Nick & Simon vs. Green Day

Thanks to William for this one

There is a Dutch singer-songwriter duo called Nick & Simon and they wrote a song called Julia. Then they made 154 versions of the song. I don’t have time to listen to any more than the one that William sent my way but it sounds just like Green Day‘s “When I Come Around”. Do the other 153 versions sound like other songs as well??

Nick & Simon - "Julia" (2013)

Green Day - "When I Come Around" (1994)

“Nick & Simon released many different versions of the song, each with another female given name as title. Eight versions were released on CD, but on iTunes 154 versions were released (see different versions). Nick & Simon established a record in the Guinness Book of Records with this song, because they released 155 singles on one day. This has never been done before.

The single debuted at the peak position in both the Dutch Top 40 and the Mega Single Top 100.The song became the first number-one single for Nick & Simon in the Dutch Top 40 and the first number-one debut in that chart since Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” in 2011. “Julia” was the tenth number-one single for the duo in the Mega Single Top 100.” – Wikipedia

 

Check out some other Green Day posts on this site:

Green Day vs. Night Ranger

Green Day vs. ELO vs. Scott McKenzie

Green Day vs. Blink-182

 

 

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26 Replies to “Nick & Simon vs. Green Day”

  1. H.D. Bruton

    From what I can tell, the other versions are just with alternate names instead of Julia, like Daphne and Maria. They still have yet to make a Brunhilda version, though.

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      1. H.D. Bruton

        Eh, artists like to do that these days. I remember when Lady Gaga released her song “Yoü and I,” with a line about her “cool Nebraska guy.” When I hear it on the radio, it’s “cool Virginia guy.” And she did one for all 50 states. Strange.

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  2. Mark Adams

    I can’t complain, because you posted one of my Green Day submissions, but if you’re interested, I have plenty more. I posted comments under the three other posts mentioned except for Green Day vs Blink-182 I just reiterated what someone else had said. I also suggested more comparisons under Green Day vs Jawbreaker, Green Day vs Motley Crue vs Bryan Adams (no relation as far as I’m aware, but I sometimes refer to him Uncle Bryan just for fun), Green Day vs Steve Earle, Green Day vs The Kinks, Update: Green Day vs ELO vs Mott the Hoople, Green Day vs Full House, Led Zeppelin vs The World, Cat Stevens vs Tears for Fears and The Flaming Lips vs Cat Stevens. Just remember that when you see a song listed as being from ’92, I think it’s actually ’91, according to Green Day’s official website. Anyway, if you want to trace this melody back a little further, have a listen to their own 80 (1991).

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    1. Mark Adams

      And I’ve just realised Julia bridges the gap between When I Come Around and X-Kid (2012), which sounds like Green Day’s Basketcase. That makes When I Come Around a follow-up sound-alike, to an extent.

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    2. Keith Post author

      As far as release years I’ve messed those up a few times basing it on the release of the single and not the album which could be the year before.

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  3. Mark Adams

    I stated before that iViva La Gloria! sounds like Love Minus Zero/No Limit and the Jazz standard All of Me, but it also sounds like their own Letterbomb (2004). When you have some spare time you might want to check out Dean Gray presents American Edit. Some of the mash-ups you already know would work, but some you mightn’t.

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    1. Mark Adams

      And Billboard.com states that Letterbomb sounds like their own 86 (1995). It also in part sounds like Drive by The Cars, maybe more than Jesus of Suburbia V. Tales of Another Broken Home does. Also, iViva La Gloria! sounds like the chorus of their own Deadbeat Holiday (2000).

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        1. Mark Adams

          I’ve just realised that Letterbomb is essentially a rewrite of Basket Case (Dookie demo 1993, final version 1994, which may be why you have two dates).

