Here's some from from the British sketch comedy series, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, but with a slight difference -- and a bonus.
In addition to his talents as a comedian and dramatic actor, Hugh Laurie is also an accomplished, serious musician, both for piano and guitar (and a quite passable singer, as well). In fact, last year he released his second blues album and even went on tour with his backup group. As such, every once in a while, he would write and perform a comic song for the comedy show.
Here then is "Mystery."
And now the bonus.
In more recent days, I've heard a very popular song -- indeed, an Oscar-winning one -- by an even more-popular artist, and I'd scratch my head, because it sounded so familiar. But for the life of me, I couldn't figure out why. And then I finally realized...
The song is Adele's "Skyfall," written for the James Bond film and winning the Oscar as Best Song. And I just couldn't stop laughing when it hit me how much similarity it had to Hugh Laurie's "Mystery" -- written 25 years earlier.
To be clear, unlike the other comparison-songs I've posted here, these aren't dopplegangers. But there's enough in common between the two (even some of the point of the lyrics) that it now makes it near-impossible for me to listen to the super-seriousness of "Skyfall" with a straight face.
If you don't remember the latter, take a listen --
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