a user in our German forum has started an interesting conversation (link to the original post in German language).
I bought both - Selling England and A Trick of the Tail - together and got to know them on the same day, which makes me more aware of a certain similarity between Battle of Epping Forest and Robbery, Assault & Battery. Not only in thematic terms are both songs humorous looks at heavy British boys and offer Gabriel and Collins the opportunity to celebrate role-playing lyrically, but musically I also see overlap:
The passage ""He's leaving via the roof, the bastard's got away" sounds almost the same melodically as "Amidst the battle roar, accountants keep the score". Banks' previous instrumental parts from 3:17 of Epping Forest and from 2:36 on Robbery, Assault and Battery also sound pretty similar to me.
I would assume a coincidental similarity, but who knows. Has anyone else noticed this?
I have never noticed that until I checked it earlier today. What do you think?