Borrowing – not necessarily copying! – happens a lot in pop music, and you might be surprised to learn just how many songs, dance hits and the like indulge in a spot of it from classical sources.
The Borrowers is going to explore those links, from the obvious – and they don’t come much more obvious than Emerson, Lake and Palmer or Yes! – to the much more subtle, which is where the likes of Janet Jackson or The Pet Shop Boys come in.
If you’d like a particular piece of music to be put under the microscope, get in touch with some suggestions!
First up is Manfred Mann’s Earth Band with Joybringer – inspired by Holst’s The Planets, no less! Following that it might not be a surprise to learn that Pachelbel’s Canon is responsible for a number of songs, chiefly Village People’s Go West!