Archive for October, 2012

“Me and Bobby McGee” (Roger Miller, 1969) “To Daddy” (Dolly Parton, 1976) (suggested by Tina) Maybe that should really say “Dolly Parton vs. Kris Kristofferson,” since he wrote the song. But as I just learned, Roger “King of the Road” Miller was actually the first to record “Bobby McGee.” I had always figured Kristofferson himself […]


“Paper Tiger” (Beck, 2001) “Melody” (Serge Gainsbourg, 1971) (suggested by Josh) Josh writes: “More than half of the short running time of Serge’s ‘l’histoire de Melody Nelson’ is dedicated to this one groove, and I almost wish more of it was.¬†This one is so close, it’s surprising Beck gave no credit for interpolation, but alas, […]


“There She Goes” (The La’s, 1990) “America” (Bree Sharp, 1999) This is one of the few discoveries that really made me angry — because it’s such a shameless ripoff, because the original is such a great song, and I suppose partly because Lee Mavers (of the La’s) is the kind of Brian Wilson-esque troubled genius […]


“When Love Takes Over” (David Guetta ft. Kelly Rowland, 2009) “Clocks” (Coldplay, 2002) (suggested by Max) Not much to add about this one. I’ve got some other entries in the pipeline where Coldplay was the offender, but this time they seem to have been first.


“Carpetbaggers” (Jenny Lewis, 2008) “Love is a Rose” (Neil Young, 1974) When I first heard “Carpetbaggers” it sounded like exactly like “Love is a Rose” to me, and I clearly wasn’t the only one — see here for at least one person who beat me to it. (“Rose” was a hit for Linda Ronstadt, by […]


“New Path” (Gabriel & Dresden, 2006) “All Wound Up” (She Wants Revenge, 2009) (suggested by Max) As Max said in his email, “both are actually good” — I agree, but what’s interesting to me is how “All Wound Up” evokes both “New Path” and every Prince song at the same time. I’m convinced there’s also […]


“My Hometown” (Bruce Springsteen, 1984) “Standing Still” (Jewel, 2001) “My Hometown” was the closing track on Springsteen’s biggest album, Born in the USA.¬†“Standing Still” was the closing track on Jewel’s career. No, that’s a little harsh, but I think it was her last mainstream singer-songwriter type single. Since then she’s made dance, country, and children’s […]