May 22nd, 2013 by Keith
I just came across this article
pointing out the credited sample in Gotye's massive 2011 hit "Somebody That I Used To Know". It seems like Gotye
had given Luis Bonfá
co-writing credit on the song for the sample and inspiration.
Luiz Bonfá's - "Seville" (1967)
Gotye - "Somebody That I Used To Know" (feat. Kimbra) (2011)
May 20th, 2013 by Keith
Submitted by Alex
A few folks have pointed out that the Eurovision 2013 submission "Glorious" by German group Cascada
sounds a bit like this years' Swedish winner Loreen
for her song "Euphoria". I also noticed a small similarity in "When You Were Young" by the Killers
[mini_player audio="/music/cascada-glorious.mp3" artist="Cascada" track="Glorious" year="2013"]
[mini_player audio="/music/loreen-euphoria.mp3" artist="Loreen" track="Euphoria" year="2012"]
[mini_player audio="/music/the_killers-when-we-were-young-solo.mp3" artist="The Killers" track="When You Were Young" year="2006"]
Just in case you are not familiar with the Eurovision Song Contest
you might want to watch this:
May 16th, 2013 by Keith
I don't know about you but I was listening to The Glitch Mob
"Fortune Days" (2010) the other day and all I could hear was Salt-n-Pepa
"Push It" (1987). Amiright???
[mini_player audio="/music/the_glitch_mob-fortune-days.mp3" artist="The Glitch Mob" track="Fortune Days" year="2010"]
[mini_player audio="/music/salt_n_pepa-push-it.mp3" artist="Salt-n-Pepa" track="Push It" year="1987"]
May 10th, 2013 by Keith
Here's a quickie submitted by Will
Check out the main verse melody in Modest Mouse
's 2004 "Blame It on the Tetons" and Sonic Youth
's "Unwind" (1995).
[mini_player audio="/music/sonic_youth-unwind.mp3" artist="Sonic Youth" track="Unwind" year="1995"]
[mini_player audio="/music/modest_mouse-blame-it-on-the-tetons.mp3" artist="Modest Mouse" track="Blame It on the Tetons" year="2004"]
May 7th, 2013 by Ben
Just for fun, here's an example of one of those terrific little melodies that pops up here and there, but is found in such separate stylistic zones and used to such different ends that the similarities are fairly oblique. In this instance, we hear an echo of the Animals
song "Dont Bring Me Down" in the central thematic motif of the score to Back to the Future
. Written for the group by famed songwriting partnership Goffin/King
, the song contains a repeated figure played by eminent organist Dave Rowberry
, who had a significant role in shaping the band's latter-day sound. The Back to the Future theme, written by Alan Silvestri
, makes very different use of the same basic figure, turning it into the triumphant calling card of the trilogy's sound design.
It's noteworthy that Animals leader Eric Burdon, well known for harboring reservations about the pop-oriented, hit-making material his band was regularly pressured to record, radically altered Carole King's original melody in favor of his own so that really only Gerry Goffin's lyrics remained. The song represents a fascinating "Animalization"
of a fairly typical boy/girl lyric, transforming it into something with real bite -- though the songwriters' demo recording is scarce, the organ riff was presumably also unique to the Animals' recording.
[mini_player audio="/music/ben_j/backtothefuture.mp3" artist="Alan Silvestri" track="Back to the Future Main Theme" year="1985"]
[mini_player audio="/music/ben_j/animals_dontbringmedown_intro_mono.mp3" artist="The Animals" track="Don't Bring Me Down (Intro)" year="1966"]
[mini_player audio="/music/ben_j/animals_dontbringmedown_chorus_mono.mp3" artist="The Animals" track="Don't Bring Me Down (Chorus)" year="1966"]
On something of a tangent, "Don't Bring Me Down" was actually one of three hits passed from the Brill Building
to the Animals, a trilogy which David Johansen
pays brilliant homage to in this MTV video from 1984:
April 19th, 2013 by Keith
Thanks to James C.
for bringing this to my attention
will.i.am's new track "Let's Go" (feat. Chris Brown)" (2013) is in the news for a copyright breach allegation. It seems that they lifted the backing track from Arty
& Mat Zo
's trance track "Rebound" (2011). Chris Brown who appears as a guest vocalist denies any involvement in the production of the track. Have a listen.
[mini_player audio="/music/mat_zo-rebound_intro.mp3" artist="Arty & Mat Zo" track="Rebound (intro)" year="2011"]
[mini_player audio="/music/william-lets-go_intro.mp3" artist="will.i.am" track="Let's Go (intro)" year="2013"]
[mini_player audio="/music/mat_zo-rebound_chorus.mp3" artist="Arty & Mat Zo" track="Rebound (chorus)" year="2011"]
[mini_player audio="/music/william-lets-go_chorus.mp3" artist="will.i.am" track="Let's Go (chorus)" year="2013"]
Of course, nowadays celebrity feuds unfold publicly on twitter. I'll spare you the nonsense. Here's a tweet from Arty
regarding his track and his label Anjunabeats
They never cleared rights through Anjunabeats, who's only one label, who ownes the rights for "Rebound".
On a side note one of the producers listed on will.i.am's new album is our friend Dr. Luke
But he does not appear as a producer for the track in this article.