MIKA’s Lollipop was lifted right from a Jackie Chan film

jackie-chan-vs-mika

Thanks to Darren for sending in this great, obscure soundalike.

OK, it’s not really Jackie Chan singing (at least I don’t think it is) but this is the closing credit song to a 1983 Chan film called “Winners & Sinners“. I found a German translated version on YouTube but I think the song is still in Chinese. MIKA‘s “Lollipop” chorus sounds EXACTLY like this melody. Check it out:

MIKA - "Lollipop" (2007)

Winners and Sinners - "End Credit" (1983)

I also noticed the overall derivative nature from the 1958 classic “The Lollipop Song“. Perhaps these are both a nod to this classic. Have a listen:

Ronald and Ruby - "Lollipop" (1958)

Here’s the full movie of  “Winners & Sinners” (translated to German). Start at the end credits around 1h28m59s or just click here.

Justin Bieber “Sorry” sounds just like this song

Justin Bieber vs. White Hinterland (Casey Dienel)

Thanks to Kendra for sending this my way.

Looks like Justin Bieber might have to be sorry for lifting the haunting vocal melody in White Hinterland‘s 2014 song “Ring the Bell”. Sound similar? I think so. Have a listen!

Justin Bieber - "Sorry" (2015)
White Hinterland - "Ring the Bell" (2014)

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King’s X vs. Monster Dog

King's X vs. Monster Dog

I was recently contacted by the bassist of a band called Monster Dog who in the late 90s were victim to the ol’ big-signed-band-hears-cool-riff-of-small-local-band-and-steals-it story. The band brushed it off but years later when King’s X bassist made some interesting statements in a July 2014 interview for London Groove Machine the score had to be settled.

King's X - "Groove Machine" (1998)
Monster Dog - "Slacker" (1996)

 

Have a peak at this excerpt from Pinnick’s July 2014 interview with London Groove Machine.

dUg Pinnick: And there is an anxiety that happens also when I sit down to write. I’m going, ‘Oh God, what am I gonna come up with?’ And then all of a sudden the floodgates fly open, because I start thinking of all the music I’ve listened to for the last 60-some years. And so I just find the things that I love, steal them, change them around a little bit, and call them my own. Basically what all of us musicians are is just plagiarists. We just write what we’ve heard. We never come up with anything original. The more information you get, the more you can make music that will fool everyone to think that it’s original. Get what I’m saying?

London Groove Mmachine: My band is ripping off King’s X all the time. I know exactly what you’re talking about.

dUg: I have no problem with that, because I have ripped off everybody I can think of [laughs].

After reading this interview with Dug Pinnick, Odie from Monster Dog had a few words to say about it to MetalSucks. It’s not always about the money Odie told me in his own email. “Kings X is a very respected band. Musicians and music fans agree. I never cared about suing for money, or damaging their career. But for them to recognize, and credit the source of inspiration of their song, Groove Machine. It’s the right, and only thing to do.”