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Green Day songs that sound like other songs


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Well the band Joint Aktion is a Green Day inspired band. So a lot of their songs sound like early GD like Dookie era.



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I've seen Sum 41 perform a few times and the way that the lead singer moves, plays guitar, stands when he plays, and even twitches his head is a direct emulation of Billie Joe.

 

Not to say I don't do the same thing when I play live....just sayin....



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One that I just noticed, I can't believe I've never clocked it before. I don't think I've ever come across any mention of it, either.

"I just wanna see the light."
"I just died in your arms tonight."

Same melody, same rhythm, they even fucking rhyme with each other.



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:lol: That's brilliant!
 
But... wrong thread?

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:lol: That's brilliant!
 
But... wrong thread?


Shit I thought I clicked on the dreams thread, sorry. :lol:
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Firstly, my apologies if there already is a thread on this subject.  If so, please direct me to it and/or incorporate this post into it.

 

The dudes in Green Day obviously are familiar with much of the rock and pop canons since they're, like, mega old and have been playing music for a while.  As occurs, Green Day occasionally lifts riffs, licks, or melodies from other songs and appropriates them for their own use.  Let's talk about those instances.

 

Here are a few that initially come to mind:

 

1. A lot of the melody and chord structure of "Fell for You" comes from "Postcards from Paradise" by Flesh for Lulu.  This isn't super surprising as Paul Westerberg, one of Billie Joe's favorites, covered the song on his 2002 album Stereo.

 

"Postcards from Paradise" by Flesh for Lulu: http://youtu.be/5J3ZjxIQgFE

 

2. The verse melody from "Waiting" comes from the chorus of "Downtown" by Petula Clark.

 

Check out Ms. Clark's song here: http://youtu.be/WUSYb3igXzI

 

3. The main riff of "Walking Contradiction" and bridge of "Haushinka" come from "Do It Again" by The Kinks.

 

The Kinks doing their thing: http://youtu.be/XfGwjHg9gyU

 

4. This might be the best known one.  The riff from "Brain Stew" comes directly from "25 or 6 to 4" by Chicago.

 

Chicago playing the riff first: http://youtu.be/iUAYeN3Rp2E

 

This thread isn't meant in bad spirits.  All musicians play off their influences.  It's interesting to talk about.  Let's not pretend that Green Day pulled all of their hooks out of thin air.  Like all of us, they are the product of a specific time and place in popular music.


Edited by _Greg, 15 March 2014 - 04:04 PM.

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The first verse of City Of The Damned sounds like On With The Show by Motley Crue.

The chorus of 21 Guns is really similar to the chorus of All The Young Dudes by Mott the Hoople.

The piano intro from Isolation by John Lennon is almost the same as the one from Last Night On Earth.

And the last one is more personal, I've always thought One For The Razorbacks slightly sounds like We're Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister :)


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The very beginning of Tales of Another Broken Home from Jesus of Suburbia has a lot in common with Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire.


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If so, please direct me to it and/or incorporate this post into it.

Merged :)

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Speaking of Jesus Of Suburbia, obviously the chorus of City Of The Damned is basically Summer of 69. Is any part of that song truly original? :P


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Offspring's song "Nothingtown" sounds like a Green Day song. So that's kind of the opposite this thread is about but I figured I'd throw it out there.



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Speaking of Jesus Of Suburbia, obviously the chorus of City Of The Damned is basically Summer of 69. Is any part of that song truly original? :P

Hah, 'American Jesus' FTW. :P

 

I pointed this out in another thread, but Sassafras Roots kinda sounds like Pinhead Gunpowder's Life During Wartime, and Android to me kinda vaguely is a bit (running out of weasel words) like PG's 27.



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Wake Me Up When September Ends ? Haha  :D



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This Clash song reminds me of Nuclear Family

 



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Paper Lanterns sounds like That's What I Like About You by The Romantics

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Fuck Time sounds a lot like Foxboro Hot Tubs' "It's Fuck Time"


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Chorus sounds like 21 Guns' solo :P



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Speaking of Jesus Of Suburbia, obviously the chorus of City Of The Damned is basically Summer of 69. Is any part of that song truly original? :P

And a part of it draws influence from Children of The Grave by Black Sabbath..


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Some of Brutal Love sounds a lot like Sam Cooke's Bring It On Home to Me. 



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Just this :P

 

http://youtu.be/nAzM2D2YxdY?t=1m21s Toreador song, from the opera "Carmen" written by Bizet (around minute 1:20)

 

aaaand

 

this song we all love (or not...)

 

 

 



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And a part of it draws influence from Children of The Grave by Black Sabbath..

I'm incredibly happy you caught that. I heard it, ran to this thread, and was glad to see someone heard it as well.



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Some trilogy stuff:

 

I hate that 'Stray Heart' reminds me of Jet... :-(

 

Some people have said 'Kill the DJ' reminds them of 'Take Me Out' by Franz Ferdinand - I can kinda see the songs being second cousins I guess.

 

The bridge/solo melody of 'Carpe Diem' makes me think of 'Ruby Soho' by Rancid



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Some of Brutal Love sounds a lot like Sam Cooke's Bring It On Home to Me. 

I'm aware this was ages ago but I'm replying anyway :P Sam Cooke actually has a writing credit for Brutal Love, they intentionally "borrowed" it.



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Some trilogy stuff:

 

I hate that 'Stray Heart' reminds me of Jet... :-(

 

Some people have said 'Kill the DJ' reminds them of 'Take Me Out' by Franz Ferdinand - I can kinda see the songs being second cousins I guess.

 

"Take Me Out" is a rip off of this:




and Stray Heart sounds more like this:





Also the guitar intro of Jackass is from the Kink's song "A Well Respected Man".


 



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Does anyone else remember a UK band called (I think) Secret Garden? They tried to sue GD for 'Warning' sounding like one of their tunes?

 

Did anything ever come of that? I was reported by the likes of Kerrang etc at the time.



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You can hear some similarities between Wild One and Cheap Trick's "Lovin' Money".





Brutal Love has the melody of Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home To Me" but it also sounds like these songs:

Queen - Rock It (Prime Jive)

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The Wildhearts - Sky Chaser High
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U2 - Love Rescue Me
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R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts
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I'm aware this was ages ago but I'm replying anyway :P Sam Cooke actually has a writing credit for Brutal Love, they intentionally "borrowed" it.

That's what I get for not opening the booklet...



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Brutal Love has the melody of Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home To Me" but it also sounds like these songs:

Queen - Rock It (Prime Jive)
The Wildhearts - Sky Chaser High
U2 - Love Rescue Me
R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts

The only similarities there are that they all use arpeggiated chords. You could name a million similar songs if that's the criteria.

 

That's what I get for not opening the booklet...

That means going near the album, and no one wants to do that.




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