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    2. Mark Adams

      My mother pointed out that the chorus Deadbeat Holiday also sounds kind of like the verse of A World of Our Own by The Seekers (1968) and I think that in turn sounds kind of like When Irish Eyes Are Smiling (published 1912 and recorded by John McCormack in 1916). As The Seekers were from the ’60s and Warning was a ’60s-style album, that could have been where Green Day got it from, but it’s still closer to Love Minus Zero/No Limit (1965) and Bob Dylan was of course from the ’60s. Considering apparently Billie Joe Armstrong was listening to Bob Dylan when he was working on the Warning album, that is probably where it came from.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFjhScTpm8E#t=51s

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  4. Mark Adams

    Part of the first movement of Homecoming, The Death of St. Jimmy (2004) sounds like a combination of It’s the Same Old Song (1965) and Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) by Chris Tomlin in 2006 (the Wikipedia page on Amazing Grace gives some interesting information and as it is part of the folk tradition, the story is intertwined with that of other songs). The third movement, Nobody Likes You sounds like When Will I Be Loved by The Everly Brothers (1960) made into a taunt, the fourth movement sounds kind of like I’m ON My Way by The Proclaimers (1988), but maybe there’s something it sounds more like which I just can’t think of right now and part of the fifth and final movement, We’re Coming Home Again has the same ‘church bell’ melody of Given to Fly by Pearl Jam (1997), but it could be based on On the Road Again by Willie Nelson (1980). This is another one of those Green Day songs with a substantial amount of swearing, but I stopped given a warning because you kind of have to expect it from these guys. One last thing, part of Holiday (2004), towards the end, sounds like their own 2000 Light Years Away (1991), but also A Groovy Kind of Love, etc.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbe7OruLk8I#t=1m15s

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1yYDuSf3C4#t=23s

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    1. Mark Adams

      I guess the more logical place for Nobody Like You (which was also at the beginning of Letterbomb) to come from is the children’s song: Nobody Likes Me, which has the same tune as Polly Wolly Doodle.

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  5. Mark Adams

    Que Sera by Justice Crew (2014) sounds to me like Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough by Patty Smyth and Don Henley (1992) and my mother thinks it sounds like Holiday by Green Day (2004) and I guess we’re both right, especially considering the piano part of Que Sera sounds like the verse of Holiday, 9675309/Jenny (1982), Radio Nowhere (2007) and The Stranger (1977), but that might just be a chord progression. It might also sound kind of like Please Don’t Say You Love Me by Gabrielle Aplin (2012). Que Sera was a No. 1 hit on the ARIA chart and sold quadruple platinum. The next part of the chorus of Holiday by Green Day sounds like Holiday by The Scorpions (1979).

    For another Green Day comparison, part of The Forgotten (2012) sounds like The Flame by Cheap Trick (recorded 1987, released 1988), part of which also sounds like If You Could Read My Mind, The Greatest Love of All, Break it Down Again, Runaway Train, She Will Be Loved, that Hillary Duff song and Love Story by Taylor Swift (2007) and The Forgotten also sounds like part of Eternal Flame by The Bangles (1988) and Brokenpromiseland by Bon Jovi (2009) as they all have a similar ‘church bell’ melody. What can I say, every post seems to have more to it than it appears.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvL3ibYD3aU#t=1m09s

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1_IOW8rjE4#t=48s

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrlEalV-dUM#t=54s

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    1. Mark Adams

      I think with the verse the instrumentals must just be a matter of the same chord progression, as All of Me by John Legend sounds similar in the piano part. I’d only count:
      The Stranger (1977)
      8675309/Jenny (1982)
      Holiday (2004)
      Radio Nowhere (2007)
      Say Yeah (2009)

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      1. Mark Adams

        Sorry, I forgot Hold On (2000). For another Green Day similarity, St. Jimmy (2004) sounds kind of like Lascia ch’io Pianga (Allow Me to Weep) from Rinalda HWV 7a by Handel (1685-1759), but louder and faster, as has been the usual trend. For another Handel similarity, Maroon 5’s new song It Was Always You sounds like part of the finale from the Water Music, another part of It Was Always You probably sounds like a lot of songs.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJJnhp2CYnk#t=23s

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