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Back in '88 I was struck by how the chorus of Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" resembled that of Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name". Up through the years, I've tried to convince people of this likeness, usually without success... until I found, earlier this year, that Orbital have done a live version of "Halcyon" merging the two. Hah! Vindicated!

OleM (OleM), Monday, 9 September 2002 21:44 (seventeen years ago) link

Silence Kit by Pavement sounds like Rollercoaster by Buddy Holly

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Monday, 9 September 2002 21:57 (seventeen years ago) link

The start of LCD Soundsystem's Beat Connection sounds exactly like the start of The Powerpuff Girls' Love Makes Thw Rold Go Round and is exactly one-sixth as good.

Graham (graham), Monday, 9 September 2002 22:01 (seventeen years ago) link

Back in '88 I was struck by how the chorus of Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" resembled that of Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name".

I hear a slight resemblance between the choruses of "Heaven is a Place on Earth" and Starz's "So Young, So Bad." Maybe it's just the chord changes.

Jody Beth Rosen, Monday, 9 September 2002 22:07 (seventeen years ago) link

The bridge late in the Chili Peppers "Give it Away" sounds an awful lot like Sabbath's "Sweet Leaf".

I'm sure there are several other "Sweet Leaf" rip-offs that I can;t think of right now.

Dave Beckhouse, Monday, 9 September 2002 22:16 (seventeen years ago) link

I noticed the Bon Jovi/Belinda Carlisle connection a couple years ago, while trying to playing Bon Jovi on the piano and accidentally coming out with Belinda Carlisle.

This is Smoke on the Water: Dun dun DUN, dun dun DUN-DUNN
This is Cat Scratch Fever: Dun dun DUN, dun-dun DUN

And hey, did anyone notice the resemblances between "Ice Ice Baby" and "Under Pressure"?

My name is Kenny, Monday, 9 September 2002 22:18 (seventeen years ago) link

The Rolling Stone's "Anybody Seen My Baby" and KD Lang's "Constant Craving".

Slump Man (Slump Man), Monday, 9 September 2002 22:35 (seventeen years ago) link

Coldplay's "Yellow" just *is* Ride's "OX4" - I've been utterly convinced of this from the moment I first heard the former but nobody listens to can sing one to the other and everything!

Charlie, Monday, 9 September 2002 22:42 (seventeen years ago) link

"So I figure we can scrape up an intro riff to this 'Ruby Soho' song by just tweaking an old Clash song."
"But that's what we always do!"
"Well people won't notice if it's one that nobody really knows. Like 'One Emotion' maybe."
"You're brilliant! Boy, I'm glad I left Operation Ivy for this!"

Nate Patrin, Monday, 9 September 2002 22:46 (seventeen years ago) link

And hey, did anyone notice the resemblances between "Ice Ice Baby" and "Under Pressure"?

You're shitting me. :-)

Jody Beth Rosen, Monday, 9 September 2002 22:48 (seventeen years ago) link

The riffs of Black Sabbath's "Hole in the Sky" and Blondie's "Call Me" and Blue Oyster Cult's "The Revenge of Vera Gemini."

Jody Beth Rosen, Monday, 9 September 2002 22:54 (seventeen years ago) link

The flamenco-guitar on Black Sabbath's "Don't Start (Too Late)" and Guns 'n' Roses' "Double Talkin' Jive."

(Sorry. Listening to Sabotage at the moment.)

Jody Beth Rosen, Monday, 9 September 2002 22:57 (seventeen years ago) link

Nirvana's "All Apologies" => Pixies "Levitate me"

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Monday, 9 September 2002 23:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Shakira - Underneath Your Clothes
The Bangles - Eternal Flame
timing is slightly different but the verse is alomst exactly the same melody. I've tried to mix them together.


dsico (dsico), Monday, 9 September 2002 23:30 (seventeen years ago) link

Speaking of Sabbath, "Dramamine" by Sebadoh (a Jake L song) cops a riff midway through from, damn, I think a breakdown in "Supernaut"?

(Not listening to Sab right now.)

wl, Monday, 9 September 2002 23:31 (seventeen years ago) link

moonblood "midnight" = burzum "det som engang var"

more terribly, the offspring's "get a job" and "o bla di o bla da" by the beatles have very similar choruses (try singing one over the other sometime, it's horrifying).

brian (yournullfame), Monday, 9 September 2002 23:43 (seventeen years ago) link

And hey, did anyone notice the resemblances between "Ice Ice Baby" and "Under Pressure"?

