Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

One Direction vs. New Found Glory vs. Journey

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Left: Steve Perry of Journey, Right: Somebody from One Direction

This one was noted by Eleanor and H.D. Bruton. This isn’t the first time One Direction has appeared on this site either. I have compiled another post called 10 One Direction Songs that Sound Like Other Songs.

On first listen you will no doubt hear the strong similarity of Journey‘s 1983 classic “Faithfully”.  New Found Glory also has a similar intro. I’ll just line ‘em up for you and you can listen for yourself.

One Direction - "Steal My Girl" (2014)

Journey - "Faithfully" (1983)

New Found Glory - "It's Not Your Fault" (2006)

For more Journey see:

R.E.M. vs. Cheap Trick vs. Mega Man vs. Journey (This one is amazing!!!)

Kansas vs. Journey


Mika vs. Belinda Carlisle

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Travis brought this great one to my attention.

Mika vs. Belinda Carlise

Mika - "We are Golden" (2009)
Belinda Carlisle - "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" (1987)

Lindsey Buckingham vs. Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

Friday, October 10th, 2014

random photo of Lindsey Buckingham

Devin Graham (aka Devin Supertramp) makes lots of really cool videos on YouTube. He usually has his friends write original music for these epic three minute clips. He recently posted a video called “Robotic Dolphin and Flying Water Car”. Right away I recognized the music (written by a group calling themselves “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop”) as the theme to National Lampoon’s Vacation.  The original melody is from a song called “Holiday Road” (1983) by Lindsey Buckingham. I really do feel bad calling out the little guys, but hey, they’re selling the track on iTunes and I have no evidence that they have credited Buckingham, so here ya go.

Lindsey Buckingham - "Holiday Road" (1983)

Can't Stop Won't Stop - "You Already Know" (2014)

Here’s the original video if you’re interested:
Robotic Dolphin and Flying Water Car – In 4K! With Jetovator and Seabreacher



Bon Jovi vs. Bonnie Tyler vs. Ankie Bagger vs. Belinda Carlisle

Friday, September 26th, 2014

What do these 80s rockers have in common besides totally 80s hair?

(clockwise top L to R: Jon Bon Jovi, Ankie Bagger,Bonnie Tyler, Belinda Carlisle)

This post has been due for an update.

After posting the insane similarities between Bonnie Tyler’s “If You Were a Woman and I Was a Man” and Bon Jovi’s ”You Give Love a Bad Name” (both from 1986!) a few folks added some others to the mix. Check these out with Swedish singer  Ankie Bagger’s “ Where Were You Last Night” (1989) as well as Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth” (1987). Important to note is Bad Name and I Was a Man were actually both written by hit making machine Desmond Child.

Bon Jovi - "You Give Love a Bad Name (intro)" (1986)

Bonnie Tyler - "If You Were a Woman and I Was a Man (intro)" (1986)

Bon Jovi - "You Give Love a Bad Name (chorus)" (1986)

Bonnie Tyler - "If You Were a Woman and I Was a Man (chorus)" (1986)

Ankie Bagger - "Where Were You Last Night" (1989)

The Carlisle song is definitely not as similar but here it is anyway:

Belinda Carlisle - "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" (1987)

More Bon Jovi on the site:

Bon Jovi vs. The Rasmus vs. The Decemberists vs. Tokio Hotel
Bon Jovi vs. The Beatles
Bon Jovi vs. Boys Like Girls vs. The Who

Did Daft Punk Steal “Get Lucky”? (Daft Punk vs. Milks)

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

As much as I love the French electronic duo Daft Punk and their great funky single “Get Lucky” (May 2013) I have to call into question the strong similarities of a track called “Get Out” (Posted April 2011 on Soundcloud) by an unknown French trio by the name of Milks. This gem was just brought to my attention by Eleanor. I see there are a few videos on YouTube  pointing this out but I’m surprised this hasn’t become a bigger deal on the internet.   “Get Lucky” is also co-written by Pharrell Williams who has made a few appearances on this site (links below).

Listen for yourself!

Daft Punk - "Get Lucky" (2013)
Milks - "Get Out" (2011)

I think maybe the chorus melody works even better with this comparison:

Daft Punk - "Get Lucky" (2013)

Here are some links for Milks if you are interested:

Milks on SoundCloud

Milks on YouTube

For more Pharrell Williams on this site check out:

Diet Coke vs. Pharrell Williams

Ed Sheeran “Sing” (co-written by Pharrell) vs. Yacht vs. The Rolling Stones

UPDATE 9/22/2014:
Eleanor suggested the following and it’s pretty damn interesting. Check out this snippet of prodigal guitar player Zack Kim performing an original guitar track called “Robot Dance”. Even the name is somewhat coincidental. This is from a fan channel on YouTube so I can’t really verify much other than that it was uploaded on December 22, 2011. Full video is below.

Zack Kim - "Robot Dance" (2011)

I think this compares best with the”Get Lucky” pre-chorus:

Daft Punk - "Get Lucky" (2013)


Robin Thicke Lied About Writing “Blurred Lines”

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

In an unusual twist to an already unusual situation Robin Thicke apparently lied about writing “Blurred Lines” (2013) for which he was previously called out on for its similarity to Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up” (1977). And in turn sued the Gaye camp for those claims to protect himself. So did he even write the track? Well he certainly wanted credit for it. Here are some quotes I grabbed from this article on Mashable.

“I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio,” he said. “So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted — I — I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. So I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was and I — because I didn’t want him — I wanted some credit for this big hit. But the reality is, is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song.”

Here are the two tracks in full:

Marvin Gaye – “Got to Give it Up” (1977)

Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” (2013)

For the original post about this check out Robin Thicke Sues Marvin Gaye

For more Pharrell Williams on this site check out:

Diet Coke vs. Pharrell Williams

Ed Sheeran “Sing” (co-written by Pharrell) vs. Yacht vs. The Rolling Stones