The Beatles vs. Radiohead

Scott points out the similarities between Radiohead‘s 1997 track “Karma Police” and The Beatles‘ 1968 song “Sexy Sadie”

There’s a pretty obvious similarity here in both piano parts. Have a listen:

The Beatles - "Sexy Sadie" (1968)
Radiohead - "Karma Police" (1997)

You might also want to check out:
Jet – “Look What You’ve Done” (2004) vs. The Beatles – “Sexy Sadie” (1968)

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “The Beatles vs. Radiohead

  1. avatarEric

    That George Harrison… first he steals My Sweet Lord, then he time travels to 1990s to rip off Radiohead.

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    Matt Reply:

    This is a John Lennon song.

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    Keith Reply:

    Hi Matt, I’m going by the Wikipedia entry for the song. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexy_Sadie. Is this incorrect?

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    Chavs Reply:

    George just asked to change the title, the song was written by John.

  2. avatarPete

    “Look What You’ve Done” by Jet (2003) goes one better. Verses sound like Radiohead’s “Black Star” (1995) while the chorus directly lifts from, you guessed it – “Sexy Sadie”

    The Beatles – “Sexy Sadie”
    Sexy Sadie, what have you done?
    You made a fool of everyone…

    Jet – “Look What You’ve Done”:
    Oh, look what you’ve done
    You’ve made a fool of everyone…

    Indeed!

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    Keith Reply:

    Hey Pete. Thanks for the “Black Star” one. Not bad. I also just posted “Sexy Sadie” one. Somebody sent that to me a while back.
    http://www.thatsongsoundslike.com/2010/01/24/jet-vs-the-beatles/

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  3. avatarSam

    From what I remember Thom Yorke or one of the band members of Radohead did confirm the similarities between Karma Police & Sexy Sadie. I think that The Beatles are a huge influence on Thom, and used the same kind of cords to pay a little homage to The Beatles, many could even call Karma Police “Radiohead’s Beatle-esque song”/”Radiohead’s Beatles Tribute Song”.

    Not to mention the opening piano of Karma Police sounds like Imagine by John Lennon

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