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Have you listened to the song "Upside Down" by Jack Johnson? I'm now searching a similar song beginning "but it's over..."
Have you noticed any song similar to that?
Although I have four Jack Johnson albums in my collection, I'm actually not a fan. In fact, his music puts me to sleep, which might just be the point considering he put "Lullabies" in the title of his latest effort.
I see "Upside Down" is on that very album. I'm listening to it right now... The song you're thinking of is called "When It's Over" by Sugar Ray. There's a definite similarity.
I stumbled upon a discussion regarding the new Red Hot Chili Pepper song "Dani California". I don't know how I missed this, but the tune is identical to Tom Petty's "Mary Jane’s Last Dance".
Go ahead and play the two songs in your head. Or better yet, listen to this MP3. I'm sure the Peppers weren't ripping off Petty intentionally, but it's a definite copy. It's like Crazy Town's "Butterfly" vs. "Pretty Little Ditty" without the credit.
Call me crazy, but I hear more than a little "I'm Not In Love" by 10 CC in "The Grace". In fact, sometimes I'll be listening to "The Grace" and I'll subconsiously slip into "I'm Not In Love".
You've probably heard "Remedy" from South Africa's Seether on your local rock radio station. CFNY Edge 102 here in the Big Smoke plays it all the time.
It's not a bad tune, in fact I sort of dig it, but it sounds an awful lot like Kurt Cobain. Shaun Morgan almost comes across like he's mimicking Kurt and the style of the song is Nirvana-esque. In fact, Seether might be doing the best Nirvana impersonation since Puddle of Mudd.
As I said, it's a fine tune, but hearing it just makes me miss Nirvana.
Remember when I told you Gwen Stefani's "What U Waiting For?" was essentially a reworking of Weezer's "Hash Pipe"? You probably chuckled to yourself, shook your head and muttered "that Mike, always thinking songs sound alike".
My extensive analysis has been validated! I present to you, for your benefit, a mash-up of Gwen Stefani's "What U Waiting For?" and Weezer's "Hash Pipe". Boy was I right.
About a month ago I wrote about how Sum 41's latest single reminds of The Cranberries' "Zombie". Apparently people think Sum 41's "Pieces" also sounds an awful lot like "The Scientist" from Coldplay.
This MP3 is making the rounds with "The Scientist" by Coldplay in the left channel and "Pieces" by Sum41 in the right channel. Have a listen for yourself.
U2's "All Because Of You" and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Maps" have very little in common. One bores me to tears and the other is one of my favourite tracks from 2004. "Maps" has more soul in one 3 second sample than "All Because Of You" has throughout. Unfortunately, there is a brief moment at the very beginning where I'm unsure whether I'm in for a treat or whether I'll have to turn the station.
The first few seconds of "All Because Of You" are eerily similar to the opening seconds of "Maps". Every day I hear this U2 single on CFNY Edge 102 and every time I think it's going to be "Maps". I'm frequently disappointed these days.
The latest single from Sum 41 is "Pieces" and it's currently receiving plenty of airplay on your local new rock station. The next time you hear it, think about The Cranberries' "Zombie". The music is eerily similar.
Did you know The Cranberries released a greatest hits album a couple of years back entitled Stars: The Best of the Cranberries, 1992-2002? I learned that little nugget when I hit the web to figure out whatever happened to this Irish band. Zombie was is a very cool tune.
I totally dig the first two singles from The Marble Index' debut album. They have a great sound my ears love. I'm still surprised they're from Hamilton.
"Not So Bright" is their awesome second single and I've been listening to it quite a bit lately. Every time I hear it, I hear Suzanne Vega's "Luka". It's as clear as a bell each and every time it starts.
What the hell ever happened to Suzanne Vega anyway?
On Christmas Day I told my brothers "Scars" would do for Papa Roach what "The Reason" did for Hoobastank. "Scars" is a hook-laden pop-rock single that's destined to be a big hit. It's just starting to break on CFNY Edge 102 and I suspect it will eventually chart on Chum FM, Mix 99.9 and the rest of the MOR stations.
"Scars" isn't a bad song, in fact, I kind of like it, but it's so catchy and obviously generated for mass appeal I'm fairly certain I'll be sick of it by the New Year. I'm so personally undecided about this song, I've yet to submit it for SLS13 consideration.
Whenever I hear "Scars" on the radio or on the new Papa Roach album I have, I clearly hear Colin James' "Five Long Years" about two thirds of the way through it. Perhaps it's my CanCon upbringing, but I'm sure it's there. I'm so certain, I welcome you to download this MP3 of Colin James' "Five Long Years" to hear for yourself.
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