The Brazilian Whitman

Attempts to explain poet and composer Caetano Veloso to non-Brazilians typically refer to him as a Brazilian  John Lennon orBob Dylan … Jessica Callaway, however, argues that if comparisons must be made, in spirit and sensibility, Veloso is more aptly described as a close comrade of Walt Whitman.

— The Brazil Reader: History, Culture, Politics, ed. Levine and Crocitti

The Kinks > Bollywood > The Black Eyed Peas

It’s a well-documented fact that The Black Eyed Peas’ 2005 earworm “Don’t Phunk With My Heart” is based on the swinging 70s Bollywood schlager “Aye Naujawan Hai Sab Kuchh Yahan“.

But did Kalyanji—Anandji, the duo that composed “Aye Naujawan”, get their signature hook (the part of “Don’t Phunk” that goes Don’t you worry about a thing, baby) from The Kinks’ “Victoria” (1969)?

Skip to 1:42—Land of hope and gloria (terrible lyric, and an odd refrain for such a driving song).

Do you hear it?

Just a stray thought. I’d never heard “Victoria” before.