No, ice ice baby is "din din din di-di din doonn" and under pressure is "din din din di-di din din". fucks sake.

naked as sin, Tuesday, 10 September 2002 00:28 (seventeen years ago) link

George Washington and the Cherry Pickers' "Crisco Party" is basically "Wipeout" + vocals - drum solo.

James Blount, Tuesday, 10 September 2002 03:59 (seventeen years ago) link

Manics' "Roses In The Hospital" and Bowie's "Sound And Vision", although that sounds more like a semi-conscious "tribute" than either a cynical deliberate steal (cf. Oasis's early Beatles/T Rex theft) or an accidental appropriation (cf. Coldplay/Ride, probably and against my better judgement)...

Charlie, Tuesday, 10 September 2002 04:03 (seventeen years ago) link

I was just listening to "Wuthering Heights" by Kate Bush. It took me quite a while to figure out of what it was reminding me strongly, and it turned out to be "Paint a Vulgar Picture" by The Smiths. The way they both can't seem to settle into anything...

Furthermore, for the record: an obvious choice, perhaps, but Pulp's "A Little Soul" and Smokey R. and the M.'s "The Tracks of My Tears".

Captain Sleep (Captain Sleep), Tuesday, 10 September 2002 06:16 (seventeen years ago) link

When The Czar's "Song to the Siren" starts out, I always think it's Mogwai's "Yes! I am far away from home."

Leee, Tuesday, 10 September 2002 06:34 (seventeen years ago) link

"Bring Me Edelweiss" was a "S.O.S." knock-off. Gert Wilden's "Dirty Beat" nicks Zep's "Heartbreaker".

James Blount, Tuesday, 10 September 2002 06:38 (seventeen years ago) link

too many Stereolab songs to mention.

James Blount, Tuesday, 10 September 2002 06:40 (seventeen years ago) link

naughty by nature feat. 3lw - feels good to you = fat joe feat. ja rule & ashanti - what's luv?

minna (minna), Tuesday, 10 September 2002 07:11 (seventeen years ago) link

Doesn't Ice Ice Baby actually sample Under Pressure?

tigerclawskank, Tuesday, 10 September 2002 08:23 (seventeen years ago) link

Cracker's "Low" = Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy Man"
Radiohead's "Creep" = the Hollies' "The Air that I Breathe"
Go-Betweens' "Karen" = Patti Smith's "Dancing Barefoot"
Pere Ubu's "Final Solution" + "Heart of Darkness" = Blue Cheer's version of "Summertime Blues"
Bowie's "Jean Genie" = Yardbirds' version of "I'm a Man"
Prince's "2 Nigs United from West Compton" = Glenn Miller's "Pennsylvania 6-5000"

dave225 (Dave225), Tuesday, 10 September 2002 10:50 (seventeen years ago) link

BTW, done already.

dave225 (Dave225), Tuesday, 10 September 2002 10:52 (seventeen years ago) link

the strokes' "last nite" crops up the jam's "town called malice".
and what's the other song in their album that has the same structure and bassline than iggy pop's "the passenger"?

joan vich (joan vich), Tuesday, 10 September 2002 11:06 (seventeen years ago) link

X-Press 2 ft David Byrne "Lazy" is a total rip off of Frankie Knuckles & David Morales ft. Alison Limerick "Where Love Lives".

Other than that, the similarity of the intro to Cast's "Fine Time" and Guns'n'Roses "Paradise City" could be pretty confusing at indie discos in the mid-ninties, just when you're ready to blow the whistle and rock out with Axl, Izzy and Slash you get, "What's it all about? Do you really want to know..."


Stephen Burrows (steveeeeeeeee), Tuesday, 10 September 2002 11:50 (seventeen years ago) link

"The bridge late in the Chili Peppers "Give it Away" sounds an awful lot like Sabbath's "Sweet Leaf""

I'm sure that's no accident, given Rick Rubin's appreciation for old school metal.

The Manic Street Preachers' "If You Tolerate This Than Your Children Will Be Next" was alleged to have ripped off the Stranglers' "Duchess," but I find that a bit of a stretch.....and I'm a much bigger fan of the Stranglers than I'll ever be of the Manics.

Then, of course, Nirvana stole the riff from Killing Joke's "Eighties" for "Come as You Are." Little known fact is that my beloved Killing Joke stole that very same riff from the Damned's "Life Goes On" (on the STRAWBERRIES album).

