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Mixed Tape

I used to make mixed tapes for friends, actual tapes, which is one of those signs that I’ve been on the planet longer than a steadily growing percentage of the population. I make mixed CDs now and don’t even own a tape player, which means I won’t be listening to the recordings of my 6th grade band concert any time soon.

Sometimes I get high-concept ideas for CD mixes, like a mix of songs that track the progress of my life. Or a CD where all the tracks are covers of the same song. My latest concept is “Same Name, Different Song” which consists of songs that have the same name but aren’t covers, just totally different songs. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

Forever Young – Rod Stewart
Forever Young – Alphaville (Though I personally prefer the Youth Group cover)
Breathe – Erasure
Breathe – Sixpence None the Richer
Breathe – Jane French (The theme from “Passions” oh how I miss you)
Breathe – Maria McKee
Photograph – Weezer
Photograph – REM feat. Natalie Merchant
American Girls – Weezer (No link, sorry!)
American Girl – Tom Petty (Ok, not an exact title match, but close!)
Trouble – Ray Lamontagne
Trouble – Shampoo
Trouble – Shawn Colvin
Blush – Ben Lee
Blush (Only You) – Plumb
Independence Day – Imani Coppola
Independence Day – Ani DiFranco
Dancing in the Dark – Bruce Springsteen
Dance in the Dark – Lady Gaga (Again, not an exact match, but close!)
Heart – Pet Shop Boys
Heart – Stars
The Boxer – Simon and Garfunkel
The Boxer – Carbon Leaf

Can you guys think of any others? If I were a programmer and cared more, I could probably write a script to parse my media library and find all the matches for me, but it’s more fun to ask you guys.

BTW, I realize my last two posts have been about music. I promise this isn’t going to become PQ’s Music Blog. It’s just a coincidence.

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Alison C. • March 3, 2011 at 8:13 am

OMG – how could you miss one of my very favorite retro hits, “Photograph” by Def Leppard!!

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Kelly • March 3, 2011 at 8:54 am

Michelle Branch has a Breathe version.
Gaslight anthem also as a song just called Boxer.

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Kelly • March 3, 2011 at 8:57 am

Oh, and Prodigy has a Breathe as well.

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Megan • March 3, 2011 at 9:43 am

Lindsey Buckingham (guitarist for Fleetwood Mac) has a solo song called Trouble.

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Melanie • March 3, 2011 at 9:45 am

Faith Hill has a song called Breathe, and Martina McBride has a song called Independence Day. I don’t know if you’re into country music, but those two jump out at me.

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Melanie • March 3, 2011 at 9:56 am

Photograph by Nickleback

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Sarah Fowler • March 3, 2011 at 10:02 am

@Melanie – Exactly what I was going to say :-)

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Lurker • March 3, 2011 at 10:38 am

I think it’s very cool that your last two posts have been about music. Music is happy making. (My only suggestions for your same title project are alt-country, which I think isn’t your genre!)

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Hal • March 3, 2011 at 10:44 am

Breathe – The Prodigy
Breathe – Disturbed

Fade To Black – Metallica
Fade To Black – Dire Straits
Fade To Black – Zeromancer

July 4th (Independence Day) – Bruce Springsteen

Remedy – The Black Crowes
Remedy – Seether

Gasoline – Seether
Gasoline – Audioslave

Home – Dream Theater
Home – Seth Horan (former bassist for Vertical Horizon)
Home – Econoline Crush
Home – David Sylvian

Rain – Samael
Rain – Candlebox
Rain – Liquid Gang
Rain – The Cult

Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics (or Marilyn Manson)
Sweet Dreams – Tori Amos

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Hopefool • March 3, 2011 at 10:59 am

My contributions…

Photograph – Nickelback
Forever young – Bob Dylan

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Emi • March 3, 2011 at 11:08 am

I once made a mix cd of just songs with the title “Beautiful.” I can’t remember how many songs I got on it, but it was basically a full disc. Some were India.Arie, Joydrop, Christina Aguilera, Me’shell Ndgeocello, etc.

