Friday, 19 June 2009

Temporary Obsessions

Do you ever hear one song, and something about it strikes you right away, as being very similar to another one?. Happens to me a whole lot, and I find myself trawling through bloody iTunes, trying to place what it is, perhaps discovering that the supposed marked similarity, is actually just a few notes, a closely related motif, and not the least representative of the tune as a whole.

Naturally I've an example - this morning's temporary obsession, as it were - before which, Ralph Stanley's 'O Death' (you know, it was in 'O Brother, Where art Thou?', led to 'Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above' by Cansei de Sexy, which is pretty err dancey, and so that segued into Don't Dance by The Monolators, which immediately had me thinking "Oh, they're so like the Passions, in fact, that melody/chords could have been lifted right from...".

Even with only a dozen or so Passions songs to sift through, I took a pleasurable while, and several "hmm, musta been wrong"s to pin down the mental comparison I'd been so sure of - see if you hear it - and maybe enjoy the ride too.

O Death - Ralph Stanley
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above - Cansei de Ser Sexy
(Spank Rock Remix - 2006)
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Don't Dance - The Monolators
Don't Dance (2008)
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Absentee - The Passions
Michael and Miranda (1980)

Bonus track - Ha! CSS mentioned 'em, see?

Blood On Our Hands - Death From Above 1979 (Justice remix)
You're A Woman, I'm A Machine (2005)
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