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June 2nd, 2005


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09:00 pm - No one creates in a vacuum.
Every time somebody adds a computer to our network, mine pops up a "Router reports socket fill" message. When this happens, I turn on my PDA and access the internet that way. When two computers are plugged in, my PDA no longer works. If Lance and Nate both have their laptops on the network, xoshua and I both lose our connections. I've just given up on bugging them about it because nobody believes me. It goes against everything anyone has ever told anybody about networking. I could prove it to them, but it's an awful lot of work to make the trip all the way upstairs, apparently.

I bring all of this up because I had a brilliant entry last night which I was unable to post thanks to Lance being over. I could have held on to it, but this morning after my shower I decided for no reason to dump it. Your loss.

Unfortunately, nothing of note happened to me today. Tonight's entry really doesn't concern to events of my day, except to mention that on the way home from work this evening, I was struck by just how much the beginning of Brain Stew by Green Day sounds like the beginning of Unknown Tongue by Blue Öyster Cult. Am I right about this? I suppose you don't know, since you probably have better musical taste than I do. Trust me though, they're practically the same, and they serve the same musical purpose.

Anyway, I was thinking about this, and how so much music (and art in general really, but it's easier and quicker to point it out in music than in, say, film or literature) is so similar to so much other music. Sometimes it's flat-out derivative (as in Hook by Blues Traveller, which is based on Pachelbel's Cannon in D), other times an uncanny similarity is probably an accident (like Bob Marley's No Woman No Cry vs. Martin Page's In The House of Stone and Light).

I went through my CDs, and made short MP3s of some of the similarities I discovered. Some are probably coincidences, others are definitely deliberate:

Brain Stew
by Green Day
vs.
Unknown Tongue
by Blue Öyster Cult
Feather Pluck'n
by The Presidents of the USA
vs.
I've Got a Feeling
by The Beatles
She Drives Me Crazy
by The Fine Young Canibals
vs.
Gamera is Missing
by Buck Dharma
At Doom's Gate
by Bobby Prince
(from the game DooM)
vs.
Nitro
by Dick Dale
Smells Like Teen Spirit
by Nirvana
vs.
New Orleans
by They Might Be Giants
vs.
Any Downers?
by Frank Zappa
Anybody have any other examples they'd like to share?
Current Mood: boredbored
Current Music: Twilight Zone -- TZPack '92 (Buttman, pt. 2)

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From:evil_jim
Date:June 6th, 2005 07:04 am (UTC)
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I really like how you did this. I noticed similarities in all of the songs but it's obvious some were coincidental. I'd like to do something like this myself had I only the web space. Thanks for going to all the trouble.
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From:sacredspud
Date:June 7th, 2005 03:23 am (UTC)
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Glad you got something out of it. Whether or not you ever find time to do it, I'd love to see other people do this. My taste in music is both limited and somewhat obscure, and I'm interested to see some of the other musical similarities out there.

Incidentally, I could easily devote an entire post to Zappa referencing other people's work, but most of my friends wouldn't even care. Besides, half the time he name-checks whatever he's referencing in the lyrics or liner-notes.
No one creates in a vacuum. - Garmonbozia for the soul.

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