I remember hearing on MTV that this song “borrowed” heavily its melody from a 60s jazz group’s recording. I even recall seeing Kurt Loder talk about it and had a picture of the band. Anyone know who this group is?
You’re thinking of the influential 1960s band The Zombies.
What specific Zombies song was Walking on the Sun “borrowed” from?
It’s reminiscent of the chorus from “She’s Not There.”
Also, the keyboard line is very similar to Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man” off the “Takin’ Off” album (not the Headhunters version), which may be the jazz tie-in you’re looking for. You can listen to a bit of it here
Thanks for the replies, but I’m not positive the Zombies or Herbie Hancock is what I remember hearing. I can hear a similarity to the Zombies’ sound and the organ line in “Watermelon Man” does seem similar… The clip I remember hearing was electric and the instrument sounded similar to the guitar (I think it’s a guitar) that you hear at the beginning of the song.
I think the intro sounds just like The Doors song, Soul Kitchen…
Are you possibly thinking of the second song released by Smash Mouth, “I Can’t Get Enough of You Baby?” It was a remake of a song by one hit wonders “Question Mark and the Mysterians.”
I wonder if it’s just that all rock keyboard lines sound similar? For instance, the organ in the intro to “Swing, Swing” by the All-American Rejects always reminds me of the organ in the chorus of “Dr Robert” by the Beatles.