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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 15 December 2004 02:37 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
We haven't had a frivolous music thread in awhile, so I thought I would start one. I think we may have done this a while ago, but this thread is dedicated to songs that are cloned, in whole or in part, from earlier songs. Tee best known examples are:

  • George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" reinterprets "He's So Fine" (a judge ruled that he "unconsciously appropriated" the song)
  • "Hot Rod Hearts" by Robbie Neville was ruled to be a copy of the Doobie Brothers' "What A Fool Believes" (apologies for the earworms on both counts)
  • "Has Anybody Seen My Baby" by the Rolling Stones was so similar to kd lang's "Constant Craving" that their record company insisted on giving her a songwriter's credit

My nominations to kick off the thread:

  • "Vertigo" by U2 is "You Keep Me Hanging On" by the Supremes (it's uncanny)
  • "Who Will Save Your Soul" by Jewel is basically new words set to Elvis Costello's "Watching The Detectives"

Other nominations?


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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 16 December 2004 12:24 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Any other nominations?
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posted 16 December 2004 12:28 PM      Profile for Agent 204   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Green Day's "Pulling Teeth" sounds a heck of a lot like the Cascades' "Rhythm of the Rain". The chorus is different, but the verses are almost identical.
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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 06 January 2005 06:27 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This one just struck me on the weekend while channel surfing (quickly, I assure you) past a rerun of The Fresh Prince...

"Back to Life" by Soul2Soul

is based on

"Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple

Yes, really


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candle
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posted 08 January 2005 06:47 PM      Profile for candle     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"She Hates Me" by Puddle of Mudd rips off several songs:

1) There is a bit in that sounds exactly like "I Got a Girl" by Tripping Daisy (which was the old band of the guy from The Polyphonis Spree). I thought I was the only one that noticed this when it came out but I found a Much Music interview where Bradford How asks the singer about it and he feigns ignorance

2) The opening part bears a striking similarity to "Summer Lovin'" from Grease.

3) Finally the rest of the song rips off Suicdial Tendencies "I Saw Your Mommy". If I was the Puddle of Mudd guy I wouldn't want to mess with Mike Muir

4) Others have pointed it out that it copies "Pretend that We're Dead" by L7. Although essentially L7 had taken the ST riff before. But at least L7 rawks which is a lot more than I can say for Fred Durst's proteges.


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Reality. Bites.
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posted 08 January 2005 06:55 PM      Profile for Reality. Bites.        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I hope this isn't too "drifty" but I love the Simpsons and Family Guy parodies/homages like:

We resemble but are legally distinct from the Lollypop Guild, the Lollypop Guild, the Lollypop Guild.

See my vest, see my vest.


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posted 08 January 2005 07:41 PM      Profile for Contrarian     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Science-fiction fans write filk songs [a combination of folk and filch], rewording popular songs to reflect Star Trek themes or whatever.
Example
quote:
Merry Star Wars To You
Words: Jason Christoble
Tune: "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire"

Ewoks roasting on an open fire
Death Star targeting your nose
Jawas singing in a Tattooine choir
And folks dressed up like 3P0's...



This place looks like a good source for filk songs.

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posted 08 January 2005 08:39 PM      Profile for Agent 204   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Just thought of another copytrack- They Might Be Giants' "Istanbul Not Constantinople" is really "Puttin' On The Ritz" (from Young Frankenstein and some older movie/musical whose name eludes me).
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posted 08 January 2005 09:47 PM      Profile for Suzette     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Istanbul (Not Constantinople) was at hit for The Four Lads in 1953; whether or not this is the original original, I'm not sure. It does have a lot in common with Puttin' on the Ritz, though, as you say. The Four Lads' version is well worth a listen, if you can find it. Insane clowns and creepy carnivals spring to my mind when I hear it, but that could say more about my childhood than the song itself.
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posted 08 January 2005 11:18 PM      Profile for Agent 204   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hmm. I believe the Four Lads were Canadian, along with the Crew Cuts and a couple of other vocal groups of the era. And I had heard that one of those groups had done the song, but I've never come across it. Thanks for clarifying that.

[ 08 January 2005: Message edited by: Mike Keenan ]


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al-Qa'bong
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posted 02 March 2006 12:58 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hello, I Love You by The Doors is a rip off of The Kinks' All Day and All of the Night.

