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

September 26th, 2014 by

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.

Bon Jovi - "You Give Love a Bad Name (intro)" (1986)

Bonnie Tyler - "If You Were a Woman and I Was a Man (intro)" (1986)

Bon Jovi - "You Give Love a Bad Name (chorus)" (1986)

Bonnie Tyler - "If You Were a Woman and I Was a Man (chorus)" (1986)

Ankie Bagger - "Where Were You Last Night" (1989)

The Carlisle song is definitely not as similar but here it is anyway:

Belinda Carlisle - "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" (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)

September 17th, 2014 by

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!

Daft Punk - "Get Lucky" (2013)
Milks - "Get Out" (2011)

I think maybe the chorus melody works even better with this comparison:

Daft Punk - "Get Lucky" (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.

Zack Kim - "Robot Dance" (2011)

I think this compares best with the”Get Lucky” pre-chorus:

Daft Punk - "Get Lucky" (2013)


Robin Thicke Lied About Writing “Blurred Lines”

September 16th, 2014 by

In an unusual twist to an already unusual situation Robin Thicke apparently lied about writing “Blurred Lines” (2013) for which he was previously called out on for its similarity to Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up” (1977). And in turn sued the Gaye camp for those claims to protect himself. So did he even write the track? Well he certainly wanted credit for it. Here are some quotes I grabbed from this article on Mashable.

“I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio,” he said. “So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted — I — I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. So I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was and I — because I didn’t want him — I wanted some credit for this big hit. But the reality is, is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song.”

Here are the two tracks in full:

Marvin Gaye – “Got to Give it Up” (1977)

Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” (2013)

For the original post about this check out Robin Thicke Sues Marvin Gaye

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


This New Apple Ad Looks Like an OK GO Video

September 10th, 2014 by

OK, OK.. this isn’t for the music. I’m breaking my rules on the site for the first time. But just wanted to share this video lookalike. Apple’s new “Perspective” ad is a great play on an awesome visual perspective technique. It appears that it’s all one continuous take as well. But wait, didn’t OK GO just make something just like this?? I’m guessing the folks planning the Apple ad were pissed when OK GO’s music video came out. They were probably in the middle of shooting or planning theirs. Maybe they even delayed the release of it because of OK GO.

Apple – “Perspective”
Published on Sep 9, 2014

OK GO “The Writing’s On the Wall”
Published on Jun 17, 2014

I recently wrote up OK GO on the site for this song which sounds A LOT like New Order’s “Tempation”.
 “OK Go vs. New Order (And Damian Kulash is in that “First Kiss” video)”


UPDATE: Lawrence (check out his music) sent a Business Week this link to me regarding this. It looks like OK GO actually pitched their concept to Apple who then turned them down. Wow.

Apple’s ways of seeing things isn’t different enough, says Andy Gershon, manager of the band OK Go.
It’s entirely plausible that someone would be inspired to make a similar video. But that’s not what happened, Gershon says. He says the band met with Apple in April to pitch that visual concept as a potential video collaboration. Apple declined, so the band made its own video. Apple then hired 1stAveMachine, the production company behind OK Go’s video, to make a video for its iPhone launch event; it also used the same director. Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment. “The videos speak for themselves and you can draw your own conclusions,” says Gershon.

Gershon says OK Go is exploring its legal options, but it may not have many. Taking someone’s idea and adapting it for your own purposes in this manner is generally not a violation of copyright law, says Mark Lemley, a professor at Stanford Law School. There is some precedent in state courts for so-called idea submission cases, where someone who has pitched an idea in private has sought relief when that idea is used without their involvement. But Lemley says it’s not clear whether OK Go would prevail in this instance, especially in the absence of a non-disclosure agreement between the two sides. “You could imagine circumstances where there’s a legal claim here, although I think it’s unlikely to succeed,” he says. “That said, from a PR perspective, I’d say it wasn’t a smart move by Apple.”
–   “OK Go: Apple Ripped Off Our Video”,

Battle of the Saxes (Ariana Grande vs. Jason Derulo vs. Macklemore vs. Wild Sugar)

September 9th, 2014 by

It has come to my attention from various sources that there is a saxophone epidemic on our hands. I think the interesting thing about it is that the saxophone has always played an odd role in pop music. You have your Kenny G., the late Clarence Clemons (of  Bruce Springstein’s outfit), INXS’s Kirk Pengilly and a slew of other sunglass-wearing guys swaying in the background waiting for their time in the spotlight. I never really thought the saxophone was consider cool in rock and hip-hop but somehow it creeps in there from time to time. Is it making a comeback?

So I can’t decipher if today’s artists are using this instrument ironically in their music or not (I’m guessing a yes for Macklemore).

Let’s have a listen to some saxophone soundalikes:
(note: one of the producers on “Problem” is Max Martin. He has made numerous appearances on this site)

Ariana Grande - "Problem" (2014)
Macklemore - "Thrift Shop" (2012)

Some similarities here as well:

Jason Derulo - "Talk Dirty" (2013)

In a previous post I compared Macklemore vs. Le1f

Le1f - "Wut" (April 2012)

Macklemore - "Thrift Shop" (August 2012)

I thought it was fitting to bring The Beastie Boys into the mix. Their  song “Brass Monkey” features a sample from Wild Sugar. I included them both here:

Wild Sugar - "Bring it Here" (1981)
Beastie Boys - "Brass Monkey" (1986)

And finally in I thought there was a hint of the melody and rhythm of C&C Music Factory’s famous track in Grande’s riff.

C N C Music Factory - "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (1990)
Ariana Grande - "Problem" (2014)

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Also worth checking out:
“The 25 most awesome saxophone songs of all time” at DeathAndTaxes

The Black Eyed Peas vs. Bryan Pringle

September 8th, 2014 by

Thanks to Eleanor for submitting this one

After some quick googling it looks like this one was in and out of court. I’m sure The Black Eyed Peas‘ team of lawyers  outnumbered Pringle’s 100 to 1 on this. I had a hard time finding any info about Pringle so if anyone has anything  please post in the comments.

Bryan Pringle in 2010 sued the Black Eyed Peas and several co-defendants, including record labels EMI April Music Inc. and Interscope Records; French DJ David Guetta, who co-produced several Black Eyed Peas songs; and several music publishing companies.

Pringle contended that the hip-hop group had ripped off “Take a Dive,” which was copyrighted in 1998, particularly a “guitar twang” melody, or “hook,” that he added in a dance version of the song he composed in 1999. However, Pringle could not obtain copyright registration for the dance version because it was deemed to not be substantially different from the original, according to his complaint.
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The Black Eyed Peas - "I Gotta Feeling" (2009)

Bryan Pringle - "Take a Dive" (1998)

I also found this more recent info. I’m not sure how these legal fees work but all I can seriously think is WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  IS THIS WHAT PEOPLE ARE SPENDING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON??!

LOS ANGELES (CN) – A federal judge awarded Black Eyed Peas songwriter $1 million in costs and attorney’s fees for defending against a claim that the band infringed copyright in the 2009 hit, “I Gotta Feeling.”

The judge awarded another $1.3 million in attorney’s fees to the band’s producer, and $50,000 to the record label.
Read More  HERE