Wednesday, 10 July 2013

The K-Tizzle Sizzle - Imitation Is The Sincerest Form Of Flattery. Maybe.

 One Coldplay is already one too many for this world, thank you.

Dude Looks Like A Lady. Allegedly.
by Katie Langley

On Saturday evening I found myself watching a band whose lead singer was convinced that he was Vince Neil. Seriously. Not only was he rocking the bleached blonde hair, but he had the moves down pat. At first I found it amusing and had Steven Tyler’s voice signing “dude looks like a lady” repeating in my mind. But a few songs in it just felt sad. This was a young guy, clearly talented, not just paying homage to his idol but blatantly ripping off his act. You can only get away with that shit in a covers band, dude.

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And sure, maybe there's some truth to that. But it's also just lazy.

Over the years a number of high profile artists have been accused of plagiarism...

Coldplay or Creaky Boards


Creaky Boards front man Andrew Hoepfner has been very vocal in the similarities of their song "The Songs I Didn't Write" and Coldplay's "Viva La Vida". He says the band were excited to see Chris Martin at one of their shows. They were in para-para-paradise until they later noticed the resemblance between the Coldplay track and their own.

 Red Hot Chilli Peppers or Blur


Some peeps reckon that "Dani California" is a rip off of Blur's "Country House". What do you think?

 Men at Work or The Girl Guides(!?)


It's difficult to type this without laughing out loud. Men at Work were accused of plagiarising their 80's hit "Down Under". It is alleged that, drum roll please, the flute solo in "Down Under" was stolen from the children's song "Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree". Yes. You read that correctly. Oh, and you're welcome.

Avril Lavigne or The Rubinoo's


Mrs Kroeger has been accused of stealing The Rubinoo's 70's track "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend". The offending song (and it is offensive) is "Girlfriend". In Avril's defence she said that like, he was a boy and she was a girl, and she couldn't make it any more obvious.

 Black Eyed Peas or Pheonix Phenom


The most irritating group in the world (allegedly, according to me) are caught up in a plagiarism row with Phoenix Phenom. The Black Eyed Peas are accused of stealing lyrics and the chorus from Phoenix Phenom's song "Boom Dynamite" for their hit "Boom Boom Pow". Where's the love?

Look, we've all been there. We've all taken our admiration a little too far at some time in our lives. Me? That was when I was convinced I was Billie Piper, dressed the part, had all the moves, and recorded them in my own music video for "Honey To The Bee". That video will never see the light of day.

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