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jennie • March 3, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Stars – Dubstar
Stars – Simply Red

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MelPo • March 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Ray LaMontagne Let it be Me
Indigo Girls Let it be Me

One of my friends in college made a mix in which the last word of the title of each song was the first word in the title of the next.

Like Let it be Me (indigo girls), Me and a gun (tori amos), Gunshy (liz phair)…etc. Just in case you were looking for another project. It’s also a fun party game… :)

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Sarah • March 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Jay-Z has a “Forever Young” as well!

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corliss • March 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm

The End- The Beatles, The Doors
Rain- Madonna, The Beatles, Jose Feliciano
Hold On- Kansas, Wilson Philips
One- Three Dog Night, A Chorus Line
America- Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Diamond

THis is fun, I’ll have to try and think of more!

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Amanda • March 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Jeremy Fisher also has a song called “American Girls”. I could only find a partial clip on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SRZQTlbdYE , but he’s fantastic and I highly recommend checking it out! (http://jeremyfishermusic.com/)

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Lyrik • March 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm

trouble – coldplay

stars – the cranberries

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Debbi Does Dinner Healthy • March 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I was totally thinking photograph by Def Leppard too. Independance Day by Martina McBride too if it hasn’t been mentioned. I know you’re looking for new ones but I’m not that creative! :-)

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Caitlin • March 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I dunno what you like to listen to, but I listen to everything…so sorry if some of it isn’t your style!

From Your List:
Breathe (2 AM) – Anna Nalick
Breathe (Until Tomorrow) – Paramore
Trouble – Coldplay
American Boy – Estelle
American Woman – Lenny Kravitz (those last two are exact matches to American Girl/s, but they kind of play off of the name)

From Hal’s List:
Remedy (I Won’t Worry) – Jason Mraz
Home – Marc Broussad

My Own:
Bullet Proof…I Wish I Was – Radiohead
Bulletproof – La Roux
Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
Crazy – Britney Spears
Crush – Mandy Moore
Crush – DMB
Crush – David Archuleta
Crush – Jennifer Paige
Crushcrushcrush – Paramore
Feelin Good – PCD
Feelin Good – Michael Buble
Feelin Good – UNC Clef Hangers
Feelin Good – Jennifer Hudson
Hallelujah – Rufus Wainwright
Hallelujah – Paramore

Also, pretty much anything off the Moulin Rouge or Across the Universe Soundtrack are covers of other artists, so you could use those. It’s a lot of Beatles, though.

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Michelle • March 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I Kissed a Girl – Katy Perry
I Kissed a Girl – Jill Sobule

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Lesley • March 3, 2011 at 4:31 pm

The Power of Love – Huey Lewis and the News
The Power of Love – Frankie Goes to Hollywood
The Power of Love – someone else – Jennifer Rush perhaps???

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Shannon • March 3, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Counting Crows has an American Girl that’s pretty good.

This is a fun idea!

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Kim • March 3, 2011 at 5:44 pm

What instrument did you play in 6th grade?

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Meg • March 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Isnt there a song “Photograph” by Ringo Starr? Not sure if one of yours is a cover of that.

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Bethama • March 3, 2011 at 7:03 pm

“Angry Young Man” – one by Billy Joel, the other by Styx (technically “Fooling Yourself”, but it’s the subtitle).

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Emily • March 3, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Someone Like You by Van Morrison is one of my faves, but there is also the version by Rod Stewart. One of my favorite new songs is Someone Like You by Adele.

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Kathy W. • March 3, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Sunday Bloody Sunday–U2, John & Yoko

One–U2, BeeGees (in addition to the others above)

and so many more…that I can’t think of right now.

