The other night I found myself watching Muchmoremusic when the latest video for Gwen Stefani came on. It's called "What U Waiting For?" and a great deal of it sounds an awful lot like "Hash Pipe" from Weezer.
What's happened to Gwen Stefani anyways? If I remember correctly, she was once in a pretty decent band. They were an interesting blend of ska, punk and pop and their Tragic Kingdom album found its way into my collection. Then, this band all but dropped their ska and punky sound, kept the pop but kicked it up a notch and introduced the r&b flavour of the month. No doubt, this band started to suck and they were adopted by the same fanbase that hailed Justin Timberlake and Usher as megastars.
Now Gwen's gone solo and is ready to take her place alongside Kelly Clarkson, Jessica Simpson and Hillary Duff as a pop princess. You've got your big G's, I've got my hash pipe.
Jet's latest single is "Look What You've Done", a tender little Beatle-esque ballad that's liable to become a pretty big hit for this Australian band. The opening bars, however, sound identical to the beginning of Motley Crue's "Home Sweet Home". I dare you to compare the two.
Now that I think of it, Jet has yet to release a single that didn't immediately make me think of another song. "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" is Iggy Pop's "Lust For Life", "Cold Hard Bitch" is partly Oasis' "Champagne Supernova" and "Rollover D.J." is a total rip-off of BTO's "Taking Care of Business".
"Rollover DJ" is the latest hook-laden single from Jet. It's destined to become the third hit off their debut album Get Born. I've got Get Born and I've been hearing "Rollover DJ" on CFNY Edge 102 and there's a part of this tune that's identical to Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Taking Care Of Business".
Jet seems to have mastered the art of sounding like other bands and tunes while producing mega hits. "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" is, for all intents and purposes, built upon Iggy Pop's "Lust For Life". Their second single, "Stone Cold Bitch", has parts that are very Oasis-ish and other parts that are AC-DC-ish.
Taking care of business and working overtime. Work out.
Everytime I hear it I start singing "Sex Type Thing" by Stone Temple Pilots. The guitar parts are eerily similar. Wouldn't you agree?
Have you heard "Walk Idiot Walk" by The Hives yet? If you haven't, you will. They're playing the hell out of it on CFNY Edge 102.
Is it just me or does it sound an awful lot like "I Can't Explain" by The Who. Hmmmmmm.
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