This morning we’ve got a heavy dose of light subject matter! It’s another episode of our sub-series Songs That Sound Like Other Songs!
Today, I’m looking at Britney Spears’ 2011 single “Hold It Against Me,” Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida,” and Joe Satriani’s “If I Could Fly” just to name a few!
In this episode of “Songs That Sound Like Other Songs” Chris compares Ke$ha’s “Die Young,” Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven,” and Maroon 5’s “One More Night” to their audio doppelgängers.
For the Ke$ha / One Direction Mashups check out…
For the Maroon 5 / Ace of Bass mashup check out mlyman001:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N09O71f7c1I
Music during title sequence is “Bet You Can” by Kevin Macleod, used under a Creative Commons license, and is available at Incompetech.com.
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Have you ever noticed how much Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake” sounds like Lenny Kravitz’s “Fly Away?”
“Wide Awake” was recorded at 162 BPM, is 3:45 long, and has a chord progression of EmGAD.
“Fly Away” was recorded at 160 BPM, is 3:42 long, and has a chord progression of ACGD.
Without doing any cutting or transposing, only a very slight tempo change, both songs harmonize with each other. The staccato rhythms of the verse lyrics are also quite similar. More remarkably, they change from verse to chorus to bridge at almost all of the same moments, and both begin and end at the same time.
In other words, they’re very nearly the same song.
This video is best heard with headphones on.
I’ll never forget buying my first Green Day album, Dookie in 1994. At the time, I felt like this music really spoke for me. This was the music of my generation. Also, I was 10 years old and my parents only gave me the money to buy the tape so I’d give the Cool Runnings soundtrack a rest.
More vintage than vintage: Super Mario Bros. has been remade for the Atari 2600 because fuck you that’s why. [theverge]
Best music comic ever: Seriously. [brad ofarrell reblogs lolcats]
Changing Tides: /r/mildlyinteresting is a great alternative to the hyperbolic “best of” and “restore your faith in humanity” headlines that you’re undoubtedly tired of. [slacktory]
Mott Romnoy? Mitt Romney with a very tiny face is a mildy interetsting Tumblr. [motherjones]
Up top: Redditors have manipulated Paul Ryan’s face a bajillion different ways. [matt morain]
You’re trying to impress your date. You’ve got the lighting dimmed, your smooth jams playlist going, everything is looking good when suddenly your elbow bumps the remote and you’ve switched to a random shuffle of your library. And then it happens. The song guaranteed to ruin the mood begins. This is the beginning of the end.
Every one of the following songs is guaranteed to put an end to a good time, every time.
She’s got her Spotify stream connected to her wall, which provides pretty constant updates on what she’s listening to. You want her to know that you like listening to music, too (currency of our generation, etc etc). But only the uber-cool, underground, above ground, turned mainstream, made a left turn onto obscurestream and once in a while throwbacks your audiophile friends talk about when they’re high and standing out on the street after a cool concert they didn’t invite you to. But you’re not high…and you’re on Facebook. And this is the girl you like. So you like all her music posts and concert photos and maybe nothing else, remaining aloof and yet seemingly musically inclined. You are: a Pitchdork
Read the rest: How to Treat a Lady: Like Her Likes
Usually when I make one of these “X sounds just like Y” videos I pick on pop music I hear on the radio. This time I decided to turn my ears to Of Monsters and Men’s “Dirty Paws” and its similarity to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ “Home.”
Most of the time, I like bad pop music. Usually, the more a song sounds like another old hit, the more I appreciate it for being an example of a band doing what works. I really don’t care so much about pop music that’s derivative of other pop music, because at one point or another all of it is.
But I really don’t like this band Train. Like, at all. It’s not that I think what they’ve done to The Wallflowers’ “One Headlight” is a travesty. No. I just dislike Train for a half dozen other reasons that I lay out in this video.