These songs are really almost the same song

vs.

Bruce Springsteen – “Streets of PhiladelphiaMusic from “Philadelphia” [1994]

Primitive Radio Gods – “Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My HandRocket [1996]

Let’s just be clear: lay down a keyboard track, throw some crappy electronic beats over that ish and put some mumbly vocals in the background and I will love that song forever.

It should also be noted: not only did Chris O’Connor of PRG rely heavily on B.B. King’s “How Blue Can You Get” (Live at the Regal [1964]), but the title is baldly stolen from Bruce Cockburn’s “Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand” (Further Adventures Of [1978]).  Still, I just love this song.  Maybe we’ll have some meta posts later about creativity and originality (or the lack thereof) in modern popular music.

Bruce Springsteen tried beats and it wasn’t too bad

Primitive Radio Gods “wrote” this song

Posted by Phil

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6 Comments

Filed under 1990s, Pop, Rock

6 responses to “These songs are really almost the same song

  1. db

    Love that song too, creativity and originality be damned. And they were a one-hit wonder, so I guess karma got a shot in.

  2. Jeff Wheeler

    receive me brother with your faithless kiss
    or will we leave each other alone like this

    really good song. usually brings the tears.

  3. This is that dang song! I hear it in bars all the time, and I’m like, “Moby? Is this Moby? Beck? What is this?” And typically the next song cued up is live Dave Matthews Band. Eww.

  4. When people with horrible musical taste are allowed near a jukebox, that is your cue to find the longest (good) song possible and play it at least once. the internet-connected jukeboxes that just download songs are the best, since you can find almost everything. “Close To The Edge” is one of my favorites, but “Thick As A Brick” is also a fine choice on occasion.

  5. Phil

    I usually choose Television’s “Marquee Moon” and then “Make Like Paper” by the Red House Painters. That’s a good 25 minutes right there.

  6. Gavin

    two songs i paid for as singles. would do it again too.

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