Iggy Pop vs. Jet

Submitted by Drew and David.

As soon as I heard this song I knew there was something suspicious. Jet‘s 2005 track “Are You Gonna be My Girl” lifts heavily from Iggy Pop‘s 1977 classic “Lust for Life”. (They also must’ve made a killing from the Apple iPod ads.)

Iggy Pop - "Lust for Life" (1977)
Jet - "Are You Gonna be My Girl" (2005)
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12 Replies to “Iggy Pop vs. Jet”

  1. Jools

    Jet’s song also sounds similar to the beginning of The White Stripes’ song ‘Screwdriver’ (which was on the Stripes’ debut album from 1999).

    Just thought I’d say.

  2. matt

    Another rip off of Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life” is
    Travis’ “Selfish Jean” from 2007’s ‘The Boy With No Name’

  3. Cassandra

    Take a little to the bass line of The Supremes “You Can’t Hurry Love” and a lot of other Motown songs. Instead of Jet ripping Iggy Pop it’s more like Jet and Iggy Pop ripping The Supremes.

  4. 4815162842

    I thought the same thing when I noticed the similarities between the two,
    I was raging pretty hard about the whole thing until I decided to look it up,
    This has come up before and if I remember correctly both Iggy Pop and Jet have openly stated both songs were intended as a homage to Motown.

    The line’s pretty thin but as long as they openly admit it and intend it as a tribute it’s less “ripping off” and more “like covering but different” imo.

  5. Steve

    I suppose all the arts take from the past to make it new again.

    “An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original.” (Jean Cocteau)

  6. Mark Adams

    You can also add Stray Heart by Green Day, off of iDos! in 2012. Besides, that sort of bass line dates back a little further than Motown; have a listen to (Your Love Keeps On Lifting Me) Higher and Higher by Jackie Wilson. In general, were talking about a soul bass line.

    1. Mark Adams

      Sorry, I didn’t realise (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher was a later Jackie Wilson song, originally performed in 1967, but I was right the song wasn’t Motown.

  7. Mark Adams

    I think I’ve traced that rhythm back ever further: to Sugar Foot Stomp by Fletcher Henderson. I thought a heard a similar trumpet line to the bass line in question, at the end.

  8. Deez

    Yeah but every time I hear that intro I’m disappointed when it’s a Jet song not lust for life… a little piece of my soul dies every time I hear it.

    1. keith Post author

      Hahaha. I should got through the site and collect intro’s that do this. The first one of the top of my head is The Strokes vs. Tom Petty


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