UPDATE #2: Huey Lewis & The News vs. Ray Parker Jr. vs. The Bar-Kays vs. Queen

UPDATE 6/21/2017:

Hans pointed out in the comments that “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)”  from 1979 by the Jackson 5 needs to be added. He’s right!

Who you gonna call?! Freddie Mercury?

Here’s an update to  Huey Lewis & The News vs. Ray Parker Jr which was one of the first posts on this site.

Huey Lewis & The News vs. Ray Parker Jr. vs. Bar-Kays vs. Queen Ghotbusters Theme
[Ahh, Photoshop… the possibilities are endless.
L to R: Huey Lewis, Freddie Mercury, Ben Cauley of the Bar-Kays, Ray Parker, Jr. 

Travis pointed out how much Queen‘s 1989 “The Invisible Man” sounds like the Ghostbusters theme as well   (Make sure you check out the video below -it’s totally 80s).  So listen to all four of these tracks. I’ve also updated  “I Want a New Drug” and “Ghostbusters”  to include the verses and intros.

The Bar-Kays - "Soul Finger" (1967)

Huey Lewis & The News - "I Want a New Drug (verse)" (1984)
Huey Lewis & The News - "I Want a New Drug (intro)" (1984)

Ray Parker Jr. - "Ghostbusters Theme (intro)" (1984)

Ray Parker Jr. - "Ghostbusters Theme (verse)" (1984)

Queen - "The Invisible Man" (1989)


Here’s some reading from Wikipedia:

I found this on wikipedia regarding the Huey Lewis & The News track “I Want a New Drug” (1984) and Ray Parker Jr.’s theme to the movie Ghostbusters (also 1984). Ever since this song, if  anyone asks me “who I’m gonna call” you know what I’m gonna say.

In 1984, Ray Parker Jr. was signed by the producers of Ghostbusters to develop the film’s title song. Later that year, Huey Lewis and the News sued Parker, citing the similarities between the “Ghostbusters” song and their earlier hit “I Want a New Drug”. According to Huey Lewis and the News, this was especially damaging to them since “Ghostbusters” was so popular, rising to number one on the charts for three weeks. Parker and Lewis later settled out of court. Huey Lewis has stated that his experiences with the producers of Ghostbusters may have been indirectly responsible for getting his band involved with the movie Back to the Future.

In the 2001 Behind the Music special, Huey Lewis stated: “The offensive part was not so much that Ray Parker Jr. had ripped this song off, it was kind of symbolic of an industry that wants something—they wanted our wave, and they wanted to buy it. … [I]t’s not for sale. … In the end, I suppose they were right. I suppose it was for sale, because, basically, they bought it.” As a result of this statement, Parker Jr. filed a suit against Lewis, claiming he violated the settlement’s confidentiality agreement and seeking an unspecified amount of compensatory and punitive damages as well as attorney fees.

An issue of Premiere Magazine would later feature an anniversary article about the movie Ghostbusters. In that article, the filmmakers admit to using the song “I Want A New Drug” as temporary background music in many scenes. They then said that they had made an offer to Huey Lewis and the News to write the main theme, but they declined. The filmmakers then provided Ray Parker Jr film footage—with the Huey Lewis song in the background—to aid Parker in writing the theme song.  – Huey Lewis & The News on Wikipedia


The most important question here is will there be a Ghostbusters 3? And if so will Huey Lewis and Ray Parker Jr. co-write a new theme song.
“I Want a New Ghost”
“I Ain’t Afraid of No Drugs”

And now the video for Queen “The Invisible Man”


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16 Replies to “UPDATE #2: Huey Lewis & The News vs. Ray Parker Jr. vs. The Bar-Kays vs. Queen”

    1. Keith Post author

      Rammstein “Amerika” (2004) vs. The Beatles “Yellow Submarine” (1966)
      Ha. Hmm, well before even clicking on the Yellow Submarine link and not knowing what it is I heard what you were thinking. I don’t think the melody is very similar, it’s more the lyrics that sound alike.

  1. Travis

    Yeah thats what I meant by strange….

    Try this long one though..


    Marion Raven: Break you

    Def Leppard:pour some sugar

    Queen:we will rock you

    Deep purple:stormbringer

  2. Travis

    more i listen to these the more i think theres something from Al Green that resembles this..maybe not exactly but theres definitely something by him that has a close resemblance..cant remember what it is though..

  3. Travis

    heres a few for the metalheads

    venom:welcome to hell

    iron maiden:2 minutes to midnight

    accept:flash rockin man


    now for another riff comparison

    metallica:day that never comes

    joe satriani:chords of life

    heres another comparison to look at:

    sum 41:no reason

    linkin park:one step closer

    one more then ill stop this long drawn out post

    demon hunter:heartstrings

    linkin park:numb

  4. Hans Olav

    Still no Jackson 5 in this one? Seriously, shake your body (down to the ground) has the same riff too – in the bass and synth…


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