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Marty McFly
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Just thought this would be a cool topic to get everyone's opinion on (we all interpret things a little diferently, including music, which makes it interesting IMO).

For instance, a couple years ago, I got a 1985 compilation CD with a power ballad-ish song I'd never heard before (but have since totally loved!) - Giuffria's "Call to the Heart". The guy's voice sounds alot like Steve Perry in that song, IMO. Enough that I can tell it's not him, but there's a similarity for sure.

I'll post some others later.

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Kingdome Come--Get it On; is a blatant Led Zeppelin ripoff.
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^ I agree. Billy Squier's early stuff also sounds very Zeppelin-ish, with an '80s twist.

A few more offhand:

"Some Guys Have All the Luck" Rod Stewart - Sting
"I'll Wait" Van Halen - Genesis
"I Just Died in Your Arms" Cutting Crew - Journey
parts of "Soliatire" by Laura Branigan - Pat Benatar
"All Right" Christopher Cross - Toto

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For some reason, Earth, Wind, & Fire always sounded like either Prince or Morris Day & The Time.
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even though EW&F was around a lot longer than either of those two?
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I thought some Men at work stuff sounded very Police-Sting like.

There was also this Euro band called the Essence who sounded a lot like the Cure.

Some Talking Heads songs with the singing like Burning Down the House sounded a lot like Devo. Oingo Boingo had some sort of Devo thing going too.

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Journey was around for longer than Cutting Crew, so maybe the influence trickled down to them.

Same thing with EW&F...They might have influenced Prince and Morris Day.

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John Kilduff

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quote:
Originally posted by Marty McFly:
Just thought this would be a cool topic to get everyone's opinion on (we all interpret things a little diferently, including music, which makes it interesting IMO).

For instance, a couple years ago, I got a 1985 compilation CD with a power ballad-ish song I'd never heard before (but have since totally loved!) - Giuffria's "Call to the Heart". The guy's voice sounds alot like Steve Perry in that song, IMO. Enough that I can tell it's not him, but there's a similarity for sure.

I'll post some others later.

I have that Giuffria album. It's still at my mother's though, so I haven't listened to it in ages. I loved their hair- all long and blonde and flowy! They did sorta have a Journey vibe to them. I know a lot of 80's bands sounded similar to one another. And if I heard the beginning riff of a song, it was hard for me to distinguish what song it was (was that a Poison song, or Warrant or whoever?). I always got Poison and Warrant mixed up- I was not a huge fan of either band in the 80's and I thought their songs sounded the same.
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quote:
Originally posted by rocksteadyflamethrower:
Same thing with EW&F...They might have influenced Prince and Morris Day.

Sincerely,

John Kilduff

I see...
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quote:
Originally posted by eightieschick:
quote:
Originally posted by Marty McFly:
Just thought this would be a cool topic to get everyone's opinion on (we all interpret things a little diferently, including music, which makes it interesting IMO).

For instance, a couple years ago, I got a 1985 compilation CD with a power ballad-ish song I'd never heard before (but have since totally loved!) - Giuffria's "Call to the Heart". The guy's voice sounds alot like Steve Perry in that song, IMO. Enough that I can tell it's not him, but there's a similarity for sure.

I'll post some others later.

I have that Giuffria album. It's still at my mother's though, so I haven't listened to it in ages. I loved their hair- all long and blonde and flowy! They did sorta have a Journey vibe to them. I know a lot of 80's bands sounded similar to one another. And if I heard the beginning riff of a song, it was hard for me to distinguish what song it was (was that a Poison song, or Warrant or whoever?). I always got Poison and Warrant mixed up- I was not a huge fan of either band in the 80's and I thought their songs sounded the same.
If I recall Greg Giuffria was a member of 70s band Angel.
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Once, back in the day, I had created a list of songs that I originally thought were sung by other groups/singers.

One such example from the early 80's was Quarterflash's first hit, "Harden My Heart". At the time, I thought it was the latest single by Pat Benatar!

[Smile]

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I was listening to Break these Chains Judas Priest's Screaming for Vengeance album and was blown away how much it sounded like an Ozzy Osbourne song.
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Only one I can think of was Climie Fisher on 'Love Changes Everything'. Convinced I was listening to the new Rod Stewart track.
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I bought every Steve Perry CD in one night convinced that he was the one singing 'If I Could Fly, I'd Pick You Up'. I wanted it for a tape I was making for my g/f at the time and finally a pal tells me it is Benny Mardones.

P.S. Does anyone want to buy the entire Steve Perry solo collection??? [Smile]

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Devolution here,

Oh Sherry should be on that. It's worth it for that, but I have the album. Sorry.

WE are DEVO

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