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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

Andre 3000 'Behold a Lady' = Siouxsie b-side 'I Could Be Again'

Baaderist (Fabfunk), Friday, 12 December 2003 11:15 (sixteen years ago) link

The guitar riff on last song on the new Strokes album is similar to the chorus of Junior Senior's 'Rhythm Bandits'.

Jay Kid (Jay K), Friday, 12 December 2003 11:22 (sixteen years ago) link

five months pass...
Huey Lewis and The News "I want a new drug"=Ray Parker Jr. "ghostbusters"

and nelly and justin timberlake have a song over "back in black" by AC/DC how disgusting. the sad fact is that most of the 10-16 year old girls that listen to justin timberlake have no idea o fthe musical travesty that has been committed. but I will admit that it is kinda neat.

Matt Graves, Monday, 24 May 2004 18:43 (fifteen years ago) link

Huey Lewis and The News "I want a new drug"=Ray Parker Jr. "ghostbusters"

huey lewis and the news came first. they sued ray parker for that one.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Monday, 24 May 2004 18:49 (fifteen years ago) link

that fucking stupid uncle kracka song sounds just like "a thing called love" by bonnie raitt. and I hate it.

kyle (akmonday), Monday, 24 May 2004 18:51 (fifteen years ago) link

radiohead's "subterranean homesick alien" reminds me of nick drake's "parasite"
i always get "freeze frame" and "footloose" mixed up.
that puddle of mudd song "she hates me" = "tell me more" from grease

Felonious Drunk (Felcher), Monday, 24 May 2004 18:53 (fifteen years ago) link

Not sure which came first, but the Clash's "Manicifent Seven" and Man Parrish's "Hip Hop Be Bop" are almost identical.

sexyDancer, Monday, 24 May 2004 19:13 (fifteen years ago) link

I think we covered it on another thread but I still don't get how "L Dopa" rips off Killing Joke.

hstencil (hstencil), Monday, 24 May 2004 19:19 (fifteen years ago) link

Sloan's "She Means What She Says" = The Nazz "Open My Eyes"

=The Who "I Can't Explain"

phil dennison, Monday, 24 May 2004 19:21 (fifteen years ago) link

Felt's "The Stagnant Pool" calls to mind The Cure's "Disintegration"; particularly the long guitar play toward the end.

Evanston Wade (EWW), Monday, 24 May 2004 19:24 (fifteen years ago) link

of course there's always NIN "Down In It"= Skinny Puppy's "Dig It"

Felonious Drunk (Felcher), Monday, 24 May 2004 19:27 (fifteen years ago) link

There's a Decemberists song (I think it's "I Was Meant for the Stage") that has the same melody as Sting's "Fields of Gold"

Also, I was just noticing the other day how Sly Stone's "Hot Fun in the Summertime" has the same little chord progression as a Led Zep song (maybe "Fool in the Rain" or something from that album) - though obviously Sly came first.

Josh Love (screamapillar), Monday, 24 May 2004 19:35 (fifteen years ago) link

I always mix up "Times Like These" by the Foo Fighters with the beginning of the verse of Manics' "Australia".... It's because of the first "I...", I guess.

JP Almeida (JP Almeida), Monday, 24 May 2004 20:10 (fifteen years ago) link

"Flatness" by Uncle Tupelo sounds kinda like "Letter Never Sent" by REM.

christhamrin (christhamrin), Monday, 24 May 2004 20:15 (fifteen years ago) link

we could also add ALL REGGAE EVER to this thread

sexyDancer, Monday, 24 May 2004 20:28 (fifteen years ago) link

TLC - "Unpretty"


Hanson - "Mmmbop"

Kornél Kovács (Kornél Kovács), Monday, 24 May 2004 22:58 (fifteen years ago) link

"White Light/White Heat" sounds kind of like an early Jerry Lee Lewis song.

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Monday, 24 May 2004 23:33 (fifteen years ago) link

Phil Collins' "Sussudio" = Prince's "1999"

The intro to "Breakout" by Swing Out Sisters = PSB "West End Girls"

Seb (Seb), Tuesday, 25 May 2004 00:31 (fifteen years ago) link

Tom Waits "Such a Scream" = Mystikal "Shake Ya Ass"

Sym (shmuel), Tuesday, 25 May 2004 02:51 (fifteen years ago) link

The Clash "Wrong 'Em Boyo" = "Sloop John B"

adgaehg, Thursday, 27 May 2004 02:26 (fifteen years ago) link

The Faces' "Cindy Incidentally" sounds like Dylan's "I Don't Believe You"

de, Thursday, 27 May 2004 02:36 (fifteen years ago) link

Alphaville's "Forever Young" = Pachelbel's Canon

lkjp, Thursday, 3 June 2004 12:11 (fifteen years ago) link

Belle and Sebastian "We Rule the School" also = Pachebel's Canon
Also on a B&S theme, "Mary Jo" = "A Winter's Tale" by David Essex.

ailsa (ailsa), Thursday, 3 June 2004 13:02 (fifteen years ago) link

Marshall Tucker Band "Can't You See" = Velvet Underground "Sweet Nuthin'"

autovac (autovac), Thursday, 3 June 2004 18:27 (fifteen years ago) link

The guitar on the Fall's "Rolling Dany" is the same riff as "Smokin' in the Boys Room"

Also, keeping with This Nation's Saving Grace, Magnetic Fields took the riff from "Paint Work" for "A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off"

Mike Ouderkirk (Mike Ouderkirk), Friday, 4 June 2004 06:28 (fifteen years ago) link

three months pass...
Kasabian 'LSF' and the theme music to Mopatop's Shop

peter dee (peter dee), Thursday, 9 September 2004 19:44 (fifteen years ago) link

four months pass...
I can't keep straight all the threads that are like this (shouldn't there be a tracklink uptop to the recent one?) so if this has been mentioned before forgive me

You Belong to Me sounds like 19th Nervous Breakdown
Tokyo Storm Warning really sounds like 19th Nervous Breakdown

Ken L (Ken L), Friday, 21 January 2005 04:25 (fifteen years ago) link

the main riffs in "Da Funk" by Daft Punk and "Never Let Me Down Again" by Depeche Mode are fairly similar (that descending thing they both do). Sometimes I'll whistle one then switch to the other.

Brandon Mitchell (A.H.), Friday, 21 January 2005 05:10 (fifteen years ago) link

and both songs are the same tempo, with the riffs separated by like a 5th or something between them.

Brandon Mitchell (A.H.), Friday, 21 January 2005 05:12 (fifteen years ago) link

Razorlight's "Golden Touch" = The Cure "10:15 Saturday Night".

Si Carter (Si Carter), Friday, 21 January 2005 08:38 (fifteen years ago) link

Futurama Theme = Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

Jarlr'mai (jarlrmai), Friday, 21 January 2005 10:10 (fifteen years ago) link

Franz Ferdinand, Take Me Out = Led Zeppelin, Trampled Underfoot

Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 21 January 2005 10:14 (fifteen years ago) link

Some song by Athlete that i forget the name of sounds just like some song by Avril Lavigne that i forget the name of. And i forgot what they both sound like.

A little help here?

dmun, Friday, 21 January 2005 11:37 (fifteen years ago) link

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

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