I LOVE STUFF LIKE THIS!
There are so many samples, and “compliments” to other, older songs in popular music right now. I love figuring out where it’s from and source out the original version. Someone in the music department (Mike Devine) pointed this out yesterday and I’ve had “Mr. Postman” stuck in my head ever since then. Portugal. The Man‘s “Feel It Still” totally sounds like The Marvelettes‘ “Mr. Postman” and it seems like I’m not the only one who thinks it!
The guys from Portugal. The Man agree too that this was kind of intentional. In an interview from Time, they said, ““Mr. Postman” just popped into my head; it’s one of my favorite songs of all time. So I threw it in as a placeholder. Almost immediately I realized it was the melody for the song; there was no way I could change it. It reminded me so much of where music comes from for me. It’s the reason we play music and the reason we go on tour: like Pete Seeger or Woody Guthrie taking their folk songs across the country, having an experience in Missoula, and taking that experience to Idaho Falls and writing a new verse along the way. It’s all storytelling, and it’s all about sharing things with a generation or culture who haven’t heard that song before. I love the idea of a kid hearing “Mr. Postman” for the first time because they know “Feel It Still.”
What do you think? Pretty similar, right?