After listening to a song that you love (whether it be for the millionth time or the first), it's common to go back and try to learn every detail about it. Finding out that the front man hates it, or that it was written whilst high on a wide concoction of drugs, no matter the little tidbit, it adds a little something to the song.
Often times, doing some research into a song reveals that it actually has some connections to other pieces of music. Whether it be a sampled beat, a shared writer, or a story connection, many songs that you didn't think were initially connected share a much bigger link than you might assume.
This connection might make you appreciate the song even more, or you might be shocked to realize a song you love so much is actually a cover of a track that you've never even heard of.
Here we will be going over not just covers and samples, but also shared narratives that link a song to another, even through albums.
7. The Stroke's Bad Decisions And Billy Idol's Dancing With Myself
2001 was a big year for The Strokes. Having formed in 1998, their debut album, Is This It, proved to be a big success. Listening back to now, you can hear why. Each song is excellent and their isn't bad moment during the whole thing. It is a compliment to the bands cohesiveness.
It was, sadly, relatively downhill after their debut. The follow up, Room on Fire was warmly received, but all subsequent albums were seen as lacking in what made their first so great.
This was until 2020's The New Abnormal, which saw the band back on good form. It seems that for this album the band saw inspiration in many places, one of them being in the music of Billy Idol. Bad Decisions, the albums second single sees itself being fully influenced by his music, with the chorus melody being taken directly from Dancing With Myself, which was released in 1981.
Interestingly enough, Idol's version is itself a remix of New Wave band Gen X's song of the same name.