Identically Sound

One of my favourite comedians Mark Watson recently wrote on his Twitter page how he thought Kings Of Leon’s Sex On Fire sounded like the Stereophonics’ hit Dakota. It sort of got me thinking about which songs I thought were similar to others.

And so, after much searching and listening through the wonder that is Spotify, I noted the following:

Lily Allen’s Not Fair sounds a fair bit like Doves’ Kingdom Of Rust.

Take That’s Greatest Day could easily be mistaken for a Snow Patrol song. Chasing Cars springs to mind.

Green Day’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams is the musical twin of Travis’ Writing To Reach You.

Keane’s Better Than This has echoes of David Bowie’s Ashes To Ashes.

The Hoosiers’ Cops And Robbers reminds me of The Cure’s Love Cats.

And Scouting For Girls’ She’s So Lovely sounds like, er, every other Scouting For Girls song.

I am fully aware that at least one other person has made the same observations of one or two of the pairs of songs I’ve mentioned here. However, listening to them one after the other has made me even more convinced of the similarities between them. And in no way am I saying that the fact that these songs are identical to others constitutes a bad thing. In fact, I happen to like most of the songs I’ve mentioned here.

EDIT : If you can think of any other songs that sound identical to other songs, then please feel free to leave a comment. Or tell me how much you agree with me on the ones I’ve mentioned. Or how much you  disagree with me and think that I should have my ears syringed. I can take it.

Not normal, but Xtranormal.

I have recently got into a website called Xtranormal, after seeing it being raved about in an internet magazine.  Xtranormal is a site which lets you create your own little films and share them with your friends and indeed the world at large – and you don’t have to be Steven Spielberg to use it. Simply choose your characters, your set, your music and your camera angles and then write your own script.  It’s very addictive –  and a damn sight more fun than Twitter.

EDIT: Since I posted this blog I have joined the ever-growing phenomenon that is Twitter. I still maintain that xtranormal is more fun,  although Twitter is pretty amusing too.

The ones I’ve made so far are not exactly BAFTA contenders, but they have been a fun way to waste a bit of time.  Below is one of my own efforts, starring one of xtranormal’s more popular characters, the Ninja (WARNING: it is a bit crap).

And here is a far superior film with the ninja by someone else:

If you fancy having a go yourself, go to