03 December 2007

I Want You ...

... to correct me if I'm wrong.

Bob Dylan's "I Want You" and Elvis Costello's "I Want You" are the two greatest songs in the history of music that share a title.

(what are some other *distinct* songs ((not covers)) that share titles, even if one or both of them are not good? ... I guess this goes for films as well, as last night I was reminded that there is a half-baked Will Ferrell soccer coach comedy called Kicking and Screaming, a title that to some of us belongs to Noah Baumbach's witty, pretentious debut about witty, pretentious people uncertain of what will come of themselves)


Hal said...

I actually have an iTunes playlist dedicated to this. Some highlights:

"Angel" by Jimi Hendrix and Massive Attack

"Come Together" by the Beatles and Spiritualized

"Paper Tiger" by Beck and Spoon

"America" by Simon & Garfunkel and Neil Diamond

and there's a lot more. They're all pretty good songs, but the last two pairs and pretty awesome songs, all around.

hal said...

Worth noting, also, is Rihanna's "S.O.S.", which went to #1 in the US, and ABBA's "S.O.S.," which didn't crack the Top Ten.

kris said...

"9 to 5" by Dolly Parton and Lady Sovereign. Both songs are awesome and you know it.

"Us" by Stephen Malkmus and Regina Spektor. Both pretty good.


How about "Subterranean Homesick Blues" by Bob Dylan and "Subterranean Homesick Alien" by Radiohead? That feels dirty, since Radiohead is obviously nodding to Dylan with their song, so it circumvents the cosmic synchronicity aspect. (or does it?)

Plus, to the "I Want You"/"I Want You" thing, I'd add "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" by the Beatles. Not as good as the Dylan/Costello songs, but notable nonetheless.

Madhurima said...

Also, "I Want You" by Savage Garden and "I Want You" by Bon Jovi.

I can't really think of movie titles, though there was a dubbed Kung Fu TV show I watched as a kid that was called The Monkeys which, further, I thought what people were talking about when I first moved to the States, and people would talk about this sitcom from way back when...?

But what is this you say, you'll accept book titles, as long as they're not just referencing each other? I'll start with the obvious: "The Invisible Man" by H. G. Wells and "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison.

Lesser known, and maybe not acceptable, "A Bend in the River" by V. S. Naipual, and "A Bend in the Ganges" by Manohar Mangolkar.

Endless category: *Imperialism* by J. A. Hobsom, and *Imperialism* by Lenin.

Madhurima said...


"Girls" by the Beastie Boys and Eleni Mandell