The Ripoff Jukebox

Friday, May 22, 2009

Midnight Train to Elizabethtown

Journey, "Don't Stop Believin' "
Pinback, "Loro"

It's hard to say I'm a fan of the show Glee, partly because there's only one episode but mostly because, frankly, it's just hard to say that publicly. But I watched the show, and put a big L on my forehead, because I loved it.

What I haven't loved is the fact that their version of "Don't Stop Believin' " is cycling endlessly through my head. It's not that I hate the song or the version, it's just that I don't know the lyrics well at all, so the same parts keep repeating over and over. Apparently, that exact scenario occurred in the minds of the Pinback folks when they composed "Loro," which is featured on the second volume of the Elizabethtown soundtrack. 

I've heard that song many times, but it wasn't until it played over the constant mental loop of Glee that I recognized the similarity (maybe it was because that version shares the same lyrics: da, da, da-da-da, dum, dum, dum). It doesn't sound as if they intentionally used Journey as their inspiration, but those two melodies have definitely met before in someone else's mind, and I doubt the latter song would have existed without the former. Sometimes a song plants a seed in our heads that simply can't be killed, and it's bound to bear fruit in some other creation.

Even if it is just the same part of the song repeated for three or four minutes.

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