Hook (Blues Traveller) Easter Egg - I Well Disguised Resampling of a Classic

If you listen closely to the chord progression in this song, you might notice that it is the identical harmony to Pachelbel's Canon in D. To the best of my knowledge, they did this on purpose.

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Contributed By: Benjamin A. Fiore on 08-09-1999
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Special Requirements: Any Blues Traveller CD with the song "Hook" (or a radio that is playing the song) and some knowledge of classical music.
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Nik writes:
This song is genius for doing that, though, different than other songs, simply because it's intentions for doing it are clearly stated in the song. The chorus is the "Hook" and it keeps bringing you back. Johnny Popper is right on.
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disco fever writes:
The chord progression does closely mimic Cannon in D (the fourth chord is slightly different), and many songs feature this same chord progression. Green Day "Basket Case", the first few measures of Goo Goo Dolls' "Amigone," that stupid "Graduation Song" that came out a few years ago, etc. This doesn't diminish Popper's intent, though. Clever songwriting.
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actually, blues traveler has a lot of peter pan connections... does "second star to the right and straight on 'til morning" ring a bell? "hook" was a peter pan movie, and john popper sang about not growing up, i don't remember if it was "hook" or another song, but anyway... just my two cents :)
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Icarus206 writes:
I noticed this about a month after the song came out, and I remember reading a short while after (wasn't it in the album liner notes?)a quote from John Popper affirming that the bass line was Pachelbel's Canon in D.
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Blues Traveler also used this progression, perhaps more obviously, in their song "Yours" from their album "Straight On Til Morning". The harmonica solo is quite obviously the same chord progression as Canon...
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DS writes:
Ok, this isn't any big surprise to those of us familiar with the well-known Canon. Not so much of an egg. However, the Green Day observation is pretty cool -- a little different in the chord pattern, but still pretty close. Nice!
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John writes:
Hook is actually in the key of A. Cannon is (obviously) in D. Otherwise, yes... they are exactly the same. I made a mix of the two. You can download it at http://www.jckamman.com/music.html Unfortunately, Popper sounds like he was kicked in the groin because of the key change that was necessary. The key is now B... a nice compromise
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KCM writes:
i've listened to this song a BILLION times and i never caught onto that until i read the above comment (and yes, i am an avid classical music fan)...thanks!
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Yimmerz writes:
Dude, lotsof artists do this. Don't mean to sound like a jerk, but it's not big deal.
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