floyd] has repeatedly claimed in interviews that the signature descending/ascending half-tone chord progression from Phantom’s title song was plagiarised from the bass line of a track on the Pink Floyd album Meddle called “Echoes.” He has never taken any legal action (“Life’s too long to bother with suing Andrew fucking Lloyd Webber”), but he did add an insulting reference to Lloyd Webber in his song “It’s a Miracle”: “We cower in our shelters/With our hands over our ears/Lloyd Webber’s awful stuff/Runs for years and years and years/An earthquake hits the theatre/But the operetta lingers/Then the piano lid comes down/And breaks his fucking fingers. /It’s a miracle!”. source: wikipedia

I also started to hum Weezer‘s Blue Album b-side “Susanne”. Might be a stretch but I’m adding it anyway.

“Phantom of the Opera Theme” Intro:

Pink Floyd - "Echoes" (1971)

Andrew Lloyd Webber - "Phantom of the Opera (Intro)" (1986)

“Phantom of the Opera Theme” Verse:

Ray Repp - "Till You" (1978)

Andrew Lloyd Webber - "Phantom of the Opera (verse)" (1986)

Weezer - "Susanne" (1994)

Train - "50 Ways to Say Goodbye" (2012)

I am not sure what Webber is talking about above but here is part of the Technicolor song:

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - "Close Every Door for Me" (1982)

“Music of the Night”
Phantom of the Opera - "Music of the Night" (1986)

Giacomo Puccini (Daniele Barioni) - "La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)" (1910)

 

Bonus!
Train vs. Train
Pat Monahan of Train

And what’s the deal with Train? Is it me or do these two choruses sound fairly similar?

Train - "50 Ways to Say Goodbye (chorus)" (2012)

Train - "Drive By" (2012)

Double Bonus!

Here is what a 23 minute Pink Floyd song  looks like (“Echoes”):

Pink Floyd Echoes Waveform

 

More reading:

Andrew Lloyd Webber Testifies vs. Ray Repp in Copyright Suit on playbill.com

 

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20 Responses to “6 Songs That Sound Like Phantom of the Opera”

  1. avatar Travis says:

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And Train vs Train…LOL

    I could give you offspring vs offspring,sum 41 vs sum 41 and even green day vs green day.

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  2. avatar thewaitisogre says:

    I’ve got another: “Glycerine” by Bush (1994) verse (00:07) and chorus (00:59) sounds like “Time” by blink-182 (1993) intro (00:21) and “Anchors Aweigh” by Bouncing Souls (2003) chorus (00:16) and bridge (1:12)

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  3. avatar thewaitisogre says:

    Another one: “Fashion Zombies” by The Aquabats (2005) intro sounds like “Up All Night” by blink-182 (2011) intro.

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  4. avatar Chips says:

    For the “intro part” I’ve got two more you could use:
    AC/DC – Big Balls
    Cheap Trick – World’s Greatest Lover

    The intro from both of them!

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  5. avatar Travis says:

    so a song released in 1978 is plagiarized from a song released 4 years later in 1982?

    Really?

    in 1990, a Baltimore songwriter named Ray Repp filed a lawsuit alleging that the title song from Phantom was based on a song that he wrote in 1978 called “Till You.” After eight years of litigation — including an unsuccessful countersuit by Lloyd Webber claiming that “Till You” was itself a plagiarism of “Close Every Door” from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat — the jury found in Lloyd Webber’s favor.

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  6. avatar Travis says:

    try this one out

    carlos gardel: por una cabeza

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ1aTPM-dyE

    david fonseca: cry for love

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQU-Xn0dE6w

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  7. avatar 'End-To-End' Benton says:

    Travis: No idea where Keith got 1982 from (copyright date? Cast recording? CD release?) but fairly sure Close Every Door was in the original Joseph in 1968

    Another song with the descending semitones thing: You’re Alright by Michael Wookey
    http://www.vimeo.com/10864259

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    Keith Reply:

    Yeah, sorry about that weird date. I wasn’t entirely sure when the Lloyd Webber version was originally recorded and how different, if so, the original version was.

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    Keith Reply:

    Good find on that other track too!

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  8. avatar thewaitisogre says:

    “Pon De Floor” (2009) by Major Lazer and “Beat Of My Drum” (2011) by Nicola Roberts

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  9. avatar thewaitisogre says:

    “California Gurls” (2010) by Katy Perry and “Turn Me Up” (2012) by Carly Rae Jepsen (I bet Dr. Luke produced “Turn Me Up” too)

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  10. avatar Johnny says:

    Songs on albums reprising earlier melodies happens a lot, it’s more in the tradition of opera or indeed musicals like Andrew Lloyd Webber (recycling Don’t Cry For Me Argentina endlessly in Evita) but James Blunt did it with You’re Beautiful.

    thewaitisogre – I believe “Run the World”, and the Nicola Roberts track (which Madonna’s Gimme All Your Luvin’ famously sounded like with the cheerleader chants) all were authorized samples or had Diplo from the original on production.

    Don’t forget Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City’s “Good Time” being another total Cali Gurls wannabe – not produced by Dr. Luke apparently despite many assuming so, but some of his associates.

    As for Andrew Lloyd Weber, he deserves a section of his own. This amusing hater video shows some of the many plagiarism cases he was involved in – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoVccXgAy6U

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    Keith Reply:

    Johnny, Thanks for the youtube link. Definitely an interesting piece!

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  11. avatar Hey says:

    How do I listen to the songs?

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    Keith Reply:

    Hi, there should be small play buttons next to the tracks at the bottom of the post. They are currently HTML5 players so it is not perfect. What browser are you using?

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  12. avatar ArthurCh says:

    To make this even more longer, hear the start of “The Bells of Notre Dame” by the band Notre Dame..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zDRR37mkKw

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  13. avatar Johnny says:

    Mariah Carey – My All

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    Keith Reply:

    Woah. Nice find.

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  14. avatar Mark Adams says:

    In the case of Echoes/Phantom of the Opera, do you think he stole the semitones descending thing? He could have easily come up with that himself.

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    Keith Reply:

    Who knows! But it still sounds the same!

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