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Dayle • March 3, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Show Me the Way: Styx, Peter Frampton

Brave New World: Styx, Iron Maiden

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PastaQueen • March 3, 2011 at 9:15 pm

@Kim – I played flute. They also let me play piccolo on one song, and man was that a mistake! You can hear me screeching over the band on the recording I do have.

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KeithW • March 3, 2011 at 9:41 pm

A bajillion acts have done songs called Ship Of Fools, including Erasure, World Party, and Robert Plant.

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Jamie G • March 3, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Please look up Trouble by Cat Stevens. It is so beautiful!

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Elaine • March 3, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Missing You- John Waite and Black-Eyed Peas

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Berns • March 4, 2011 at 2:55 am

Don’t forget “Breathe” from Pink Floyd.

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emjay • March 4, 2011 at 8:35 am

Trouble by Travis Tritt – all the others I thought of were mentioned already. Again country music, maybe not a fan.

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Caro • March 4, 2011 at 10:12 am

I remember that Hot Hot Hot by the Cure and Buster Poindexter got popular on the radio at the same time.

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mom taxi julie • March 4, 2011 at 11:56 am

What a cool idea, you’ll have to post an update. I wasn’t real into music when I was younger but I had a friend that did the mixed tape thing all the time. I find so much more in music now than I did when I was a kid.

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Heather • March 4, 2011 at 2:17 pm

What about this one…

California Girls -The Beach Boys
California Gurls – Katy Perry

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psychsarah • March 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Counting Crows also have a song American Girls.

I was the queen of the mixed tape. I timed it all out so it wouldn’t cut off the song. I had a few go to short songs for the end of the tape. I sat there playing with the order of the songs so it evoked just the right mood. This was a project that took hours. People loved them though. It’s just not quite the same now that I can click off a bunch of titles in iTunes and burn a CD.

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wyn • March 5, 2011 at 3:50 am

This is truly fun! I accidentally found Jin’s (Chinese-American rapper) Love Story, which reminded me that not only does Taylor Swift have a song by that name but there was that 70s (80s?) song also called Love Story by Andy Williams.

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Amy • March 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Creep by Radiohead, Stone Temple Pilots and TLC

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Rebecca • March 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Love that you mentioned Carbon Leaf!! :D

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Monique • March 6, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Miss Independant – Kelly Clarkson and Ne-Yo
Sober – Pink, Tool, and Kelly Clarkson
Mean – Pink and Taylor Swift

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PurpleGirl • March 7, 2011 at 8:28 am

I came up with someone of these on the fly, otherwise I utilized iTunes because it was funny to see the juxstaposition! :)

Dreams – Fleetwood Mac/Cranberries

Crazy – Patsy Cline/Aerosmith/KC & Jojo

I Want You – Melissa Etheridge/Savage Garden

Is This Love – Bob Marley/Whitesnake

Jump – Madonna/Van Halen

Kiss – Prince/Ananda Project

Last Dance – The Cure/Tom Petty/Sarah McLachlan

Lost & Found – Brooks & Dunn/Delerium

Other Side – Aerosmith/Red Hot Chili Peppers

Alcohol – Barenaked Ladies/Brad Paisley

A close one: Love Her Madly/The Doors and Love You Madly/Cake

Angel – Aerosmith/Fleetwood Mac/Sarah McLachlan/a-ha

Don’t Stop – Madonna/Fleetwood Mac

The End – The Beatles/The Doors

Big Time – Peter Gabriel/Trace Adkins

Bittersweet – Kayne West/Big Head Todd And The Monsters

Lullaby – Concrete Blonde/The Cure

More Than This – The Cure/Roxy Music

Over My Head – Fleetwood Mac/The Fray

Please Forgive Me – Melissa Etheridge/David Gray

Precious – Annie Lennox/Depeche Mode

Reptile – Eric Clapton/Nine Inch Nails

Stay – Lisa Loeb/Morten Harket/Dave Matthews/Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

