Music club #2

In the first post of this series (see here), I asked you to post songs that were covers in a different musical idiom than the original. As I emphasized then:

Impossible to lose; everyone that plays is a winner.

This second round focuses on the echos of musical history we hear in contemporary pop. The theme is: songs you are reminded exist while listening to this song or video. The jumping off point is Beyonce’s “Love on Top:”

You have to draw comparison to New Edition’s “If It Isn’t Love:”

Can you come up with two songs (or two videos) with such referential material? Go to it in the comments; I can’t wait.

Extra credit: references for the other new Beyonce video (“Countdown”) other than “Pillow Talk” and Martha Graham.



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7 responses to “Music club #2

  1. Jenn Lena

    Perfect, Eric. Purr-fect.

  2. kimd

    This is tough. My music video memory does not span a long period of time. I remember quite a bit from the 1990s, but that’s about it. What about the influence that pre-music video era performances have had on music videos, such as the Beatles on Ed Sullivan? The Sullivan clip is too long, so here is another one:

    Compare that to Sloan’s ‘The Lines You Amend’:

    And of course OutKast’s ‘Hey Ya!’:

  3. Jenn Lena

    Excellent, excellent work. I’ll remind our viewers at home that the similarities between your examples may simply be musical (and not visual). In this case, I think we got both. I’ll add this one, which I still find enormously funny:

  4. Paul-Brian


    Reminds me of this:

    With a little of this:

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