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2008 X Factor contestant and semi-finalist Diana Vickers caused a stir with her smash hit single My Wicked Heart, released in 2010. The chorus finds the snarling Brit completely borrowing the melody from the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Under the Bridge, which was a hit in 1992. To make things even more obvious, Vickers admitted […]
Rules of the Game: Click this sound file and see if you can guess which famous artist recorded this obscure song. Honor System: It is considered tacky to try and look this up on the internet before answering. Play The Track! [QUIZZIN 2] 310
Green Day hasn’t ever been considered the most “original” of bands…they’ve already appeared in our Ripped-Off Riffs category, for example. The title track to the band’s 2000 album, Warning, features almost the exact same intro riff, rhythm, and chord progressions as the Kinks’ tune, from their 1968 album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation […]
Britpop brats Oasis scored an international smash hit with their album (What’s The Story?) Morning Glory in 1995, but it could have been an ugly mess. Right before its release, the song Step Out was clipped from the record, because of its mimicry of Stevie Wonder’s Uptight (Everything’s Alright). It’s pretty darn close: you can […]
A first for “Ripped Off Riffs” category: An artist is accused of ripping himself off? John Hiatt just released his brand new album Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns with a grungy new track called “Damn This Town.” With its minor chords, chopping guitar and biting lyrics it furthers Hiatt’s reputation as a down-and-dirty story-teller. Only […]
One of Nirvana’s huge hits from Nevermind, Come As You Are features a down-tuned riff that bears a heavy resemblance to Killing Joke’s song Eighties. Killing Joke never did the lawsuit thing over the song, but everyone pretty much knew it was the same riff. Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighter founder Dave Grohl actually played […]
George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” may have been one of the most successful songs of his post-Beatles career, but it wasn’t entirely his song. The chord progression, background vocals and overall melody bore a striking resemblance to The Chiffons’ 1963 hit “He’s So Fine,” so much so that a judge found Harrison guilty of “subconsciously” […]