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Lainie
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quote:
Originally posted by Brandi:
Wasn't there an actual lawsuit over the soundalike qualities of "He's So Fine" and "My Sweet Lord"?

Yes. George Harrison lost, IIRC, and wrote a song about the experience, called "This Song."

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quote:
Originally posted by Hans Off:
The Imperial March from Star Wars and "Spoonful of sugar" from Mary Poppins

I though that I was the only one who heard this! Sure - it's a dark minor key version, but it's there!

There are uncomfortable similarities bewteen "Dani California" (RHCP) and Tom Petty's "Mary Jane's Last Dance" check this link for for comparison MP3.


The riff from Green Day's "Warning" is a rip off of "Picture Book" by The Kinks.

Green Day again - the melody line of "Waiting" is a direct lift of Petula Clark's "Downtown".

Although sued for plagiarism over "My Sweet Lord", George Harrison has had his own share of rip-offs. The chorus from Harrison's "What Is Life" was reborn in The Sweet's "Fox On The Run", and "Isn't It A Pity" got recycled in Alice Cooper's "Only Women Bleed". Ironically, both of these songs appeared on the same album as "My Sweet Lord".

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The Strokes "Last Night" and Tom Petty's "American Girl"
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quote:
Originally posted by musicgeek:
quote:
Originally posted by Lady Moon:
"Rising sun" is Amazing Grace -- in a higher key.

If you mean "House of the Rising Sun," then no. Is there a song simply titled "Rising Sun" that you mean?
No, I mean "House of the Rising Sun".

And I bow to those more musically adept than I, though I maintain I have heard them exactly the same.

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Lady Moon
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A case of a writer ripping off himself:

"Cherry, Cherry" by Neil Diamond and "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" by the Monkees.

Both written by Neil Diamond.

Lady "I like Cherry Cherry better" Moon

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The opening riffs of the Who's "My Generation Blues" and "Sesame Street" sound a lot alike to me.

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The opening of All You Need is Love and the French national anthem.

Pogue

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The intro to "Hells Bells" (AC/DC) and "For Whom the Bell Tolls" (Metallica); granted, they're both just bells ringing, but still...

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Jason Threadslayer
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quote:
Originally posted by Pogue Mahone:
The opening of All You Need is Love and the French national anthem.

And the 1812 Overture (which also rips off Bozhe Tsaria Khrani).

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quote:
Originally posted by Signora Del Drago:
Many songs, or at least snippets of them, have a quite similar sound. I can't think of one right now, and the only reason I'm posting is to suggest singing "Amazing Grace" to the tune of "The House of the Rising Sun." Impressive.

A visiting youth group put Amazing Grace's lyrics to any number of pop songs. THotRS was one. It also went very nicely with The Eagles' Peaceful Easy Feeling.

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quote:
Originally posted by GrandMal de Caesar:
The lyrics to Gilligan's Island can be sung to Stairway to Heaven. It is very amusing. And of course, totally off this topic.

You mean Stairway to Gilligan's Island by Little Roger & The Goosebumps?
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I always thought the choruses to Michael Jackson's 'You Are Not Alone', Mariah Carey's 'Hero' and U2s 'Staring At The Sun' sounded quite similar.
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The Blackadder theme song and "America the Beautiful."

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The Eagles "Lyin' Eyes" and Dr Hook's "If I said you had a beautiful body"
The verse melodies are completely identical, note for note, although the chord progressions differ slightly.

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Aretha Franklin's "Rescue Me" and 4 Tops's "Can't Help Myself" (Sugarpie Honeybunch) have almost the exact same backbeat. There are a few beats that are different, but they sound almost the same to me.
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Okay, last things first, Fontella Bass sang Rescue Me, not Aretha.

And along the same lines as Neil Diamond, John Fogarty was actually sued (*) by Sol Zantz because The Old Man Down the Road, which he didn't have the rights to, sounded too much like Run Through the Jungle, which, through means most would consider unethical, (**) he did have the rights to.

As for "God Save the Queen" / "Let Freedom Ring" (My Country 'Tis of Thee) and "To Anacreon in Heaven" / "Star-Spangled Banner", I'm not sure those would count, since those were intentional. Same for The Alphabet song, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and Baa Baa Black Sheep.

And relating to nothing else in this topic so far, you can sing Why Don't We Do It In the Road to the Beatles' instrumental Flying.

