Kid Rock vs. The White Stripes

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Kid Rock takes a cue from The White Stripes.

Kid Rock - "Born Free" (2010)
The White Stripes - "As Ugly as I Seem" (2005)
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  1. Marc Hodgkinson

    There is a London, Ontario band called Bobnoxious that uses the same melody line in a song called “Big Cannons.”
    Their song pre-dates both of these. Interestingly, they shared their first demo tape (which includes this song) when they opened for Kid Rock at a festival. No evidence he lifted it from there – but it is suspiciously similar.

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    1. Mark Adams

      I consider a story linking the two as evidence, and if this could be proven, I think it would be accepted in court.
      Anyway, here’s another: Spark by The Church (1988).

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    2. Mark Adams

      I consider a link between the two as evidence and if it could be proven, I think it would be accepted in court.
      Anyway, here’s another: Spark by The Church (1988).

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      1. Mark Adams

        Sorry about the double-up. I was counting on the website to tell me if the first comment had gone through, but I guess it didn’t because I used different words the second time.

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  2. bigbill

    absolutely – he just took the main guitar riff and pretty much the tune/title from ‘Born to Run’. I ain’t a springsteen fan but kid rock – jesus, what a fuckin crock ‘a shit that guy is. and jack white is no prolific original either – he lifts a LOT of stuff, but i’m disappointed that he’d rip from Simon + Garfunkel like that. one of their best tunes.

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    1. Mark Adams

      He probably didn’t think of it that way. After all, if you’re going to steal music, why not steal from the best?

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  3. Baldur Hjörleifsson

    I think all these songs actually sound a lot like the verse from the Sly and the family stone’s classic, Stand! (1968) , which pre-dates them. Have a listen!

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  4. Nick Cobel

    Seems like S&G have the earliest version. Homeward Bound was released in February 1966, while “Stand” was released in May, 1969.

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        1. Mark Adams

          Sorry, Burned was recorded in Aug and released as a single in Nov ’66, but even the recording date is six months after Homeward Bound.

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        2. Mark Adams

          I Think I Found the Culprit off of Jack White’s new album sounds like The Real Thing by Russell Morris (1970?). I think we’ve found the culprit too.

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