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Ever hear one song that sounds a little too similar to one another?

Certainly, most of us have heard of the musical similarities between I Want A New Drug and Ghostbusters, or U Can't Touch This and Super Freak, but what about others?

I was inspired to bring this up when I was listening to Womanizer recently, and thinking that the background sounded familiar. Unfortunately, I couldn't place it. I kept running the music of Womanizer over and over again without the words, and it finally hit me why it sounded familiar - it's the Theme from Lidsville!
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Huey Lewis settled out of court over Ghostbusters theme and he was very pleased.
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Anyone who has studied music will know there is a long "traditon" of some songs having the same chord progression. A recent example is the Kid Rock song "All Summer Long." It doesn't take a rock afficianado to see the similarities between this and "Sweet Home Alabama". It also has a strong resemblance to "Werewolves of London." On Halloween night, I went to see a friend's band and they did a 15 minute jam of combining all 3 songs into one long jam. The most bizarre case of this is probably John Fogerty being sued for plagarizing himself. His solo hit "The Old Man Down the Road" was too similar to his old CCR hit, "Run Through the Jungle."
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On 2008-11-14 02:39, pepka wrote:
The most bizarre case of this is probably John Fogerty being sued for plagarizing himself. His solo hit "The Old Man Down the Road" was too similar to his old CCR hit, "Run Through the Jungle."

Woah, Status Quo are in big trouble then.
There's a flaming lips track (flight test, I think) that sounds exactly like "father and son" by Cat Stevens.
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On 2008-11-14 02:39, pepka wrote:
A recent example is the Kid Rock song "All Summer Long." It doesn't take a rock afficianado to see the similarities between this and "Sweet Home Alabama". It also has a strong resemblance to "Werewolves of London."


Also the line repeated through the chorus about 100 times "Singing Sweet home Alabama all summer long" might be a clue. The music for the song was created by Mike E. Clark, by combining audio samples of S.H.A. and Werewolves of London.
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On 2008-11-14 02:39, pepka wrote:
A recent example is the Kid Rock song "All Summer Long." It doesn't take a rock afficianado to see the similarities between this and "Sweet Home Alabama". It also has a strong resemblance to "Werewolves of London."


Also the line repeated through the chorus about 100 times "Singing Sweet home Alabama all summer long" might be a clue. The music for the song was created by Mike E. Clark, by combining audio samples of S.H.A. and Werewolves of London.


But hot *** that's a good song
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On 2008-11-14 02:15, Scott Cram wrote:
Ever hear one song that sounds a little too similar to one another?

Certainly, most of us have heard of the musical similarities between I Want A New Drug and Ghostbusters, or U Can't Touch This and Super Freak, but what about others?

I was inspired to bring this up when I was listening to Womanizer recently, and thinking that the background sounded familiar. Unfortunately, I couldn't place it. I kept running the music of Womanizer over and over again without the words, and it finally hit me why it sounded familiar - it's the Theme from Lidsville!


Add 'Der Kommissar' to that first list.
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On 2008-11-14 02:39, pepka wrote:
A recent example is the Kid Rock song "All Summer Long." It doesn't take a rock afficianado to see the similarities between this and "Sweet Home Alabama". It also has a strong resemblance to "Werewolves of London."


Also the line repeated through the chorus about 100 times "Singing Sweet home Alabama all summer long" might be a clue. The music for the song was created by Mike E. Clark, by combining audio samples of S.H.A. and Werewolves of London.

Well, yeah if you wanna go with the obvious.
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Pretty much every Creed song...listen to one and just sing the words from one of their other tunes over the current one you're listening to. Tom Petty also has several like that.


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A few years ago John Fogerty got sued because of his own music. Record execs accused him of sampling his own music for new songs... wow.
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I wonder if there are any relations to Pachelbel that feel they are getting stiffed?

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And wasn't there a famous lawsuit between Ice-T and David Bowie concerning the use of the bass line from "Under Pressure"? As I recall, Ice-T claimed his was unique because it had one extra note.

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Erik...I think you meant Vanilla Ice & Queen.

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Possibly the most intriguing to me was ABKCO Records lawsuit (and subsequent win) vs. The Verve. The Verve had originally licensed a sample of the Rolling Stones song "The Last Time" recorded by The Andrew Oldham Orchestra for their song "Bittersweet Symphony". When the copyright owners felt The Verve had sampled too much (and the album went platinum) they went after them for 100% of the royalties.
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On 2008-11-14 10:26, Living Illusions wrote:
Erik...I think you meant Vanilla Ice & Queen.

Kevin

Kevin... It was Vanilla Ice & Queen with David Bowie.
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There's a story about the Stones playing "Has anybody seen my Baby?" at a family record release party. And their kids started singing "Constant Cravings" to it. The stones paid royalties to K. D. Lang up front.

Using other peoples music used to be the norm. When classical composers traveled they would incorporate the music they heard into their songs, to tell the story of their experiences. Jazz and blues musicians incorporate the phrases from other songs all the time. And if you hear a band in an Irish pub, your lucky if they play more than 2 melodies all night.

The thing that really bugs me is when bands cover a song note for note, adding nothing.
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On 2008-11-14 10:26, Living Illusions wrote:
Erik...I think you meant Vanilla Ice & Queen.

Kevin

Kevin... It was Vanilla Ice & Queen with David Bowie.

Actually, you're both right, or wrong. It's Vanilla Ice and Queen WITH David Bowie.
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If you can hang out for the first 7 mins - it gets to what matters to us in then and Pachabel in particular: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVhQJZuFUOA
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Akon - "It don't matter" and R. Kelly - "Remix to Ignition".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgfFF_zWfyo

You can sing the Remix to Ignition lyrics to Akon's beat perfectly (he even put the echoes in the same place).
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