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Listening to the Anne Clark song “Hope Road” (1987, YouTube, from 01:00), I immediately had to think of OMC’s “How Bizarre” from (1995, YouTube, from 00:15). The rhythm of the vocals is so similar in these songs that I find it hard to believe OMC didn’t copy it, given that both have a road trip theme. However, I couldn’t find a connection between the two interpreters online (mentioning OMC being inspired by Anne Clark or similar).

Is this just that common a rhythm (and I’m not aware of it), or are my ears playing tricks on me (and the similarity is very superficial and probably coincidental), or is this a case of creative reuse?

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According to whosampled, OMC's How Bizarre only samples "Whoomp! (There It Is) (Instrumental) by Tag Team (1993)". It may just be a very similar rhythm, without directly sampling another song.

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  • I don’t know how accurate whosampled are. They claim that the sampled part starts at 03:01 in How Bizarre. Around there, you start hearing the beat more clearly, and there is a vague similarity, but it’s nowhere near the same. Honestly, I don’t see it. But of course, you may be right.
    – Philipp
    Jun 13, 2022 at 17:03

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