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Led Zeppelin (still) Getting Sued Over “Stairway to Heaven”

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
This is an update to Led Zeppelin Getting Sued Over “Stairway to Heaven” Thanks to Mark for bringing this new development to my attention. According to various sources it looks like the case will move forward and Zeppelin might have their day in court.
Now, Zeppelin and their music companies have requested that the case be dismissed, as the “individual defendants are British citizens residing in England, own no property in Pennsylvania and have no contacts with Pennsylvania, let alone ties sufficient to render them essentially at home here,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. The judge, however, said no to that request — so the band will now be forced to move forward with the suit. - source
In response, the plaintiff amended the lawsuit with some emphasis on why a Pennsylvania judge should oversee the case: "Defendants are subject to specific jurisdiction in this district because they make millions of dollars from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by directly targeting this district for the exploitation of 'Stairway to Heaven' through CD sales, digital downloading, radio and television play, advertising, marketing, concert performances, other performances, licensing, and otherwise targeting resident individuals and businesses to profit off the exploitation of 'Stairway to Heaven.'” - source
  And here's the music. I'm still not sure why Dolly Parton is not included in this mess but have a listen anyway: [mini_player audio="/music/ben_j/spirit_taurus2.mp3" artist="Spirit" track="Taurus" year="1968"] [mini_player audio="/music/led_zeppelin-stairway-to-heaven.mp3" artist="Led Zeppelin" track="Stairway to Heaven" year="1971"] [mini_player audio="/music/dolly_parton-we-used-to.mp3" artist="Dolly Parton" track="We Used To" year="1975"] More Led Zeppelin soundalikes on this site: Led Zeppelin vs. The World Led Zeppelin vs. Chicago vs. Green Day vs. The White Stripes Coheed and Cambria vs. Led Zeppelin Devo vs. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin vs. Rage Against the Machine

One Direction vs. New Found Glory vs. Journey

Friday, October 17th, 2014
Left: Steve Perry of Journey, Right: Somebody from One Direction This one was noted by Eleanor and H.D. Bruton. This isn't the first time One Direction has appeared on this site either. I have compiled another post called 10 One Direction Songs that Sound Like Other Songs. On first listen you will no doubt hear the strong similarity of Journey's 1983 classic "Faithfully".  New Found Glory also has a similar intro. I'll just line 'em up for you and you can listen for yourself. [mini_player audio="/music/one_direction-steal-my-girl.mp3" artist="One Direction" track="Steal My Girl" year="2014"] [mini_player audio="/music/journey-faithfully_intro.mp3" artist="Journey" track="Faithfully" year="1983"] [mini_player audio="/music/new_found_glory-its-not-your-fault.mp3" artist="New Found Glory" track="It's Not Your Fault" year="2006"] For more Journey see: R.E.M. vs. Cheap Trick vs. Mega Man vs. Journey (This one is amazing!!!) Kansas vs. Journey  

Mika vs. Belinda Carlisle

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
Travis brought this great one to my attention. Mika vs. Belinda Carlise [mini_player audio="/music/mika-we-are-golden.mp3" artist="Mika" track="We are Golden" year="2009"] [mini_player audio="/music/belinda_carlisle-heaven-is-a-place-on-earth_chorus.mp3" artist="Belinda Carlisle" track="Heaven Is a Place on Earth" year="1987"]

Lindsey Buckingham vs. Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

Friday, October 10th, 2014
random photo of Lindsey Buckingham Devin Graham (aka Devin Supertramp) makes lots of really cool videos on YouTube. He usually has his friends write original music for these epic three minute clips. He recently posted a video called "Robotic Dolphin and Flying Water Car". Right away I recognized the music (written by a group calling themselves "Can't Stop Won't Stop") as the theme to National Lampoon's Vacation.  The original melody is from a song called "Holiday Road" (1983) by Lindsey Buckingham. I really do feel bad calling out the little guys, but hey, they're selling the track on iTunes and I have no evidence that they have credited Buckingham, so here ya go. [mini_player audio="/music/lindsey_buckingham-holiday-road.mp3" artist="Lindsey Buckingham" track="Holiday Road" year="1983"] [mini_player audio="/music/csws-you-already-know.mp3" artist="Can't Stop Won't Stop" track="You Already Know" year="2014"] Here's the original video if you're interested: Robotic Dolphin and Flying Water Car - In 4K! With Jetovator and Seabreacher [youtube]dkpzgS9rdTk[/youtube]    

