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PD: Clichés25 Oct 2002 11:18

The I > vi > ii > V  clché can be found in Mad The Swine, Love Of My Life, Bohemian Rhapsody, Spread Your Wings, Play The Game.
The most overused four-chord in the pop-rock music cliché is: I > vi > IV > V  which I still have not found in the songbook of Queen. Has anyone?
The gold-medalist cliché in rockmusic is the 12-bar blues:
it is used in the verse of I Want To Break Free, and also in See What A Fool I've Been.

In "I'm In Love With My Car" there is:
i > III > VII > VI

This is a close relative of the 1-6-4-5 cliché, but less overused. From the top of my head I can tell only one example of this: Nirvana: Polly. You probably can find more.

A trademark-like cliché of Queen was the I > V > vi with step-wise descending bass.
Bohemian Rhapsody
We Are The Champions
It's A Hard Life
Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke
...
I can't say too much about this progression. Other songwriters use it too.
The V6/4 chord often works as transition between I and vi. The middle chord varies:
iii (Champions), bVII (Play The Game), VII and vii (Drowse),...

Don't Stop Me Now starts with
I > iii > vi > ii > V > I

This progression consists of one major third step and a five-piece chain of fifths. The chain of fifths is considered to be a cliché (just take the aforementioned I > vi > ii > V > I progression), but I can't tell another song with exactly this chord progression from the top of my head. You surely can, can't you?


One more cliché-cadence: bVI > bVII > I
It can be found in Play The Game and Crazy Little Thing, and in numerous pop/rock song.
Does anyone know a song-example with this progression before the sixties?

Back to the  1 6 4 5 and 1 6 2 5 clichés. I suspect these originate in classical music. Can anyone tell me examples?


Line clichés:
Minor chord with chromatic descending inner line from 8 downwards.
Death On Two Legs, March Of The Black Queen,...
...

Now a line cliché with two moving and one fixed part
Bicycle Race:
   top: Bb  Bb  Bb
middle: G   Gb  F
bottom: Eb  D   Db
chords: Eb Daug Bbm


the same progression in "Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon"
Piano chords during "...honeymoon"

   top: Bb  Bb  Bb  Bb
middle: G   Gb  F   E
bottom: Eb  D   Db  C
chords: Eb Daug Bbm C7 (5th added by the lead vocal)


Again: I need you to bring an as-well-known-as-possible example for these two very similar clichés.


Bring Back That Leroy Brown:
        we want Leroy | for  president
   top: C   C   C   C |  F   F   F   F
middle: E   F   Gb  G |  A   Bb  B   C
bottom: C   D   Eb  E |  F   G   Ab  A


It's definitely one of the more frequent used clichás of the Tin Pan Alley style. COuld someone tell an example with this progression?

A similar cliché pattern in reversed form can be found in "Bohemian Rhapsody" end of the first verse:
   top: Eb  Eb  Eb  Eb  (Eb)
middle: C   Bb  A   Ab  (G )
bottom: Ab  G   Gb  F   (Eb)


This progression can be found in complete form (in F Major) at the end of the song.


A nice blues-ckiché in Lost Opportunity:
T: E  E  E  E
M: D  C# C  B
B: B  A# A  G#



A page with cliché examples and Queen references:
*www.cc.jyu.fi

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