New Order vs. John Denver

September 1st, 2009 by

I need some help with this one.

Ever since Patrick mentioned this to me it’s been driving me nuts. According to Wikipedia John Denver sued New Order claiming that, “its wordless guitar break was based on his ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane'”. And later an out-of-court settlement, “ensured that the song would never be re-released in its original form”. I’ve listened to a few different versions of Run2 and all I can find is what I grabbed in this post. I either don’t have the correct original version or John Denver was smoking some really strong pot.

John Denver - "Leaving on a Jet Plane" (1967)

New Order - "Run2" (1989)

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8 Responses to “New Order vs. John Denver”

  1. avatartibieryo says:

    It’s the chorus! The guitar riff is the chorus. The rhythm is wonky, and the last note is the wrong interval, but those are the intervals from the chorus, definitely.

    Not worth suing over, though.



    Analyzer Reply:

    Not worth suing over, though.

    Why not?


  2. avatarJXN says:

    I saw New Order and I had to mention this one that my friends and I noticed not to long ago. The intro to Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order and the intro to 11th Dimension by Julian Casablancas (The Strokes) sound identical.


  3. avatarTravis says:

    it does have a resemblance but not really worth suing over


  4. avatarLD says:

    I think where We Are Young gets quiet and kind of stops – talks through it… sounds VERY similar piano and voice to this:

    Don McLean – American Pie


  5. avatarjbird says:

    chorus is like the soap opera young and the restless theme song piano


  6. avatarPeter Hook says:

    John Denver is a deid cunt who was a wank for suing. Wank.


  7. avatarHaasey says:

    So John Denver predicted his own death in his song title.



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