Songs That Remind Me Of Other Songs – Sevendust Vs. Ethan Meixsell

Ethan Meixsell is practically “Mister Metal” in the YouTube Audio Library.  🙂  The fun with listening to his contributions to the YTAL is trying to figure out what might have inspired the various tracks.  Some of them remind me of Metallica, others remind me of Van Halen, and then there’s Taking A Beating which reminds me of what shredding guitars around the start of this millennium meant…

…at least it reminds me of a song with real singing though, and not that ridiculous Y2K rap metal fad…  😀

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Songs That Remind Me Of Other Songs – Millennial D-Rock

Want to know the difference between people making fun of soundalike rock songs in the 2000s because they were actually there versus people making fun of soundalike rock songs in the 2000s because they read it on Wikipedia somewhere?  See if they ever bash anything besides Nickelback.  😀

Nickelback gets a lot of flak for soundalike hit songs – even these days.  However, there was a band at one point that was Nickelback before Nickelback was Nickelback.  Enter… Creed.  😛

Riding high off of the post-grunge “I’m mad at the world” rock wave after rock and roll started moping and whining just a little less in the mid to late 1990s, Creed showed up in the late 90s with some decent songs that picked up where Pearl Jam left off, to the extent that MTV’s old Celebrity Deathmatch show made fun of them for it.  Check out that angst.  😀

…but the song I heard the most on the rock stations from them in those days was a sign of things to come…

Pay very close attention to the general feel of what that song sounds like.  You’ll then be ahead of the game compared to where we as rock music fans were back in the very end of the last millennium.  Oh if only we knew…  🙂

Enter Creed’s follow-up effort, Human Clay, released in 1999.  With Arms Wide Open stole the show on the rock charts including the Billboard Hot 100, but not far behind was this gem.  Higher, the song that formalized those “alterna-rock” or “modern rock” songs around the start of this millennium that either were something in D, or sounded like some kind of hit song in D, totally a musical version of riding coattails.  By the way, with all the “alterna-rock” lingo at the time, was this stuff really still “alternative?”  😀

Truly, when Nickelback got roasted for songs sounding anywhere close to How You Remind Me, their dynasty of similar songs was far from anything new and exciting.

The fun didn’t end there either.  Check out some of these other tracks from Human Clay.  Notice any similarities?  😀

Those aren’t in order, but that’s the first 4 songs.  Skipping around a bit more.  Don’t forget, still on Human Clay circa 1999.  😀  Hey, at least they changed the drumbeat a bit from song to song… a bit…  😀

…well, sometimes the key changed, but remember, this would have been sold as a CD in the pre-MP3 days for $18.98 a pop at most music stores.  The CD Generation would have approached this soundalike stuff with a very different response from today’s iTunes generation that can stop buying songs on the rest of an album if the first few sound too similar.  😀

Well at least the album ended with… nah.  More soundalike Creed songs even if the key changes…  😛

Maybe With Arms Wide Open did so well because it sounded a bit different…  Nah, still sounds like a Creed song.  😛

At the very least, the end of the last millennium must have been the most boring time in the world to be a drummer in a rock band.  Remember folks, in just a single album Creed did what Nickelback gets roasted for, except Nickelback did this over the span of several albums with “soundalike songs.”

So, did Creed learn their lesson after Y2K went bust and the world didn’t end on January 1st, 2000?  Nope.  😀  Here’s another radio hit from their next album that I very vividly remember…  😀

OH NO THEY DIDN’T!!!  OH YES THEY DID!!!  😛  BEHOLD, HIGHER 2.0!!!  😛

THESE RECORDS WERE YEARS APART, AND THIS IS WHAT WE GOT!!!  😛

Remember that Millennial D-Rock drumbeat that persisted even if the D-chord didn’t?  Well heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere it is again!!!  😀

…and again, same album.  😀

Okay.  Mercy rule.  😛  I’m cutting this one short.  I seem to remember this album being just a hair more creative than Human Clay but as I cycle through the songs (yes I still bought their CDs back then) it’s the same thing, particularly on the choruses.  You pretty much know a Creed song once you’ve listened to about 8 of them and notice this pattern.  Nickelback is looking really good right about now…  😀

…but it didn’t stop there.  Ultimately Scott Stapp and the fellas had a bit of band drama and Stapp left the band, but hey, from the ashes of the Creed dynasty rose Alter Bridge, a.k.a. Creed But Not Really Creed.  Tell me if this sounds familiar…  😀

