Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Quotations: The Bowie/Rodgers, Jackson/Satie, Davis/Stravinsky Edition

It took me years of listening to catch the quote from "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered" in Bowie's "Future Legend" (starts at about :30):

But it only took me a few spins to hear Satie's Gymnopedie No. 1 embedded in the chorus of Janet Jackson's catchy "Someone To Call My Lover," starting at :52:

And here's a really weird one that took me a few head-scratching spins to get: In Sammy Davis Jr.'s version of "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone," the opening and closing vocalise seems to be lifted from, of all places, Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring":

1 comment:

  1. for the suggestion box: compare and contrast "Like a Rolling Stone" with "All the Young Dudes."

    Ian Hunter has always been a Dylanophile. But of course Bowie wrote "Dudes" and is responsible for the similarity in the verses: One ascends harmonically as evenly as the other descends... to similar effect.

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