The Beatles vs. Radiohead

November 12th, 2009 by
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: [mini_player audio="/music/beatles-sexy-sadie.mp3" artist=" The Beatles " track="Sexy Sadie" year="1968"] [mini_player audio="/music/radiohead_karma_police.mp3" artist=" Radiohead" track="Karma Police" year="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 Responses to “The Beatles vs. Radiohead”

  1. avatar Eric says:

    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. avatar Pete says:

    “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. avatar Josh says:

    Swing! and a miss.

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  4. avatar Sam says:

    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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