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**certainly John does, just listen to Vance Can't Dance for a clue about that

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quote:
Originally posted by atimnie:
And relating to nothing else in this topic so far, you can sing Why Don't We Do It In the Road to the Beatles' instrumental Flying.

Or any other 12-bar blues, for that matter. Funny thing about standard chord progressions...

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quote:
Originally posted by Purple Iguana:

Tangentially related... my sister also commented that if you're driving along and the lines in the middle of the road were passing to the beat of "Duke of Earl," you were going exactly 55 mph. Um... but she doesn't drive, so I'm not sure where she got this.

There was some comedian who'd been going off about that. I don't remember who it was, but my mom and I tested it, and it's true! [Big Grin]

quote:
Originally posted by Lainie:
Garrison Keillor once told a story about singing the lyrics of "Amazing Grace" to the tune of "The Mickey Mouse Club."

Try it.

I'd always heard it as to theme to Gilligan's Island, also. It works, and it's scary!

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I noticed that, that Britney Spears song where she whines about being rich and famous has a bass line remarkably similar to "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King.

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How about the beginning riffs to No Doubt's "Dont Speak" and Supertramp's "Breakfast in America"?
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quote:
Originally posted by Rehcsif:
Saigon Kick's "Love is on the way" and Nickelback's "Photograph". Almost the exact same melody.

-Tim

I never realized that! I thought I was the only one in the world that still remembered "Saigon Kick." Interesting...

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That crappy Jet song and the Iggy Pop one.
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Oasis 'Hindu Times' and Stereophonics 'Same Size Feet' have an almost identical riff.

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quote:
Originally posted by Glowy Chloe:
There's a cellphone commercial out now that uses a tune that sounds like T-Rex doing _Spirit in the Sky_. Anyone know what that is?

That would be Norman Greenbaum doing "Spirit in the Sky." I think I have heard "Bang a Gong" lately, but I don't know if it is for the same thing.

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Mistletoey Chloe
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No, I know who recorded _Spirit in the Sky,_ and this sounds far more like T-Rex than Norman Greenbaum. Plus, it's not actually _Spirit in the Sky_: it just sounds like it. I think the Goldfrapp suggestion may have been on to something.

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Chloe, it is Goldfrapp - T Mobile in the UK used the same track in their ads here.

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Ah well, sitting corrected then. Now I wonder if I'm even thinking of the correct commercial.

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You can sing the Moravian Blessing to the tune of "Sesame Street" and "Be Present at Our Table Lord" to the Flaminco. I learned both of these in church.

Also, I drive my sister crazy by singing "Mary Had a Little Lamb" while she's in the Mythril Mines in Final Fantasy VII. She'll now only play through that part when I'm not around.

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There's a song by Jessica Simpson, when it starts I always think sheis about to sing a little ditty, 'bout Jack and Dianne.
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Not sure that obvious samples really count. [Smile]

(Under Pressure/Ice Ice Baby, Janie's Cryin'/Wild Thing, etc.)

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quote:
Originally posted by Bach_girl:
I never realized that! I thought I was the only one in the world that still remembered "Saigon Kick." Interesting...

The first time I heard the Nickelback song I could have sworn someone was doing a much more intense cover of Saigon Kick...

-Tim

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quote:
Originally posted by Rehcsif:
quote:
Originally posted by Bach_girl:
I never realized that! I thought I was the only one in the world that still remembered "Saigon Kick." Interesting...

The first time I heard the Nickelback song I could have sworn someone was doing a much more intense cover of Saigon Kick...

-Tim

They sure do, I never realized that before. I guess that would explain why I like Nickelback so much though.

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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by Rehcsif:
Saigon Kick's "Love is on the way" and Nickelback's "Photograph". Almost the exact same melody.

-Tim

I never realized that! I thought I was the only one in the world that still remembered "Saigon Kick." Interesting...
Nope, you're not the only one. Although I have to admit, I prefer "All I Want" to "Love is on the Way."

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Bob Marley's "Buffalo Soldier" (the "na-na-na-na na-na-na-na" part and the music from "The Banana Splits".

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There's also the now classic "Nickleback plagiarizes itself". Story at NPR at:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4258547

The story also mentions that Avril Lavine's "No More Happy Endings" is 90% the same song as well.

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