Big Black's "L Dopa" off SONGS ABOUT FUCKING is virtually indistiguishable from Killing Joke's "the Wait".

The Germs' "No God" ripps the opening riff off of Yes' "Roundabout," but that's more willfull desecration rather than theft (despite the fact that guitarist Pat Smear is an unapologetic Yes fan).

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 10 September 2002 11:57 (seventeen years ago) link

The Cult swiped (via a sample) the ominous "buzz buzz buzz buzz" intro from Killing Joke's "Requiem" for the bridge in "The Witch" (originally on the soundtrack to the roundly derided cartoon, "Cool World"). Being the lovable bastards they are, despite being old touring mates, Killing Joke sued The Cult for it, and the sample was stricken from all other versions that have since been released (HIGH OCTANE CULT, etc.)

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 10 September 2002 12:01 (seventeen years ago) link

I was home sick yesterday, watched a Conan O'Brian rerun on Comedy Central and ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead was on, playing "Relative Ways," and I'll be damned if the main guitar riff (during the verses) doesn't rip the vocal melody from "On Broadway."

Nick A., Tuesday, 10 September 2002 12:12 (seventeen years ago) link

the Action Time - comedown blues steals the "ooh ooh"s from Manics - Motown Junk

Jens (brighter), Tuesday, 10 September 2002 16:49 (seventeen years ago) link

The White Stripes "Hotel Yorba" is a Country Joe and the Fish song, note for note, and even word for word at times. I don't know the name of the Country Joe song, but it goes "1,2,3, what are we fighting for, don't ask me I don't give a damn, next stop is Vietnam, and it's 5,6,7, open up the pearly gates" and could someone PLEASE tell me the name of this song? It fits so perfectly it's frightening.

Oh, and dancing at Mother to retro-ironic white trash trailer rock last night, I realised that there's a Sloan song which is Foghat's Slow Ride down to a T, but I can't remember which one it is.

kate, Tuesday, 10 September 2002 18:47 (seventeen years ago) link

Country Joe: "Feel like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag" I'll die if I have to hear it again. It's kind of a traditional folk song, so I wouldn't credit Country Joe McDonald.

dave225 (Dave225), Tuesday, 10 September 2002 18:50 (seventeen years ago) link

"Vicious" by Lou Reed steals from "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart. I can't even listen to the Lou Reed song without "MM"'s lyrics taking Reed's place.

Butthole Surfers' "Human Cannibal" is "The Rose" by Bette Middler. Sing along. "Some say love..."; it's eerie.

I'm blanking right now....

Vic Funk, Tuesday, 10 September 2002 20:13 (seventeen years ago) link

I just heard Sheryl Crow's "Steve McQueen" on the radio, which steals the "hoo-hoos" straight from Steve Miller Band's "Take the Money and Run".

Vinnie (vprabhu), Tuesday, 10 September 2002 20:38 (seventeen years ago) link

i'm always going on about this but i can't think of many at the moment...
the high pitched voice bit of hash pipe by weezer is very like that "somewhere in my heart there is a star that shines for you" song though...

robin (robin), Wednesday, 11 September 2002 00:17 (seventeen years ago) link

Rod Stewart - "Do you think I'm Sexy" steals Gilberto Gil/Jorge Ben's "Taj Mahal"

that Spirit song (?) -> "Stairway to Heaven" -> that Metallica song (?)

That Offspring song rips of Simon & Garfunk's Cecilia.

A Nairn (moretap), Wednesday, 11 September 2002 00:58 (seventeen years ago) link

The Buzzcocks' "Something's Gone Wrong Again" reminds me of a decade-later postpunk (in)version of the Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog", what with the "dinkdinkdinkdinkdinkdink" piano and the sludgy partway drawn-out guitar notes and the general Neanderthal rhythm. The vocals are a completely different story, though, which just makes the cop more interesting.

Nate Patrin, Wednesday, 11 September 2002 05:25 (seventeen years ago) link

more white stripes... i say 'little room' borrows from jim croce's 'you don't mess around with jim'.

brian badword (badwords), Wednesday, 11 September 2002 05:33 (seventeen years ago) link

the israelites by ? = the theme from shaft

minna (minna), Wednesday, 11 September 2002 06:00 (seventeen years ago) link

It's interesting how subjective all this is. I would never hear Israelites (Desmond Dekker, btw) in Theme from Shaft, or Maggie May in Vicious...

