Sowing The Seeds Of The Walrus

June 30, 2009 at 10:48 pm (Entertainment, General, Media, Music) (, , , , , )

Greetings, fellow music nerds. Allow me to humbly present part two of my side-by-side music comparisons. This time, one of my favorite ’80s bands alongside the most important band of the ’60s.

Tears For Fears released a song called Sowing The Seeds of Love in 1989, and I recently noticed just how much it sounded like The Beatles’ I Am The Walrus…

Now contrast that little melody with the tune by the Fab Four:

Quite a lot of commonality in the whole concept of Sowing the Seeds… the intro, the vocal style, the expression and tempo of the lyrics… For me, the similarities are fairly obvious, but what about you? Feel free to comment below. Take me to task, but be ready to defend your assertions!

Next time, more “dueling ditties” for your entertainment and edification. See you back here in a few days, kids! In the meantime, if you’re not already sick of listening to I Am The Walrus, check out this version, too. I’d never seen this, and I’m old enough to have seen it first time around – had I been paying attention:

I was wondering how they were going to handle the lyrics at 2:32 (you know the one – “been a naughty girl”).  Tell me what you see.

(I… bury… Paul…)

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Goodbye, Michael Jackson. We Hardly Knew You.

June 28, 2009 at 2:24 am (Entertainment, General, Media, Music) (, , , , , , , )

Believe it or not, I’ve been planning this blog entry since February, and wrote the rough draft almost 2 weeks ago. So you can imagine just how much it surprised me when the king of pop himself, Michael Jackson, died this week. Let’s get on with it then…

I was in the video store back in February, and saw a music video by Robin Thicke that caught my attention. But perhaps not for the reasons you might think… Here. Take a look at the video, then read on.

(You’ll have to go here for the original music video. The trolls at EMI / Polydor have disabled embedding, the bastards.)

Huh. I always wondered what they did with all the old props and models from the filming of 2001: A Space Odyssey. But what really got my attention was how much this Robin Thicke video borrows from the seminal Jackson Five video, Can You Feel It:

Yipes! Everything old is new again! I won’t bother to comment on Robin Thicke’s “blue-eyed soul” sound, which is also nothing really new. Not to mention the moves and the hat stolen from Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal. But I did want to contrast these two videos, and examine the similarities. Perhaps even generate a little discussion, eh?

In fact, this blog post is the first of several in this very vein, comparing two songs side by side, to spark a little examination of creativity, and how it borrows from that which has gone before.

(Oh, by the way… isn’t the rhythm track of Can You Feel It just plain slammin‘? Man, that is nothing but concentrated Motown funk of the early ’80s variety. And the symbolism in the imagery is worth reflecting upon. The elements of water and fire; the Jacksons as gigantic, godlike figures; the solar eclipse – to name a few.)

So. Come back in a couple of days for a new entry. I promise it will be worth it, especially if you are a music nerd.

And thanks for bearing with me while I was otherwise busy. I really do want to make this blog fun, interesting, and thought provoking.

I promise to write more often. Yeah, I’m sure you’ve heard that one before…

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