Sunday, 10 January 2016

Wait....Haven't I Heard That Before? Part 1


A lot of songs sound familiar, but on many occasions it's because that song not only sounds like an old song, but it has taken parts of it and remixed them

These aren't classed as parodies or cover songs but there are enough of them to make a post about them (well, 3 to be exact)

Come have a listen as I look at some of these songs

Part 2
Part 3

Sunshine Superman
Legend of a Cowgirl

This is the song to kick off the list because I never knew of the original song

Sunshine Superman came on the radio one day and me and my mum both went "I Love This Song", but then there were different lyrics, I was like "What is this???"

Every Breath You Take
I'll Be Missing You

A great example of changing the entire meaning behind a song

Every Breath You Take is a song often included as somebodies wedding song, but is actually a song about stalking

Puff Daddy reworded the lyrics in tribute to Christopher Wallace aka The Notorious BIG aka Biggie Smalls who was murdered 

Lazy Jones - Stardust
Kernkraft 400

Only a few people had heard of the game Lazy Jones

One of them being the band Zombie Nation who took this unique sound and made it a hit song

Clean Prophet
Importance of Being Idle

The intro of the LA's sounds exactly like the intro to Oasis, with a few little notes added on

Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
Why Dont You Get A Job

In 1968, reggae was beginning to get really popular in Britain so Paul McCartney decided to record a song with those influences at the time

"Desmond has a barrow in the market-place", was a reference to the first internationally renowned Jamaican ska and reggae performer Desmond Dekker who had just had a successful tour of the UK. 

The tag line "ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah" was an expression used by Nigerian conga player Jimmy Scott-Emuakpor, an acquaintance of McCartney

Why Don't You Get a Job sounds extremely like it

Knockin' on Heavens Door

Rise was Gabrielle's second #1 single in the UK, her other being Dreams

Rise was notable as a rare authorised use of the Bob Dylan song. In fact he liked the song so much that he allowed her to use the sample for free

Air That I Breathe

Due to similarities to "The Air That I Breathe", a song recorded by the Hollies in 1973, Radiohead was successfully sued for plagiarism. Consequently, Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood are credited as co-writers of "Creep"

It uses a chord progression used in "The Air That I Breathe" in its verse and a melody in the bridge following the second chorus

Creep was Radiohead's first single and didnt do very well the first time of release, however upon re-release in 1993 it became a worldwide hit

Cola Bottle Baby
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Daft Punk are always using samples in their songs and this one is no exception, I'm just surprised that the entire sound is in the original song

Kanye West also released a song featuring Harder Better Faster Stronger as a sample but no one cares about him

It Ain't Over Til It's Over
Real Girl

Real Girl was written for Mutya Buena's solo album (she was originally in the Sugababes) and one of those writers was Lenny Kravitz himself

The song was also featured in the Sex In The City movie but *ahem* enough about that

Ae naujawan hai sab kuch
Yeh Mera Dil Yaar Ka Deewana
>I Wonder If I Take You Home
Don't Phunk With My Heart

"Written" by the Black Eyed Peas, they've just taken these two songs from Indian movies and taken the other songs lyrics and mashed them together

Apparently this is how you make music these days

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