Anyway, Call Me / Blondie = What She Said / Smiths

bham, Wednesday, 11 September 2002 08:23 (seventeen years ago) link

one month passes...
shakiras underneath your clothes reminds me of michael jacksons man in the mirror

gareth (gareth), Tuesday, 22 October 2002 16:06 (seventeen years ago) link

It appears that about a million years ago, I once started one of these threads too - Too close for comfort?

Kim (Kim), Tuesday, 22 October 2002 21:22 (seventeen years ago) link

one year passes...
"Orphans" by Teenage Jesus and the Jerks seems to share a riff with "London Calling"...

Chris F. (servoret), Friday, 12 December 2003 06:19 (sixteen years ago) link

Junior Senior's "boy meets girl" rips off the band's "wheel's on fire" for the verse. i thought that they sampled it at first it's so shameless

brains (cerybut), Friday, 12 December 2003 06:54 (sixteen years ago) link

Red Blooded Woman by Kylie is so totally Cry Me A River

Alex in Doncaster (Alex in Doncaster), Friday, 12 December 2003 07:34 (sixteen years ago) link

Digital Emotion's "Outside in the Dark" rips the groove from "Billy Jean".

Matt Boch (Matt Boch), Friday, 12 December 2003 09:00 (sixteen years ago) link

Two songs that are alost exactly the same:

The Doll "Burning up like a fire"
The Cars "Just what I needed"

Odd as they came out at very similar times and it would be unlikely that one would have heared the other....

Maybe its cuz they are both dull and derivative...

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 12 December 2003 10:52 (sixteen years ago) link

Camila Cabello - "Cry for Me" and The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "All Along the Watchtower"

daavid, Friday, 18 October 2019 20:37 (four months ago) link

On Pavement's "Carrot Rope" (1999) Malkmus sings this little melodic lick on the chorus that goes "explaining that you are worthwhile" that sounds like a direct cop of:

Lilys - "Year Of The Monkey", the part that Kurt sings "I could always look a hypocrite baby... Pay no mind".

Although this could be me exposing my rather embarrassing Beatles/Lennon blind spot... sounds like it could be a Rubber Soul/Revolver nick.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 19 October 2019 04:11 (four months ago) link

Lilys song is from 1994.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 19 October 2019 04:12 (four months ago) link

also it's the Carrot Rope PRE-chorus...

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 19 October 2019 04:12 (four months ago) link

Thin Lizzy - Waiting for an Alibi
Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl

drunk on hot toddies (morrisp), Monday, 21 October 2019 18:01 (four months ago) link

Only just this week realized that Talk by Coldplay seemed so familiar somehow because I did already know it as Computer Love by Kraftwerk.

Manitobiloba (Kim), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 01:50 (four months ago) link

dababy - intro
rick ross - apple of my eye ft raphael saadiq

de-mamba mentality (Spottie), Friday, 1 November 2019 17:55 (three months ago) link

Sounds a lot like Love Will Tear Us Apart

Evan, Friday, 1 November 2019 18:28 (three months ago) link

that's a good one, spottie

kanye kendrick frank kendrick frank kanye (voodoo chili), Friday, 1 November 2019 18:35 (three months ago) link

that apple of my eye beat really a whole different class than the dababy one.

de-mamba mentality (Spottie), Friday, 1 November 2019 18:37 (three months ago) link

The main melodic line of King Crimson's "Talk to the Wind" is a rip-off of Michelle by the Beatles.

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 8 November 2019 21:39 (three months ago) link

that apple of my eye beat really a whole different class than the dababy one.

― de-mamba mentality (Spottie), Friday, November 1, 2019 1:37 PM (one week ago) bookmarkflaglink

fun fact friday, the guy who produced that beat currently plays for the cleveland browns:

kanye kendrick frank kendrick frank kanye (voodoo chili), Friday, 8 November 2019 21:43 (three months ago) link

the intros of R.E.M.'s "Find the River" and Nick Drake's "Northern Sky"

Number None, Sunday, 10 November 2019 20:12 (three months ago) link

i'm sure people have noted the similarities between the dukes of stratosphear's 'vanishing girl' and 'the lion sleeps tonight,' but today i was also struck by the fact that the chorus melody bears striking similarity to 'seeing other people' by belle & sebastian

kanye kendrick frank kendrick frank kanye (voodoo chili), Thursday, 14 November 2019 20:00 (three months ago) link

surprised this hasn't been mentioned yet:

