Red Hot Chili Peppers vs. Tom Petty

Thanks to Kip for this one.

From Wikipedia:
Shortly after its release, the originality of the song was questioned in the Dan Gaffney Morning Show of Delaware based radio station WGMD 92.7. The presenters alleged that the Chili Peppers had plagiarized Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers‘ 1993 hit “Mary Jane’s Last Dance“. To demonstrate, they presented audio snippets of both songs, both side by side and simultaneously (i.e. on top of each other) several times. They stated that the chord progression, key, tempo, and the lyrical theme of the songs (both produced by Rick Rubin) showed “startling similarities” and urged listeners to “decide for themselves.”

Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Dani California" (2006)

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - "Mary Jane's Last Dance" (1993)

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12 thoughts on “Red Hot Chili Peppers vs. Tom Petty

  1. avatarJackson

    The opening riffs of “Readymade” by RHCP and “Mountain Song” by Jane’s Addiction are nearly identical

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    Keith Reply:

    That’s awesome! “Mountain Song” is one of my favorite Jane’s tracks. I’ll definitely post this one.

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  2. avatarEric

    I’ve always thought the beginning “Last Dance For Mary Jane” sounded like the beginning of “Waiting For The Sun” by The Jayhawks

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    Keith Reply:

    Pretty good one!

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