2004 – well into the new decade – well into The New Millennium – post 9/11 – none of that mattered.  Millennial D-Rock was still showing up on rock stations.  I didn’t mind it at this point though.  Perhaps I was playing lesser of two evils because we had teenyboppers/boy bands, pop punk, pop hop (yes even hip hop got watered down).  I was listening to a lot of Power Metal and Prog Metal as a wild and crazy Saturday Night College Radio Metal DJ, so I was tuning out what was on the rock stations at the time anyways.  If I wanted to hear talent, I knew where to look.  🙂

I stopped following the Millennial D-Rock scene at that point, so I can’t really chime in on Alter Bridge’s later work and Creed doing more work afterwards in 2009, but the damage was done, plus by the mid-2000s everyone was making fun of Nickelback instead.  😀

Strangely enough, my final update on this Millennial D-Rock thing came in my early YouTube days when I was watching a lot of Will It Blend over on Blendtec’s channel and in 2006 a Rhode Island radio station that I was a bit familiar with here in Southern New England decided to say goodbye to Creed in a rather YouTube manner…  😀

There.  That’s enough Millennial D-Rock for now.  Time to go listen to some Nickelback.  I suddenly feel much better about their soundalike songs spread out over several years as opposed to several songs on the same album.  😀

Tronicbox Goes Gaga :-D

Maybe it’s fallout from the Super Bowl, but Tronicbox has had this thing for making 80s remixes of Lady Gaga songs lately…  🙂

Oh boy.  80s aerobics.  I remember the shows at 6 in the morning or some other super early hour like Mousercise on The Disney Channel.  Basically it was for stay-at-home moms or others right after the kids went off to school.  I can’t laugh at this anymore though.  I’ve since learned the value of early morning physical activity having gotten the most effect from exercise when I’m very active very early – even if said activity was at a night shift warehouse job.  🙂

…and then, there’s this…  😀

Seriously.  How much Taylor Dane did this guy listen to before coming up with that backing track?  You know what?  This is now officially a STRMOOS entry too.  😀

Oddly enough though, I can listen to that Gaga remix a lot more easily than this stuff.  Maybe it’s because of how shrill the Taylor Dane song is in my sound system.  Hey, at least the dust is out of my tweeters now.  😀

Seriously though.  I’ve heard people say that Lady Gaga is this generation’s Madonna.  I can believe that.  By the way, did Madonna ever leap into a stadium on wires?  😀

Still though, were she 30 years older I could totally imagine her as Madonna’s angsty rival back in the day.  🙂

Songs That Remind Me Of Other Songs – Silent Partner Channels The 70s

Silent Partner has really been on a roll on the YouTube Audio Library lately.  My main theme for 2016 is a Silent Partner song, and perusing Silent Partner’s catalog on the YTAL is like a veritable who’s who of YouTube tracks I’ve liked in recent years.  🙂

How interesting then that Silent Partner would closely brush against Steely Dan’s Peg song…  😀

I don’t really hear much in terms of soundalike tracks on the YTAL.  Maybe that could change someday.  I used to have a lot of fun with soundalike royalty free stock tracks in my earlier years on YouTube.  😀

Songs That Remind Me Of Other Songs – Bach Vs. Not Bach

My involvement with various Lutheran groups over the past several years has had the side effect of introducing me to some baroque music and a slew of “I’ll Be Bach” jokes.  😀  Now as a “YUGE” fan of the YouTube Audio Library, I’m happy to see there’s some soundalike tracks winding up on the YTAL these days…  🙂

Bach:

Not Bach:

That would be “Baroque Coffee House” by Doug Maxwell and Media Right Productions.  A nice fluffy classical track in the no attribution required section of the YTAL, but I still like giving those tracks shout-outs when they’re really awesome like this.  🙂

Side note:  Kudos to Windows 98 for introducing me to Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto by having that piece as a MIDI file in Win98 back in the day lol, so this tech to baroque classical music happens to come full circle.  😀

Songs That Remind Me Of Other Songs – Calvin Harris Vs. The YouTube Audio Library

I’ve been wondering when the YouTube Audio Library would start featuring some “knockoff tracks…”  😀  The royalty-free libraries already do this but I haven’t seen as much from the “YTAL” just yet, but I’ve observed in the last few years that YTAL has been on the march trying to become more viable versus commercial services or sites like Jamendo or Incompetech.

Behold, one of Calvin Harris’ recent hits, Thinking About You featuring Ayah Marar.  I often hear a bit of 90s dance in this one.  I actually liked enough of his dance songs that I bought the full CD instead of some digital downloads for this song’s album 18 Months.

Now, here’s Beat Your Competition by Vibe Tracks from the YouTube Audio Library in the Dance/Electronic section.  🙂

Might be a bit of Demi Lovato’s Neon Lights in there too.  Hmm…  🙂  I’ll pass on embedding that one though, as I hear that song enough on Pop Fluff Wednesday at work.  😀