Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Changing Overture or 10538 Man?

A modern music controversy?
#111: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS has always been struck as to remarkable similarities between the guitar riff of ELO's "10538 Overture" (1971) and Paul Weller's "The Changing Man" (1995), not forgetting The Beatles' "Dear Prudence" too. So, after a little 'research', I've now added both songs as Favourites on the ELO Beatles Forever YouTube channel for you to listen to, enjoy and compare plus a version by Def Leppard (2006) to surprise and/or even confuse you thus:

What "Do Ya" think folks? Are these versions close cousins or "Something Else"?

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 14-July-2010


  1. don't listen too hard to dear prudance either

  2. paul weller has admitted on several occasions that he took the whole baseline from 10538 overture and used it on changing man.

  3. It's a common semitone descending bassline, not plagiarism.

  4. I'm sure I once found a web site regarding song royalties that showed Jeff as a benefactor for Changing Man. I'll have to see if I can dig it out.