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Music query: songs with the same names 
8th-Mar-2012 01:12 pm
mccoy, goth
So, the other day, I was listening to Iron Maiden's "Moonchild", and reflecting that I am very fond of two other songs entitled "Moonchild", one by Chris Cornell and one by Fields of the Nephilim. Three very different songs, with the same title. A quick search of Amazon.com's MP3 downloads suggests that there are many many more songs titled "Moonchild", most of which are presumably distinct songs, and not covers of any of the three I've named.

It seems odd that "Moonchild" should be such a common song name. In the case of the Iron Maiden and Fields of the Nephilim songs, the title definitely reflects the persistent fascination that hard rock artists have with Aleister Crowley. Still, based on Amazon search data, songs entitled "Moonchild" comfortably outnumber songs entitled "Love Under Will". So I don't think we can entirely credit The Great Beast for this.

It also occurred to me to wonder whether this was the only instance in my music library of three non-identical songs with identical titles. I really ought to find or write a script to extract statistics out of my iTunes library. A cursory visual scan of song titles didn't reveal any other instances beyond, "The Only One" by The Eden House, "The Only One" by Evanescence, and near-identical, "I'm the Only One" by Melissa Etheridge.

Do you know any songs called "Moonchild" that are not one of the ones I've listed above? Do you have favorite songs that have the same titles but are completely different songs?
8th-Mar-2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
My music library has "One" by U2 (as well as several covers), "One" by Aimee Mann (covering Harry Nilsson), and "One" by the Bee Gees...I think I'm missing the Chorus Line song, though.

I also have two or three different songs called "Volcano" (though the Jimmy Buffett one is the most famous) and several called "Crazy" (Aerosmith, Icehouse, Seal w/a cover by Alanis Morissette, Gnarls Barkley w/covers by the Violent Femmes and Shawn Colvin, and Barenaked Ladies).
8th-Mar-2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
"One" seems to be a popular contender for most-duplicated song title. I have both "One" by U2 and "One" by Metallica, but that appears to be all.
8th-Mar-2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
"Moonchild" is also the name of the Empress in The Neverending Story (in the novel, at least; in the film it's practically indecipherable).
9th-Mar-2012 02:50 am (UTC)
You're right! So what we can't blame on Crowley, we can blame on Ende!
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