UPDATE: Young The Giant vs. Aztec Camera vs. Gwen Stefani vs. Weezer vs. Lita Ford

This is an update to Aztec Camera vs. Gwen Stefani vs. Weezer vs. Lita Ford

I heard “Cough Syrup” by Young the Giant the other day and started thinking about the descending vocal melody heard in these other tracks. Enjoy.

Young the Giant - "Cough Syrup" (2011)

Gwen Stefani - "What You Waiting For?" (2004)

Weezer - "Hash Pipe" (2001)

Lita Ford - "Kiss Me Deadly" (1988)

Aztec Camera - "Somewhere In My Heart" (1987)

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19 Replies to “UPDATE: Young The Giant vs. Aztec Camera vs. Gwen Stefani vs. Weezer vs. Lita Ford”

  1. erdinç yavuz

    I very strangely find this song similar to “Man on the moon from REM” and “Can’t help falling in love from Elvis Presley or cover from UB40”

  2. Kris

    That Young the Giant song is a total rip off of ‘The River is Wild’ by The Killers; exact same verse melody and even some of the same lyrics.

  3. Morgan

    “Hold It In” by Jukebox the Ghost also follows this pattern, I noticed, though I don’t hear the vocal pattern nearly as easily in Young the Giant as in the other songs. Listen to the Jukebox the Ghost song though–the pattern is uncannily similar to the other songs, specifically the Lita Ford and Aztec Camera ones mentioned in the post.

  4. Xavier

    Hi! This melody also reminds me to Pearl Jam’s “Given to fly”, from 1997…

    Good work, man!


    1. Mark Adams

      Which was said to be taken from Going to California by Led Zeppelin (1971). I consider these to have a ‘church bell’ melody while the Gwen Stefani one uses the Andalusian Cadence, starting off from an octave jump.

  5. Tin Ears

    I was also reminded of Tori Amos’s “Silent All These Years”:

    Which in turn reminds me of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Mama I’m Coming Home”:

    (According to Wikipedia, both of these songs and their respective albums came out around the same time, so there’s no way they were directly copying each other.)

  6. Josh

    This descending scale is super easy to come up with. I don’t think any of these ripped each other off on the scale bit alone. If the overall structure of the song is the exact same though, like same scale plus exact same chorus and verse structure and matching rhythms then yeah. Like how Radiohead’s “Creep” has less similarities with The Hollies’ “The Air That I Breathe” than Lana Del Rey’s “Get Free” has with “Creep”. They all have the same chord change, but “Get Free” and “Creep” have the exact same notes in their initial sections.


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