Sunday Morning – Maroon Five/No Doubt

Sweet Thing – Van Morrison/Keith Urban

That’s The Way Love Goes – Janet Jackson/Merle Haggard

Twisted – Annie Lennox/Keith Sweat

You & I – Fleetwood Mac/Jeff Buckley

Gravity – Bic Runga/John Mayer

Little Moments – Rob Thomas/Brad Paisley

Gypsy – Fleetwood Mac/Shakira

Heartbreaker – Led Zeppelin/Pat Benetar

Breakdown – Jack Johnson/Tom Petty

Caroline – Concrete Blonde/Fleetwood Mac

Someone mentioned two Creeps, there’s a Stone Temple Pilots one too.

Hey Baby – No Doubt/whoever did the song in Dirty Dancing!

Hold Me – Duran Duran/Fleetwood Mac/Savage Garden (and Thompson Twins if Hold Me Now is close enough!)

Home – Tim McGraw/Alan Jackson

Crying – Aerosmith/Roy Orbison

Don’t Cry – Seal/Guns’n’Roses

Honestly – Annie Lennox/Leann Rimes

I Need To Know – Marc Anothony/Tom Petty

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ladyloo • March 7, 2011 at 11:03 am

I’ve been working on something similar. I have “Home” by Michael Buble and then Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. And then “Smile” written by Charlie Chaplin (yes) and Lily Allen.

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Jeanna • March 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Add to “Sweet Dreams” — Patsy Cline

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Jeanna • March 7, 2011 at 1:11 pm

@Caitlin – Add to “Crazy” Patsy Cline…. What’s up with that? ha.

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Faith • March 7, 2011 at 7:59 pm

What about similar titles, off only by a couple of letters: ‘Centerfield’ by John Fogerty, and ‘Centerfold’ by J. Geils Band. (Of course, this identifies me as having been on the planet way longer than you!)

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Kudret • March 8, 2011 at 11:20 am

Breathe by Telepopmusik

Crazy Gnarls Barkley
Crazy Dave Matthews Band

Love by Mos Def
Love by Keisha Cole
Love by Erykah Badu
Love by Jill Scott
Love by Destiny’s Child

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Caitlin • March 8, 2011 at 4:47 pm

@PurpleGirl’s List:

Big Time – Linda Eder
Lullaby – Billy Joel, Ben Folds
Gravity – Sara Bareilles

New:
Out of My Head – Black Eyed Peas, Fastball, Ashlee Simpson (eugh, I can’t believe I’m suggesting anyone listen to that, ever)

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Nicky at Not My Mother • March 8, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Ones to add to your lists:

Photograph – Something For Kate (from Australian Dawson’s Creek soundtrack, ahem)

Breathe – Kylie Minogue

Dancing in the Dark – Kim Wilde

America – Jewel

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MaryK • March 9, 2011 at 12:58 am

There’s another terrific song called “Breathe” on the cast album of the 2008 Broadway musical “In the Heights.”

Seems like you could do a whole mix tape of just songs called “Breathe.” Big fun!

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Amy • March 11, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Elliott Smith also had a song titled Independence Day.

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Dana • March 16, 2011 at 10:39 pm

@Alison C. – Epic retro hit is epic. I miss Steve.

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Dana • March 16, 2011 at 10:41 pm

FYI, if you’re ever interested in getting your 6th grade band concert on CD, they make devices for transferring cassette to CD now, and some of them are pretty inexpensive. I see them advertised in the coupon papers from time to time but I bet you could find a decent one on Amazon that has reviews.

I have a few things on tape I’m not willing to give up just yet so that’s on the agenda for me.

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tony • March 19, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Love this idea – it’s one I’ve played around with also. I also thought about the same song covered by different artists, and a themed CD – Driving Songs was one I began. Anyway, since I have been on the planet longer that most of you, let me add:
These Days – Jackson Browne, Allman Brothers, Dan Fogelberg, and I bet a bunch more.

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