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« on: July 19, 2019, 09:04:05 AM »

Are there any songs that remind you of specific Beach Boys song? It could be a similar lyric, melody, arrangement, key change, etc.

I'm currently revisiting Neil Young's discography after many years and an old favorite of mine "Out on the Weekend" now reminds me of "We'll Run Away". You may be scratching your head as to why that is, but the instrumentation stops playing for the first bar of this section here https://youtu.be/TuXMQQtcQ_U?t=92, providing the same effect as the backing track of "We'll Run Away" fading in after about a bar and a half (?) here https://youtu.be/bs_B6CMOZKY?t=28. I think it's a really cool effect. No doubt used in many other songs, but it's the Beach Boys that spring right to mind!
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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2019, 09:13:11 AM »

Are there any songs that remind you of specific Beach Boys song? It could be a similar lyric, melody, arrangement, key change, etc.

Cool idea for a topic, B.E.. The one that immediately springs to my mind is Culture Club's "Karma Chameleon". The first three notes sound pretty well identical in tempo, pitch and timbre to the first three notes of "You're So Good To Me" but after that the two songs don't sound like each other at all! LOL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmcA9LIIXWw
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2019, 10:03:14 AM »

there's a song on the lennon "double fantasy" album... one part of it sounds like "don't worry baby" 's verse "but she looks in my eyes and makes me realise"     don't remember the title...
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2019, 10:21:49 AM »

Cool idea for a topic, B.E.. The one that immediately springs to my mind is Culture Club's "Karma Chameleon". The first three notes sound pretty well identical in tempo, pitch and timbre to the first three notes of "You're So Good To Me" but after that the two songs don't sound like each other at all! LOL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmcA9LIIXWw

Ah, I hear it!

there's a song on the lennon "double fantasy" album... one part of it sounds like "don't worry baby" 's verse "but she looks in my eyes and makes me realise"     don't remember the title...

Yeah, a lot of people seem to make this connection. It's "but when I see you darling, it's like we both are" in "(Just Like) Starting Over".
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2019, 11:03:44 AM »

The one that immediately springs to my mind is Culture Club's "Karma Chameleon".

Veering spectacularly off topic here, but while we're on the subject of "Karma Chameleon" I have this rather disconcerting habit of hearing religious things in songs that aren't there. For years (decades) I could have sworn that Boy George was singing "Every day is like the Bible" (instead of "survival"). The mind boggles. LOL

And in Wang Chung's "Dance Hall Days", I persistently heard "We were cool on Christ" until the world wide web put me right (apparently it's "craze"). H'mm.
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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2019, 06:25:02 PM »

Cool idea for a topic, B.E.. The one that immediately springs to my mind is Culture Club's "Karma Chameleon". The first three notes sound pretty well identical in tempo, pitch and timbre to the first three notes of "You're So Good To Me" but after that the two songs don't sound like each other at all! LOL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmcA9LIIXWw

Ah, I hear it!

there's a song on the lennon "double fantasy" album... one part of it sounds like "don't worry baby" 's verse "but she looks in my eyes and makes me realise"     don't remember the title...

Yeah, a lot of people seem to make this connection. It's "but when I see you darling, it's like we both are" in "(Just Like) Starting Over".

Funny, as much as I love Just Like Starting Over and Donít Worry Baby, I donít think Iíve ever heard it like that, not that I, denying it exists, Iíve just never heard the connection.
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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2019, 06:30:20 PM »

there's a song on the lennon "double fantasy" album... one part of it sounds like "don't worry baby" 's verse "but she looks in my eyes and makes me realise"     don't remember the title...

Yeah, a lot of people seem to make this connection. It's "but when I see you darling, it's like we both are" in "(Just Like) Starting Over".

Funny, as much as I love Just Like Starting Over and Don’t Worry Baby, I don’t think I’ve ever heard it like that, not that I, denying it exists, I’ve just never heard the connection.

I hadn't made the connection either. Not until fans started pointing it out. Even now, I can't say that I think of one while listening to the other, but this is exactly the kind of thing I'm interested in!
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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2019, 07:11:24 PM »

The one that immediately springs to my mind is Culture Club's "Karma Chameleon".

Veering spectacularly off topic here, but while we're on the subject of "Karma Chameleon" I have this rather disconcerting habit of hearing religious things in songs that aren't there. For years (decades) I could have sworn that Boy George was singing "Every day is like the Bible" (instead of "survival"). The mind boggles. LOL

And in Wang Chung's "Dance Hall Days", I persistently heard "We were cool on Christ" until the world wide web put me right (apparently it's "craze"). H'mm.
I thought it said "we were HOOKED on Christ"
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« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2019, 07:45:00 PM »

 Here is something in this category that I posted about awhile back. I still think it sounds so incredibly similar that there's no way there wasn't a direct influence.

