Here are a couple of musical terms that you may already know:
- EARWORM: When a clip of a song keeps running through your head on a loop over and over and over again.
- MONDEGREEN: A misheard lyric. A great example is in “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix. He sings “‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky.” Some people heard that as “‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy.” Music is riddled with mondegreens.
I propose that we need a third term, a word that describes the feeling/opinion that overcomes us when we believe one song sounds almost exactly like another.
You know exactly what I’m talking about. You hear a brand new song for the first time and there’s that sense of deja vu as your brain tries to correlate its musical database with what you’re hearing. And when all the processing is complete, you may think (a) Hey! Someone has ripped off [artist x]! Or (b), “Uh-oh. Someone’s gonna get sued.”
But it’s actually not that simple. Welcome to the murky world of unfortunate sonic coincidences.
Songs here and/or referenced to in this program include:
The Beatles, Ob-bla-di Ob-bla-da
Offspring, Why Don’t You Get a Job
Dandy Warhols, Bohemian Like You
Rolling Stones, Brown Sugar
Delta Goodrem, Sitting on Top of the World
Arcade Fire, Rebellion (Lies)
Tom Petty, Mary Jane’s Last Dance
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dani California
Sam Smith, Stay With Me
Tom Petty, I Won’t Back Down
New Seekers, I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing
Joe Satrini, If I Could Fly
Coldplay, Viva la Vida
Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley
Iggy Pop, Lust for Life
Jet, Are You Gonna Be My Girl
Sum 41, Still Waiting
Nek, Al Menos Ahora
Foo Fighters, Something from Nothing
Ronnie James Dio, Holy Diver
Wire, Three Girl Rhumba
Nirvana, Come As You Are
Killing Joke, Eighties
Green Day, Brain Stew
Chicago, 25 or 6 to 4
Led Zeppelin, Babe I’m Gonna Leave You
Peter, Paul and Mary, Leaving on a Jet Plane
New Order, Run
Marvin Gaye, Got to Give It Up
Robin Thicke, Blurred Lines
Led Zeppelin, Stairway to Heaven
Eric Wilhite has collected all of the above in a single playlist so you can hear exactly what I’m droning on about.
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