Green Day vs. The Kinks

October 20th, 2010 by

Submitted by Mike Has Green Day been sued for this? Check out Green Day‘s  2000 hit single “Warning” and The Kinks‘  1968 classic “Picture Book”.

Green Day - "Warning" (2000)
The Kinks - "Picture Book" (1968)
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10 Responses to “Green Day vs. The Kinks”

  1. avatar dxman says:

    “Warning” sounds so much more like “On the Dark Side” by John Cafferty or “R.O.C.K. in the USA” by John Mellencamp than “Picture Book.”

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  2. avatar Carmen says:

    Steriogram’s “Walkie Talkie Man” also uses that riff

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  3. avatar Travis says:

    not the first time green day went back to the 60s….check out green days “waiting” and petula clark “downtown” you cant miss it even some of the lyric is the same

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    Keith Reply:

    Thanks Travis. I thought I had “Downtown” on the site already. Guess I’ll have to add it!

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  4. avatar Travis says:

    also for these 2 theres 2 others as well..one was already mentioned “walkie talkie man” the other is big and rich “love train”

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  5. avatar Adam says:

    The Kinks’ song sounds more like Twist and Shout by The Beatles but that’s probably just me.

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  6. avatar Moses says:

    This one is pretty cool! The feel is almost exactly the same, although the chords are slightly different.

    Chord progressions:
    The Kinks: I – IV – bVII – bIII
    Green Day: I – IV – bVII – IV

    This one, then, makes the Kinks progression more original and brings Green Day’s tune into the same group as Mellencamp’s R-O-C-K In The USA (as dxman pointed out), What I Like About You by The Romantics, etc.

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  7. avatar Sasquatch says:

    Am I wrong, or does “Stand” by R.E.M. belong here, too?

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    Keith Reply:

    Perhaps! Also, the Green Day melody is now reminding me of The Bagles “Manic Monday”

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  8. avatar Kit Kabootle says:

    Shameless

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