Bon Jovi vs. Bonnie Tyler vs. Ankie Bagger vs. Belinda Carlisle

Friday, September 26th, 2014
What do these 80s rockers have in common besides totally 80s hair? (clockwise top L to R: Jon Bon Jovi, Ankie Bagger,Bonnie Tyler, Belinda Carlisle) This post has been due for an update. After posting the insane similarities between Bonnie Tyler's "If You Were a Woman and I Was a Man" and Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name" (both from 1986!) a few folks added some others to the mix. Check these out with Swedish singer  Ankie Bagger's " Where Were You Last Night" (1989) as well as Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven is a Place on Earth" (1987). Important to note is Bad Name and I Was a Man were actually both written by hit making machine Desmond Child. [mini_player audio="/music/bon_jovi-you-give-love-a-bad-name_intro.mp3" artist="Bon Jovi" track="You Give Love a Bad Name (intro)" year="1986"] [mini_player audio="/music/bonnie_tyler-if-you-were-a-woman_intro.mp3" artist="Bonnie Tyler" track="If You Were a Woman and I Was a Man (intro)" year="1986"] [mini_player audio="/music/bon_jovi-you-give-love-a-bad-name_chorus.mp3" artist="Bon Jovi" track="You Give Love a Bad Name (chorus)" year="1986"] [mini_player audio="/music/bonnie_tyler-if-you-were-a-woman_chorus.mp3" artist="Bonnie Tyler" track="If You Were a Woman and I Was a Man (chorus)" year="1986"] [mini_player audio="/music/ankie_bagger-where-were-you-last-night.mp3" artist="Ankie Bagger" track="Where Were You Last Night" year="1989"] The Carlisle song is definitely not as similar but here it is anyway: [mini_player audio="/music/belinda_carlisle-heaven-is-a-place-on-earth_chorus.mp3" artist="Belinda Carlisle" track="Heaven Is a Place on Earth" year="1987"] More Bon Jovi on the site: Bon Jovi vs. The Rasmus vs. The Decemberists vs. Tokio Hotel Bon Jovi vs. The Beatles Bon Jovi vs. Boys Like Girls vs. The Who

Did Daft Punk Steal “Get Lucky”? (Daft Punk vs. Milks)

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
As much as I love the French electronic duo Daft Punk and their great funky single "Get Lucky" (May 2013) I have to call into question the strong similarities of a track called "Get Out" (Posted April 2011 on Soundcloud) by an unknown French trio by the name of Milks. This gem was just brought to my attention by Eleanor. I see there are a few videos on YouTube  pointing this out but I'm surprised this hasn't become a bigger deal on the internet.   "Get Lucky" is also co-written by Pharrell Williams who has made a few appearances on this site (links below). Listen for yourself! [mini_player audio="/music/daft_punk-get-lucky.mp3" artist="Daft Punk" track="Get Lucky" year="2013"] [mini_player audio="/music/milks_get-out.mp3" artist="Milks" track="Get Out" year="2011"] I think maybe the chorus melody works even better with this comparison: [mini_player audio="/music/daft_punk-get-lucky_chorus.mp3" artist="Daft Punk" track="Get Lucky" year="2013"]
Here are some links for Milks if you are interested: Milks on SoundCloud Milks on YouTube For more Pharrell Williams on this site check out: Diet Coke vs. Pharrell Williams Ed Sheeran "Sing" (co-written by Pharrell) vs. Yacht vs. The Rolling Stones UPDATE 9/22/2014: Eleanor suggested the following and it's pretty damn interesting. Check out this snippet of prodigal guitar player Zack Kim performing an original guitar track called "Robot Dance". Even the name is somewhat coincidental. This is from a fan channel on YouTube so I can't really verify much other than that it was uploaded on December 22, 2011. Full video is below. [mini_player audio="/music/zack_kim-robot-dance.mp3" artist="Zack Kim" track="Robot Dance" year="2011"] I think this compares best with the"Get Lucky" pre-chorus: [mini_player audio="/music/daft_punk-get-lucky_prechorus.mp3" artist="Daft Punk" track="Get Lucky" year="2013"] [youtube]ZQ_p3sM7KvM[/youtube]