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September 22, 2008

That sounds just like ...

led zeppelinYou ever hear a song on the radio and swear up and down it's one of your favorite bands -- until the DJ comes on and says it's somebody else?

There are more than a few bands with big hits that sound exactly like another band. I mean, almost identical.

A couple songs like this immediately come to mind. The first one that always confuses me is "Lonely is the Night" by Billy Squire. This tune -- from the high pitched vocals to the fuzzy guitar riffs and booming drums -- has Led Zeppelin (pictured) written all over it.

I'm a big fan of the Zep. The first time I heard "Lonely is the Night," I was stunned. Was this a Zeppelin song I'd never heard before? Where did it come from? I own all their albums. But did I miss something?

Nope. It was Billy Squire, who I'd never heard of at the time.

But wait, there's more ... 

The second one like this that always drives me nuts is "Baby Come Back" by Player. For a solid year, every time I heard this song I swore it was Hall and Oates*.
 
The sad thing is, this is one of Player's biggest hits. I think it might have been their biggest hit. And I'll bet thousands of people still think it's Hall and Oates.**
 
I'm sure I'm not alone in this.
 
Do you guys have songs that you swear up and down are by one of your favorite bands but actually turn out to be somebody else?
 
*By the way, this Hall and Oates video is on my Top 10 Most Awesomely Bad Music Videos of All Time. It's hard to pick a favorite part, but I'd have to say the best comes near the end when Oates tries to play the guitar but his coat sleeves are too long. It's symbolic for something. I'm just not sure what.
 
**I wonder if fans or interviewers have ever confronted either Player or Billy Squire about this phenomenon. That kind of question has the potential to make things really awkward really fast, though.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:01 PM | | Comments (10)
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That H & O video has to be one of the cheesiest ever made. It is embarrassingly bad!
This is a good question to ponder...

I embarassed my hubby by saying that the Beatles sang Satisfaction. But he sings just like them!!

Awesomely Bad Music Videos???

Can I nominate "Mystery" by Dio?

Best/Worst video ever:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXCofh5hU0Q&feature=related

(Make sure you watch the whole thing.)

DIO!?! Holy Diver. Nough said.

Hall & Oates - She's Gone, give them a break, it was 1976 before MTV came on and upped the ante.

Sue Hopper, How about The Rolling Stones sing a Beatle song?
Their second single, I Wanna Be your Man: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5X8cpKsGUw&feature=related
The Beatles vs. Rolling Stones (first 40 seconds) - I Wanna Be your Man 1963: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLivVEg_D-o

This not an official video, but I find this amusing.
Kraftwerk - The Robots (using footage from "Lost in Space"): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11ca4AF9qog

GDA, you're making my mind hurt! Those videos were confusing!!! They looked the same??

Sue Hopper,

The first is just the Rolling Stones performace.
The second is 40 seconds of The Rolling Stones performance, then The Beatles (looks like a lip sync) performance with Ringo sing lead.

badfinger (i think it was on their "straight up" album) had a song not real sure of the title ("no matter where you are" or " no matter where you go" ) or something like that, i remember when it came out i thought that the beatles had come out with a new song and slipped it in on us!

The Badfinger song is titled "No Matter What". It appears originally on the album "No Dice" and was produced by late Beatle Roadie/companion Mal Evans.
The album was issued on The Beatle's Apple Records.

Their first single as Badfinger, previously The Iveys, was written and produced by Paul McCartney and part of their album "Straight Up" was produced George Harrison.

Little wonder that they were then regarded as the New Beatles.
If they was ever a band that was truly and completely f**ked over by the managers, it was them.

NO MATTER WHAT (lead vocal by the late Pete Ham): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsVPThOPlX4

Without You (lead vocal by Pete Ham with the late Tom Evan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyBS_1vGwpU&feature=related
(Harry Nilsson was the first to have a hit with this)

nice, thanks GDA!

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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