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What the Blurred Lines Lawsuit Really Means

As you've likely heard by now, a jury has awarded Marvin Gaye’s children nearly $7.4 million after determining singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied their father’s music to create the megahit Blurred Lines. Here are the two songs so you can hear the similarities for yourself.

Yes, they do sound alike, but how many other hit songs sound like older tunes they're not crediting? In my very non-scientific assessment, just about all of them. Lawyers are filing lawsuits as I type.

For a while, I used to blog about similar sounding songs, and even had a category to hold them all, but at some point I couldn't hear a pop song without hearing the songs that "inspired" them.

Uptown Funk is a big hit these days, but isn't it really just Morris Day and The Time's Jungle Love?

And Miley Cyrus's Wrecking Ball? Listen to how many songs sound like it.

There's nothing new under the sun. If Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied Marvin Gaye, this is just the beginning.

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Whoomp! (There It Is) vs. Whoot, There It Is

Whoomp! (There It Is) vs. Whoot, There It IsWhen my power returned yesterday evening, I blurted out "I've got the power!". I was channeling Snap! who had a hit with the song in 1990.

The Power made me think of similar pop-rap hits in the early 90s. Naturally, I remembered that time two songs shared the same chorus...

In 1993, 95 South released "Whoot, There It Is". One month later, Tag Team released "Whoomp! (There It Is)".

Here's 95 South's "Whoot, There It Is":

And here's Tag Team's "Whoomp! (There It Is)":

Despite the fact the choruses are almost identical, they're otherwise completely different songs. Interestingly enough, both songs charted on the Billboard chart at the same time. "Whoot, There It Is" peaked at #11 and "Whoomp! (There It Is)" peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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Sweet Little Sixteen vs. Surfin' USA

Sweet Little Sixteen vs. Surfin' USAChuck Berry released Sweet Little Sixteen in 1958. The Beach Boys released Surfin' USA in 1963. They're essentially the same song.

Here's Chuck Berry's Sweet Little Sixteen:

Here's The Beach Boys' Surfin' USA:

The sole songwriter credited by The Beach Boys on Surfin' USA was Brian Wilson. Chuck Berry had to sue to get a co-writing credit. Even then, Murry Wilson turned the copyright over to Berry without ever informing Brian.

There are plenty of good examples of songs copying other songs without crediting the original songwriter, but I don't believe there's an example as obvious as this first top ten hit by The Beach Boys.

Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll!

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Coldplay vs. Joe Satriani

musicJoe Satriani has filed a lawsuit against Coldplay, accusing the popular British band of plagiarizing one of his songs on their latest hit album, according to court documents published on Thursday.

Satriani recorded "If I Could Fly" back in 2004 and it sounds a lot like Coldplay's "Viva la Vida". In fact, after you watch the youtubery below, you'll hear the similarities. My sweet Lord!

I picked up Joe Satriani's Flying in a Blue Dream back in 1989 when Q107 was playing the crap out of "Big Bad Moon".

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Foo Fighters vs. Guns N' Roses

musicIt's Foo Fighter's "Times Like These" vs. Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child 'O Mine".

I love crap like this.

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Bob Marley Steals From Banana Splitz

musicForget all this Avril Lavigne controversy, this is actually important.

Did Bob Marley steal the "Buffalo Soldier" melody from the "Banana Splits" theme song? I think it's pretty clear he did. Listen for yourself.

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Avril's Peaches Tribute

MusicAvril's crappy month continues... On the heels of the great Rubinoos rip-off comes evidence she's been borrowing from Peaches.

I'm not here to hate on our Avril, but often where there's smoke there's a little fire. Jet did pretty well for themselves borrowing melodies and riffs from others. At least Avril is bumming from artists I've never heard of. I didn't know the Rubinoos and I never heard of Peaches.

Here's Avril Lavigne's "I Don't Have to Try" compared with "I'm The Kinda" by Peaches.

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Avril Lavigne's Girlfriend vs. The Rubinoos' I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend

musicIt's been a rough week for Avril Lavigne. First Chantal Kreviazuk called her out over her song "Contagious" and now she faces a lawsuit by the members of a 1970s rock band who claim her hit song ''Girlfriend'' rips off one of their tunes.

Songwriters Tommy Dunbar and James Gangwer alleged in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court that Lavigne and her co-writers lifted their 1979 song ''I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend,'' which was originally performed by new wave band The Rubinoos. I heard the two songs compared on Edge102 this morning, and they're very similar. The choruses are almost identical.

Here's a comparison of the two songs so you can hear for yourself.

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Effect and Cause vs. Summertime Blues

MusicI've been enjoying the new White Stripes album all morning. It's better with every spin, full of different sounds and that awesome blues influence we've come to expect from White Stripes albums.

There's a catchy little track on the album called "Effect and Cause", and every time I hear it I hear "Summertime Blues" from Eddie Cochran. Jack White is so prolific, he's excused for borrowing a riff here and there.

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Make Your Own Kind of Music

musicTaryn and I have started watching season two of Lost on DVD. We enjoyed watching season one this way and now we're three episodes into the season you all watched last year.

The first couple of episodes featured a song sung by Mama Cass Eliot called "Make Your Own Kind of Music". That Desmond guy kept playing it on the turntable in that hatch. I wasn't familiar with the song but it reminded me of another tune. It reminded me of Eric Carmen's "Make Me Lose Control".

I hadn't thought about Eric Carmen's "Make Me Lose Control" in years but then I heard it during an episode of Dexter last month and the memories came flooding back. I'm almost certain the 45 single of this cheesy Carmen song was in our house. I don't think I bought it... I think maybe my brother Ryan did. I can see the 45 rpm record in my mind and I remember hearing it quite a bit in the late 80s. Ryan, chime in here and set me straight...

"Make Your Own Kind Of Music" must have inspired Carmen because both songs have this poppy catchiness that pounds the song into your cranium until you're forced to sing it aloud, even though you know you shouldn't.

I'm trying desperately to scrape out the remnants of Mama Cass to no avail. Meanwhile, here's Eric Carmen's "Make Me Lose Control".

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