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Old 07-06-09, 04:42 PM   #1
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Same artist, Same Title, Different Song

In 1984, the British pop band Wham! had a hit song called "Freedom".

In 1990, former Wham! lead singer George Michael had a hit with another song called "Freedom" (although the official title of the song is "Freedom '90", I've never heard it referred to in this way; it's always just "Freedom").

Although the songs were sung by the same person and had the same title, that's the only thing they had in common. GM's version is not a "cover", it's a totally different song.

Has there ever been another case of a band having a hit song and a member of that band having having a hit later on with a different song that had the same title?

Cover versions, no matter how different they might be from the original, don't count, and neither do "Chubby Checker style" rewrites of the same song (aren't there something like a dozen or more different versions of "The Twist"?).

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Old 07-06-09, 04:43 PM   #2
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re: Same artist, Same Title, Different Song

There's about 1500 different songs called "Heart and Soul".
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Old 07-06-09, 05:42 PM   #3
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re: Same artist, Same Title, Different Song

They Might Be Giants have:
(She Was A) Hotel Detective
She Was A Hotel Detective
(She Was A) Hotel Detective In The Future

All three are very different songs.
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Old 07-06-09, 05:48 PM   #4
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re: Same artist, Same Title, Different Song

Heartbreaker - Zeppelin, Dionne Warwick, and Pat Benatar (and probably more)
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Old 07-06-09, 05:50 PM   #5
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re: Same artist, Same Title, Different Song

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There's about 1500 different songs called "Heart and Soul".
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Heartbreaker - Zeppelin, Dionne Warwick, and Pat Benatar (and probably more)
Perhaps you guys should re-read the OP.
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Old 07-06-09, 05:55 PM   #6
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Perhaps you guys should re-read the OP.
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Old 07-06-09, 06:25 PM   #7
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re: Same artist, Same Title, Different Song

Why does Heartbreaker not count? They're different songs, not covers.

One that comes to mind is "I Kissed a Girl," which was a minor hit in 1995 by Jill Sobule. Recently, Katy Perry had a hit with a song of the same name.

Oh crap, I just read the OP. Never mind.

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Old 07-06-09, 06:34 PM   #8
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re: Same artist, Same Title, Different Song

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Perhaps you guys should re-read the OP.
I have the OP on my ignore list. Perhaps the subject header could be changed to "Same artist, same title, different song"?
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Old 07-06-09, 08:26 PM   #9
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I have the OP on my ignore list.

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Old 07-06-09, 08:27 PM   #10
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re: Same artist, Same Title, Different Song

Bruce Dickinson / Iron Maiden The Wickerman

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Old 07-06-09, 08:44 PM   #11
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re: Same artist, Same Title, Different Song

The Beatles had electric Revolution and accoustic Revolution, which were more or less the same song, and Revolution #9, which was a very different song.
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Old 07-06-09, 08:52 PM   #12
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Old 07-06-09, 08:56 PM   #13
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re: Same artist, Same Title, Different Song

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The Beatles had electric Revolution and accoustic Revolution, which were more or less the same song, and Revolution #9, which was a very different song.
Won't work according to the OP... still the same song, it wasn't a member of The Beatles and it wasn't a hit.

I don't foresee many examples that fully comply.
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Old 07-06-09, 08:59 PM   #14
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I'd reply, but since I have you on ignore I have no way of seeing this question.
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Old 07-06-09, 09:21 PM   #15
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re: Same artist, Same Title, Different Song

Chris Rea - two songs called "Texas" that are not the same in any way. They are not 'hits' though but both appear on different studio albums.
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Old 07-06-09, 09:50 PM   #16
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Has there ever been another case of a band having a hit song and a member of that band having having a hit later on with a different song that had the same title?
That's a weird one... might take some time, can't imagine more than a handful of examples at most.

How about "Hold Me Tight", first by The Beatles, then a different song later on by Paul McCartney?
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Old 07-07-09, 12:02 AM   #17
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re: Same artist, Same Title, Different Song

Not 100% exact, but very close:
Prior to Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder was in a band called Bad Radio...while they never had any official/major label releases, they did record and self release two different demo tapes in 1989....on their second tape (entitled What The Funk), they had a song called "I'm Alive"....
Then, obviously afterwards (a year later), he wrote "Alive" with PJ...both songs are completely different from one another....granted, the Bad Radio song was not a hit, but this is almost another example...

(Bad Radio also recorded Better Man, but that was the same song he later brought out of the past for PJ.....)
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Old 07-07-09, 12:32 AM   #18
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I don't care if they are covers!

Huey Lewis and the News cover songs: #7 hit "It's Alright" and #5 "But It's Alright"
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Old 07-07-09, 11:50 AM   #19
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Re: Same artist, Same Title, Different Song

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In 1984, the British pop band Wham! had a hit song called "Freedom".

In 1990, former Wham! lead singer George Michael had a hit with another song called "Freedom" (although the official title of the song is "Freedom '90", I've never heard it referred to in this way; it's always just "Freedom").

Although the songs were sung by the same person and had the same title, that's the only thing they had in common. GM's version is not a "cover", it's a totally different song.

Has there ever been another case of a band having a hit song and a member of that band having having a hit later on with a different song that had the same title?

Cover versions, no matter how different they might be from the original, don't count, and neither do "Chubby Checker style" rewrites of the same song (aren't there something like a dozen or more different versions of "The Twist"?).

What say you?
I have always seen it listed as Freedom '90...
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Old 07-07-09, 12:19 PM   #20
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Re: Same artist, Same Title, Different Song

My Dying Bride had a song on their Debut called "Sear Me", then "reimagined" the song 2 more times over 10 or 15 years. Same basic riff and lyrical theme, but still VASTLY different songs.
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Old 07-07-09, 12:37 PM   #21
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Re: Same artist, Same Title, Different Song

Was (Not Was) had a number different versions of "Out Come the Freaks" on their releases
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Old 07-07-09, 12:44 PM   #22
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Re: Same artist, Same Title, Different Song

To what level do remixes count? Depeche Mode has tons of those.
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Old 07-07-09, 02:54 PM   #23
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Re: Same artist, Same Title, Different Song

The closest example I can think of is that King's X has songs called "Sometime" and also "Sometimes." They are 2 entirely different songs and were recorded quite a few years apart.
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Old 07-07-09, 03:09 PM   #24
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Re: Same artist, Same Title, Different Song

This almost counts:

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, had two songs titled:"Joan of Arc" on Architecture & Morality but was forced to rename one: "Joan of Arc (Maid of Orleans)" by the suits.
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Old 07-07-09, 03:59 PM   #25
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Re: Same artist, Same Title, Different Song

One other one I can think of that is an "almost" match is U2 having a song on The Unforgettable Fire called "Elvis Presley and America", then doing a song under the Passengers pseudonym called "Elvis Ate America".
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