Here’s another Lukasz Gottwald (aka Dr. Luke) produced track for the site. This time for the 2007 Avril Lavigne song “Girlfriend”. The chorus similarity did not go unnoticed by seventies power pop band The Rubinoos whose 1979 single “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” shares a striking resemblance. In 2007 Rubinoos frontman Tommy Dunbar and co-writer James Gangwer filed suit in U.S. District Court in Northern California against Lavigne, Dr. Luke, RCA Records and Apple Inc.
“We are not so naive as to chalk it up to some sort of cosmic coincidence,” Dunbar said in a statement on Thursday. “The lyric, the meter, the rhythm … they’re identical.”
More about the lawsuit here: Avril Lavigne Responds To Lawsuit, Says She’s Been ‘Falsely Accused’ on MTV.com
According to PopCrunch.com the case was settled out of court in 2008.
Avril Lavigne has reached a settlement in a lawsuit that accused her of plagiarizing her hit single, “Girlfriend.”
Avril Lavigne “Girlfriend” Lawsuit Settlement; Rubinoos Avril Lavigne at PopCrunch.com
I’d also like to note that The Ramones have a song called “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” released in 1976. It doesn’t sound like either of these.
While we’re here I might as well include the audio samples from the Green Day vs. Blink-182 post for the similarity in the guitar riff.
vs. Green Day vs. Blink-182
The riff in the Avril/GD/Blink songs is also in the original MTV theme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=182oUgBfoLE#t=0m08s
Enh, I’m not buying Blink vs Green Day. I mean, if you listen to a bunch of pop-punk it’ll all start sounding the same.
Good point. I could spend all day pulling pop-punk songs together. Sometimes I like to include the big commercial hits on this site as a single example.
Honestly, I think both The Rubinoos and Avril Lavigne should be sued for ripping off The Rolling Stones – Get Off Of My Cloud.
i can think of 2 other avril comparisons
avril:everything back but you
bowling for soup:punk rock 101
i believe this is Dr.Luke yet again
avril: run away
the veronicas: 4ever
pink: u+ur hand
might be another one here as well who knows
once again … this is freaky & just messed up. i love music & i would have bet my life on some of these actually being original. Meh.
This video will explain why most songs sound the same.
The above video will also go into similar songs that are like Canon in D.
Thanks Dr. Eric!
Pachelbel’s Canon is commonly referenced on this site. Then add a similar guitar riff, a specific synthesizer sound and a nearly identical vocal melody and then we have something else. I try not to post songs that simply follow this standard progression.
Avril and Rubinoos both jacked rolling stones “get off of my cloud”
A. It really draws out their creativity. G0 homemade.
I have long thought the intro to Avril’s Unwanted was a direct rip off of Third Day’s Consuming Fire.
I’ll let you all be the judge on this comparison.
Third Day Consuming Fire (2000)
Avril Lavigne Unwanted (2003)