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Old 02-05-2006, 06:51 PM   #1
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U2 songs that sound like other peoples songs

As somebody else recently pointed out in the fast cars thread, the fast cars verse is incredibly like Canary in a Coalmine by the Police. In fact, the first time I heard fast cars I started singing the Police lyrics.

But I started to realize that I couldn't think of this ever happening with another U2 song. Can you think of any other songs that sound a lot like another artist's work?

And of course I don't think similarities are intentional or plagaristic. With millions of songs in existence, its bound to happen.
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HMTMKMKM is very like some of T-Rex's songs.

In fact I think U2 deliberately intended it as (in part) a T-Rex homage.
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Old 02-05-2006, 08:39 PM   #3
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"Desire" has a Bo Diddley beat, so you could sing "Not Fade Away" or something over it if you wanted. And on that same album, "Love Rescue Me" is apparently an update of an old gospel tune.
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"Desire" has a Bo Diddley beat, so you could sing "Not Fade Away" or something over it if you wanted.
Well, that would explain why I think Bono's use of Not Fade Away as a snippet in Desire on Lovetown/ZooTV works really well. Desire to me isn't complete without the Not Fade Away and So You Wanna Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star snippets and Edge's shredding solo.
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I always listened to the intro of Where Did It All Go Wrong before the monkey noise and thought, "I've heard this type of beat and guitar before" and I think it reminds me of that old Proclaimers song, I'm Gonna Be. I don't know why but every time that song comes on my iPod or whatever, I just start singing the 500 miles part.
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well....I guess this could be one song soundling like a U2 song.....but sometimes when Love is Blindness comes on the random on my iTunes...I start singing the I love Technology song kip sings in Napoleon Dynamite, and then Bono starts singnig and i feel real dumb.
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I always listened to the intro of Where Did It All Go Wrong before the monkey noise and thought,
I'll have to dig my old copy of this out, I don't remember monkey noises.
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sounds like water down a drain or something to me
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Well the version of WDIAGW that I have sounds like a weird monkey noise in the first 5 seconds.

it sounds like oooo-woo-aaaa-a-a-a-a-a!
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WGRYWH always sounded like a really mainstream pop song to me
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I always thought "Zooropa" sounded like R.E.M. after the two first minutes
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I think I posted this a while back, but you can virtually sing Seconds over Stiff Little Fingers' Johnny Was. U2 have completely stolen the riff.
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The vertigo riff was stolen from sonic youths dirty boots (i think thats what it and they are called)
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The vertigo riff was stolen from sonic youths dirty boots (i think thats what it and they are called)
Yeah, it's 'Dirty Boots'. I knew I wasn't crazy in also thinking that. Let's just say it's no coincidence The Edge named them as one of the bands he was listening to when recording HTDAAB.
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Old 02-06-2006, 07:35 AM   #15
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Intro from Cerebra by hundred reasons sounds uncanny, really uncanny from I will follow. When I first heard the intro from Cerebra on my i pod i questionned myself over if i had a live version of i will follow...
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It is obvious that Thin Lizzy's version of Whiskey In The Jar and U2's Bass Trap are perfectly identical except for the fact Bono sings in Swahili.
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the first 25 seconds of the alternate version of sometimes is copied ditto from a spice girls tune that was on the charts a few years ago.

i hope somebody knows which spice girl tune I'm referring to, because if I get questioned on this then I'll have to look it up - which would be horrifying.

but not so horrifying as realizing U2 ripped off (intentionally/unintentionally who knows?) the Spice Girls. I prefer the alternate version of sometimes, but the first 25 seconds I mostly try to skip.
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'Elevation' bares an uncanny resemblance to the Breeders' 'Canonball' right down to the 'chunk-chunk' bridge, while the guitars in 'Walk On' are incredibly similar to the Pixies' Here Comes Your Man'.

Chunk-chunk.
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i hope somebody knows which spice girl tune I'm referring to, because if I get questioned on this then I'll have to look it up - which would be horrifying.
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dammit. after a fruitless hour pouring through the net for that silly spice girl/U2 similarity, I've come up with squat. It's out there somewhere, I tell you.

In running a "U2 spice girls" query at google, I did find the most curious article however, check it out:

http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/Pf...7,1685,00.html
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