Gene Clark's "Strength of Strings" is very, very similar to Neil Young's "Words"

Peaceful Warrior I Poser (Karl Malone), Thursday, 14 November 2019 20:22 (three months ago) link

Billy Ocean - Red Light Spells Danger

Belle and Sebastian - Sleep the Clock Around

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Monday, 18 November 2019 10:13 (three months ago) link

Pretenders - I'll Stand By You

Bonnie Tyler - It's a Heartache

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Monday, 18 November 2019 10:21 (three months ago) link

Tom Waits' "Fish & Bird" practically quotes the melody of "Somewhere" from West Side Story (the "There's a place for us" part), which Waits had also recorded earlier.

punning display, Monday, 18 November 2019 16:46 (three months ago) link

Randy Rhoads' solo on Quiet Riot's "Slick Black Cadillac" is just the intro to "Love -> Building On Fire"!

Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Sunday, 24 November 2019 21:29 (three months ago) link

Sister riffs: Rolling Stones, "It Must Be Hell" / Michael Jackson, "Black or White"

FODMAP of the reef (morrisp), Monday, 25 November 2019 23:22 (three months ago) link

the theme music for the cartoon series Extreme Dinosaurs sounds like 'All She Wants to Do Is Dance' by extreme classic rock dinosaur Don Henley

deepchord presents echosmith (unregistered), Monday, 2 December 2019 20:29 (two months ago) link

Godflesh "Mothra" and Helmet "Rude" are at least similar enough to turn into a medley in my head

"Third of the Storms" Jazz (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 16 December 2019 09:17 (two months ago) link

Christmas song 'In Dulci Jubilo' (Mike Oldfield's version) sounds like the children's nursery rhyme 'One Finger, One Thumb, Keep Moving'

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 13:54 (two months ago) link

DARE by the Gorillaz is just Fantasy by Mariah Carey slowed down
the chorus of Stupid horse sounds really similar to the theme tune of What's new, Scooby doo?
i dont remember what made me think this, but i feel like Never had the balls by Rex Orange County and Hounds Of Love by Kate Bush could mix real easy

GotToGeIt, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 20:26 (two months ago) link

DARE by the Gorillaz is just Fantasy by Mariah Carey slowed down

Can you spell this out? I'm not getting it

kinder, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 21:02 (two months ago) link

The chorus of CCR's "Wrote a Song for Everyone" closely echoes the chorus of "The Weight" in both melody and lyrical structure. So closely that I thought it must be commonly recognized, but I couldn't find any reference to it.

Wrote a song for everyone,
Wrote a song for truth.
Wrote a song for everyone
And I couldn't even talk to you.

Take a load off, Fanny
Take a load for free
Take a load off, Fanny
And you put the load right on me

punning display, Thursday, 19 December 2019 20:39 (two months ago) link

Well spotted. I love "Wrote a Song for Everyone" and hate "The Weight" though.

Soup on my lanyard (Tom D.), Thursday, 19 December 2019 21:12 (two months ago) link

Tortoise - the Suspension Bridge at Iguazu Falls = Projecto III - Encontro

Deflatormouse, Saturday, 21 December 2019 17:48 (two months ago) link

When "Funny Little Frog" by Belle & Sebastian starts I think it's gonna be a version of "Temptation Eyes" by the Grass Roots (other people hear "Death on Two Legs" by Queen)

Josefa, Saturday, 21 December 2019 19:08 (two months ago) link


Don’t Slander Meme (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 21 December 2019 19:17 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Brian Eno, "The Big Ship"
John Cale & Brian Eno, "Spinning Away"

Frozen Mug (Tom D.), Thursday, 16 January 2020 12:59 (one month ago) link

wow! that's a good one.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 16 January 2020 18:48 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

any number of awesome slowdive jams, especially on side 2 of pygmalion, are pretty much "the eternal" (joy division)

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 18 February 2020 20:17 (one week ago) link

Songs That Sound The Same video series

mookieproof, Friday, 21 February 2020 18:59 (five days ago) link

Fiery Furnaces - Gale Blow (2003)
Lykke Li - Dance, Dance, Dance (2008)

Murdered-Out Highlander XLE (morrisp), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 23:55 (yesterday) link

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