Glenn Miller's "In the Mood" was a lot like Horace Henderson's "Hot and Anxious", which was itself based upon "Doin' The Voom Voom" by Bubber Miley and Duke Ellington.


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posted 02 March 2006 01:27 AM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well for a while there you couldn't get a club date unless you did a Bo Diddily.
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posted 02 March 2006 01:40 AM      Profile for Crippled_Newsie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Cueball:
Well for a while there you couldn't get a club date unless you did a Bo Diddily.

There used to be gay bars that you couldn't get into unless you did a Bodiddly on the doorman, to prove you weren't a cop. But.... thats not what you meant, I guess.


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Lard Tunderin' Jeezus
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posted 02 March 2006 01:44 AM      Profile for Lard Tunderin' Jeezus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Dandy Warhols' 'Bohemian like you' is a double Stones rip-off, with the guitar riff from 'Brown Sugar' and the chorus of "Hoo-Hoo"s from 'Sympathy for the Devil'.

...still in all, not a bad tune.


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posted 02 March 2006 02:25 PM      Profile for obscurantist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Werewolves of London" musically sounds a lot like "Sweet Home Alabama." Lyrically, however, Zevon's song rips Lynyrd Skynyrd's lungs out, Jim.

And the piano riff in Dire Straits' "Industrial Disease" can be heard about 15 years earlier in the Kinks song "Too Much On My Mind."


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HalfAnHourLater
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posted 02 March 2006 02:41 PM      Profile for HalfAnHourLater     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Coldplay's TALK takes the riff from Kraftwerk's "Computerlove", and speeds it up a bit? I wonder if Kraftwerk received any credit...
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posted 02 March 2006 03:35 PM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Jets borrow heavily from both AC/DC and the Rolling Stones.

MSTRKRFT (playing Sta. night for CMW at Lee's) completely rework tracks from the Metrics, Wolfparade and the Bloc Party into cool dance numbers.

Don't know if that counts.


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kimmy
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posted 02 March 2006 04:25 PM      Profile for kimmy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A chunk of Greenday's "Jesus of Suburbia" is ripped almost note for note from "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash...
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Agent 204
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posted 19 March 2006 09:57 PM      Profile for Agent 204   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Here's another- the chorus of Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" is an awful lot like that of Faith Hill's "Breathe" (!)
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al-Qa'bong
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posted 19 March 2006 11:04 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by al-Qa'bong:
Hello, I Love You by The Doors is a rip off of The Kinks' All Day and All of the Night.


Oh yeah, and Sub mission by the Pistols rips it off even further.

Hmm, "Les Bourgeois" by Jacques Brel is playing on nostalgie.fr right now...and it doesn't sound anything like Leadbelly's Bourgeois Blues.

There was a Madonna tune that I used to hear on the fab shop radio back in '86 or so (it could be called True Love) that sounded a lot like Herb Alpert's Acapulco 1922 .

[I heard Stephen Colbert repeatedly refer to Alpert as Herb Albert last week. Boot to the head...from a lonely bull]


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posted 20 March 2006 01:19 AM      Profile for Wee Mousie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
“Twist & Shout” by the Isley Brothers was musically identical to “La Bamba” by Ritchie Valens.
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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 20 March 2006 02:34 AM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The chorus of "The Theme from The Brady Bunch" is a rip off of Lightfoot's "Cotton Ginny". I realized that after hearing the theme repeatedly (got the first season DVD for the kids so that they could relive my childhood) and then finding that I had a "Cotton Ginny" earworm.
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posted 20 March 2006 05:12 AM      Profile for maestro     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The theme from Ghostbusters and the Huey Lewis tune 'I Want A New Drug'.

First Huey Lewis sues Ray Parker, and gets a settlement, then Ray Parker sues Huey Lewis for commenting on the issue after agreeing that no comment would be made by either party other than that in the press release issued at the time.

God I love the entertainment industry...


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posted 20 March 2006 06:48 AM      Profile for Agent 204   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Scott Piatkowski:
The chorus of "The Theme from The Brady Bunch" is a rip off of Lightfoot's "Cotton Ginny". I realized that after hearing the theme repeatedly (got the first season DVD for the kids so that they could relive my childhood) and then finding that I had a "Cotton Ginny" earworm.

Actually, speaking of Lightfoot ripoffs, you just reminded me of Whitney Houston's "Greatest Love of All", whose chorus is a lot like that of "If You Could Read My Mind".


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