Just listened to the song "Your Love is King" by Sade from 1984.

http://youtu.be/k1ljpLQ1V6Y


The intro sounds almost identical to Brian's "I'm So Lonely" from 1 year later.

http://youtu.be/emKjSkUpDrk

I wonder if Brian (or one of the ISL studio musicians) was a Sade fan. Too close to be a coincidence, don'tcha all think?

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« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2019, 08:12:03 PM »

The one that immediately springs to my mind is Culture Club's "Karma Chameleon".

Veering spectacularly off topic here, but while we're on the subject of "Karma Chameleon" I have this rather disconcerting habit of hearing religious things in songs that aren't there. For years (decades) I could have sworn that Boy George was singing "Every day is like the Bible" (instead of "survival"). The mind boggles. LOL

And in Wang Chung's "Dance Hall Days", I persistently heard "We were cool on Christ" until the world wide web put me right (apparently it's "craze"). H'mm.

I thought it said "we were HOOKED on Christ"

I always thought the chorus was ďdance all dayĒ not ďdancehall daysĒ despite the title of the song being a fairly big clue as to the lyrics.  Which, as an aside, are quite weird when you really look at them.  ďTake your baby by the hairĒ, ďtake your baby by the earsĒ?  What??
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« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2019, 08:50:10 PM »

Here is something in this category that I posted about awhile back. I still think it sounds so incredibly similar that there's no way there wasn't a direct influence.

Just listened to the song "Your Love is King" by Sade from 1984.

http://youtu.be/k1ljpLQ1V6Y


The intro sounds almost identical to Brian's "I'm So Lonely" from 1 year later.

http://youtu.be/emKjSkUpDrk

I wonder if Brian (or one of the ISL studio musicians) was a Sade fan. Too close to be a coincidence, don'tcha all think?

I hear what you mean. I think both songs are in the same time signature as well. 12/8?

Btw, according to Wikipedia, "Your Love Is King" wasn't released in the US until 1985. Though, that doesn't mean they hadn't heard it.
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« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2019, 02:00:39 AM »

And in Wang Chung's "Dance Hall Days", I persistently heard "We were cool on Christ" until the world wide web put me right (apparently it's "craze"). H'mm.
I thought it said "we were HOOKED on Christ"

 LOL  I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought the Big J was in there. I've also seen "cries" in online lyrics for "DHD", which makes no sense at all! Grin
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« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2019, 09:47:27 PM »

I think ELO's 'Across the Border' sounds a LOT like H&V.
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« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2019, 12:50:10 AM »

The WhatsApp message beep sounds like Sloop John B
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« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2019, 11:45:18 AM »

Stereolabís Caleidoscopic Gaze could easily fit on SMiLE.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RuXLpftMZQw
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« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2019, 01:48:53 PM »

I think ELO's 'Across the Border' sounds a LOT like H&V.

I had never heard that song before, but I looked it up and heard Heroes and Villians in the verse immediately.  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #16 on: July 26, 2019, 02:05:30 PM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJAfLE39ZZ8

Am I the only one who hears Good Vibrations just a bit?
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« Reply #17 on: July 26, 2019, 07:19:44 PM »

Thereís a song from Toy Story that Iíve never been able to find the name of that reminds me of the verses from H&V and maybe if there was a little Billy Joel mixed into it equals this Randy Newman song.
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« Reply #18 on: July 27, 2019, 10:13:33 AM »

Doves- Valley sounds like...oh, just click the link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmaUlL0ggKg
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« Reply #19 on: July 27, 2019, 10:26:40 AM »

Doves- Valley sounds like...oh, just click the link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmaUlL0ggKg

Wow. LOL
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« Reply #20 on: July 28, 2019, 04:20:53 PM »

It is not a song, but when you plug in an iPad to the mains to charge it and switch on the plug, it makes like a notification sound. That tonal beep sounds like the first note of Wouldnít It Be Nice.
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« Reply #21 on: July 29, 2019, 04:24:18 AM »

Thereís a song from Toy Story that Iíve never been able to find the name of that reminds me of the verses from H&V and maybe if there was a little Billy Joel mixed into it equals this Randy Newman song.

I'm going to guess that you are talking about Strange Things:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_F2Fl17RX8
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« Reply #22 on: August 12, 2019, 11:44:49 PM »

I think ELO's 'Across the Border' sounds a LOT like H&V.

I had never heard that song before, but I looked it up and heard Heroes and Villians in the verse immediately.  Thanks for sharing!

I've got a follow-up: ELO's "The Way Life's Meant to Be" also sounds like Heroes and Villains to me.
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« Reply #23 on: June 22, 2020, 10:01:12 AM »

Lyrically, Bob Dylan's "Heart of Mine" is reminiscent of Brian's "Don't Let Her Know She's An Angel". Check out these (prominent) lines:

Donít let her know
Donít let her know that you love her

Donít let her see
Donít let her see that you need her

Donít let her hear
Donít let her hear you want her

Donít let her know
Donít let her know where youíre going
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« Reply #24 on: June 22, 2020, 11:23:28 AM »

All I Wanna Do in MGMT's Flash Delirium.
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