New Order vs. John Denver

I need some help with this one.

Ever since Patrick mentioned this to me it’s been driving me nuts. According to Wikipedia John Denver sued New Order claiming that, “its wordless guitar break was based on his ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane'”. And later an out-of-court settlement, “ensured that the song would never be re-released in its original form”. I’ve listened to a few different versions of Run2 and all I can find is what I grabbed in this post. I either don’t have the correct original version or John Denver was smoking some really strong pot.

John Denver - "Leaving on a Jet Plane" (1967)

New Order - "Run2" (1989)

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9 Replies to “New Order vs. John Denver”

  1. tibieryo

    It’s the chorus! The guitar riff is the chorus. The rhythm is wonky, and the last note is the wrong interval, but those are the intervals from the chorus, definitely.

    Not worth suing over, though.

  2. JXN

    I saw New Order and I had to mention this one that my friends and I noticed not to long ago. The intro to Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order and the intro to 11th Dimension by Julian Casablancas (The Strokes) sound identical.


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