I've been obsessed with the Everly Brothers "It Only Costs A Dime" since the day I first discovered it on the b-side of "The Price Of Love." Yes, it's a great little tune, clocking in at less than 2 minutes. But, that intro and the feel and the sound of both the drums and acoustic guitars was appropriated by Elvis Costello for "Brilliant Mistake," the opening cut on "King Of America."
What interests me here is not one artist ripping off another, because once both songs take off, the resemblance, for the most part is over. It's also not a case of two songs sounding the same, like say "What's Going On'" and "Mercy, Mercy Me," both by Marvin Gaye. I just can't think of another pair of songs that begin precisely the same way, then open up to something completely different. Maybe you can, and over the course of a day's worth of comments, my obsession will wane when I see that this practice is not uncommon at all. Until then, I am shocked that this Everlys/Costello thing, after a Google search, has only been mentioned three times...all by yours truly. I guess I am easily amused, the older I get.
Okay, carry on.