Songs you thought were by a different artist upon first hearing

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Rocker, Jul 21, 2007.

  1. bob_32_116

    bob_32_116 Forum Resident

    Perth Australia
    I bet there were a lot of bands mistaken for the Beatles in the period from about 1963 to 1965.

    I think that was the idea, actually.
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  2. Morton LaBongo

    Morton LaBongo Forum Resident

    Manchester NH
    I also thought Turn Down Day by The Cyrkle was The Zombies. Makes sense now that it isn't, but I was like 12 at the time.
  3. Brian Doherty

    Brian Doherty Forum Resident

    Los Angeles CA
    I know it's hard to mentally recreate things that hit other people, but I never could actually imagine anyone really thinking Knopfler's voice was Bob Dylan. And only in retrospect post - SLOW TRAIN did it sound musically anything like anything I could imagine Dylan doing.

    I did not have this reaction but had to explain to three different people that the recent War on Drugs "Touch of Grey" cover that apparently got some radio play nationally was not Dylan.
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  4. cosmicdancer

    cosmicdancer Doin' it to you in 3D! So Groovy that I dig me.

    I once heard a cover of the Hollies' "The Air That I Breathe" that I loved and would have sworn it was Roy Orbison. I thought it might have been a Mystery Girl outtake or something. I looked through every Orbison album I could find and never saw that song. Several years later, I discovered that it was Raul Malo singing the song on a Mavericks album. His and Roy's voices can be so similar. Great cover!
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  5. kinkling

    kinkling Forum Resident

    "Rescue Me" by Fontella Bass. You can fool almost anybody with that one.
  6. Mike Reynolds

    Mike Reynolds Forum Resident

    There have been some interesting replies so far. I didn't hear the resemblance to some of them back then, but I do see the similarities and, hence, the confusion.

    As for myself? When I first heard "Magic Man", I first thought it was Jefferson Starship. And not just for the Grace Slick-like vocals, but also the Craig Chaquico-like guitar work.

  7. Mike Reynolds

    Mike Reynolds Forum Resident

    And when I first heard "Breakdown" by Alan Parsons, I first thought it was Fleetwood Mac.

    Close your eyes and listen:

    I remember someone at work thought Queensryche's "Silent Lucidity" was by Roger Waters. The vocals do sound similar, but, umm... nope!
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  8. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    i was young, but when i first heard don't stop by fleetwood mac, i thought it was status quo
  9. winders

    winders Music Lover

    San Martin, CA
    What the....? How? Why?
  10. Lonecat

    Lonecat Forum Resident

    I thought The Stroke by Billy Squier was Queen at first. It sounded like something off the Game, no surprise since both were produced by Mack.
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  11. DJ LX

    DJ LX Forum Resident

    Madison WI
    When I initially heard "A Long December," I thought it was a new song by Wilco - It sounded like it could have been on Being There, Wilco's then current album -- turn's out it was the Counting Crows, a band I previously didn't rate.

  12. guppy270

    guppy270 Forum Resident

    Levittown, NY
    I thought "Do You Know What I Mean" by Lee Michaels, was by the J. Geils Band
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  13. Mike Reynolds

    Mike Reynolds Forum Resident

    Ok, be honest... who first thought Creed's "My Own Prison" was by Pearl Jam? Everybody, right? Oh, c'mon. You did, too! lol

  14. vince

    vince Stan Ricker's son-in-law

    I thought this was The Art Of Noise, when I first hear it!
  15. majorlance

    majorlance Open-minded skeptic

    Collingswood, NJ
    Mrs. Majorlance has always described Coldplay as "U2 without b@lls."
    Gotta love that gal. :love:
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  16. Chew

    Chew Casual Stalker

    In the mid 70's, I thought "Suffragette City" was an Alice Cooper song.
  17. majorlance

    majorlance Open-minded skeptic

    Collingswood, NJ
  18. Keith V

    Keith V Forum Resident

    Jersey City, NJ
    I thought Emotional Rescue was The Bee Gees. I was 10.
  19. majorlance

    majorlance Open-minded skeptic

    Collingswood, NJ
    "Suspicion" by Terry Stafford.
    Reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964.
    Many people thought this was Elvis, who in fact had released his version two years earlier.

  20. audiofool

    audiofool Forum Resident

    London Ont
    The first time I heard this I thought it was Stevie Wonder:
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  21. benjis

    benjis Well-Known Member

    Strange one, but when I first heard Road To Nowhere by The Talking Heads, I thought it was Ringo Starr.
  22. DaveinMA

    DaveinMA Forum Resident

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  23. irong

    irong Forum Resident

    Quebec, Canada
    The first time I heard Superman by Five For Fighting on the radio, I thought it was Dave Matthews Band.
  24. Scott S.

    Scott S. Indie Music Curator

    Walmartville PA
    I was going to say Horse With No Neil.
  25. Price.pittsburgh

    Price.pittsburgh Forum Resident

    Don't Pull Your Love Out by
    Hamilton, Joe, Frank and Reynolds, I thought was Elvis.
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