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David Bowie's influences during the 70s

Most of the Young Americans sessions, which began on August 11, 1974, were at Sigma Sounds Studios in Philadelphia, where the producer/songwriter team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff recorded the likes ...
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Panic at the Disco's "Death of a Bachelor" influences

Yes, this song is a 100th birthday tribute to Frank Sinatra, as confirmed by the band's Instagram post: Frank Sinatra turns 100 this year. I attach his music to so many memories: Opening presents ...
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Was Pixies inspired by Rites of Spring?

I do not think so, for several reasons: 1) Rites of Spring songs are usually typical emo/posthardcore songs, I do not see musical similarity to Hey, 2) I doubt Frank Black was familiar with this ...
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Aldous Huxley and 5/4 Meter in Music Predating "Take 5"

There are examples of Five-Step Waltzes danced to 5/4 time from the 19th century from about 1846. These are also known as "Valse à Cinq Temps". There are descriptions of some of theses at the Library ...
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Similarity of Slayer's "South of Heaven" to the "Inspector Gadget" theme tune

Hard to answer, but let's see what we got. According to http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Inspector_Gadget_(song) the IG theme was written by Haim Saban and Shuki Levy for the original cartoon series ...
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Who brought the Bluegrass influence into the Grateful Dead?

Jerry Garcia started off as a banjo player, and one part of the roots of the Dead were in a jug band called Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions. So I would guess that Garcia knew his bluegrass pretty ...
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What band(s) is Spinal Tap based on?

Many also draw connections between "This is Spinal Tap" and "The Bad News Tour" from The Comic Strip Presents (1983). But as stated previously, it likely drew influence from a number of musicians and ...
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What band(s) is Spinal Tap based on?

'Tap are just based on astute observations of rock bands and the lifestyle in general, not any one band in particular. There are plenty of references through out the film, e.g. death by vomit ala Jimi ...
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What band(s) is Spinal Tap based on?

There is no actual answer to this question. Spinal Tap, believe it or not, began in the mind of Rob Reiner (Meathead, if you're an All In The Family fan...) in 1979. There was a reference to the ...
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Was Toto's song "Good For You" influenced by the "Minder" theme song?

Very very unlikely - Good for You - from the album Toto IV, 1982 I Could Be So Good for You - Minder theme, ITV series 1979. It's not an uncommon sound, though. It's what I'd call 'Pub Rock with a ...
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Did Charlie Puth lift a vocal run from Justin Timberlake?

There are certain stylistic choices that can start out as personal idiosyncrasies, but become so widely imitated that they end up as genre markers. For modern pop/R&B, one of the most ...
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Is "All of my Love" the main influence on this Tame Impala song titled, Led Zeppelin?

You're right, the peppy rhythmic line is very reminiscent of "All of My Love", although the instrumentation is different from that song. As far as the instruments, it sounds like a very ...
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Houndmouth's influences

On this interview of the drummer Shane Cody by The Waster: “We all went on a big Neil Young kick a few years ago. They are said to be influenced by The Band, as speculated by some media here, here ...
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Who brought the Bluegrass influence into the Grateful Dead?

It was through hanging out with David Crosby and CS&N. Workingman's Dead isn't bluegrass, it's 'wooden music' based on songs with three and four part harmonies.
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