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Old 09-27-2003, 03:42 PM
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Ripoffs

I was listening to the local radio in my car today (I know, it wasn't a long enough drive to put in a CD). This tune by Audioslave comes on - "Show Me How to Live". Kick ass - however, I felt upset after I thought about it. Not only is it a blatant King's X ripoff, Chris Cornell even sings like Doug Pinninck! (Soundgarden has done this before - e.g. "Spoonman").

Does anyone else know a song that sounds just like another one or another band? For example, there was a metal band Kingdom Come that had a Zeppelin-sounding hit. Or even riffs - listen to Spock's Beard "The Light", and after the intro, compare the next passage to "Tarkus", and then the next one to "21st Century Schizoid Man".

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Old 09-28-2003, 03:12 AM
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Re: Ripoffs

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Does anyone else know a song that sounds just like another one or another band?

Fire away!
Marillion's "Grendel" could be Supper's Ready on any other day.... still like it though.

Same with Haze's "Dig them mushrooms" and Genesis "Cinema Show".

The delightful world of Prog is full of soundalikes.....Cairo and Yes, Starcastle and Yes etc. rtc.

Doesn't mean that it's all bad though.

When I first heard Discipline's "Unfolded like Staircase" the first few bars reminded me of Led Zep's Kashmir but I went on to love the album and now it's a permenant fixture in my CD player.
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Old 09-30-2003, 11:11 AM
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Show Me How to Live...

"Show Me How to Live" does absolutely rule! Audioslave is Rage Against the Machine with a new singer.
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Old 09-30-2003, 11:17 AM
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the WORST ever!

Perhaps the most famous, blatant, evil, wrong, horrific, audacious ripoff ever is Kansas' "Carry On Wayward Son." They COMPLETELY stole the main riff of Journey's "I'm Gonna Leave." Journey opened for Kansas in 1974 and played IGL in their set. In 1975, LEFTOVERTURE came out and, well, looky-there at that first song! Neal Schon was livid and wanted to sue them, but he couldn't because LOOK INTO THE FUTURE didn't come out until 1976, and there were only bootleg performances of the song - nothing that would stand up on court. That was Kansas' break-out song. They made a fortune off Neal Schon and he didn't get a dime. He got 'em back though. Journey went on to be huge and Kansas, not-so-huge.
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Old 09-30-2003, 11:32 AM
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Just desserts

Well, let's see:

Neal Schon got his $ anyway.

Carry On Waywayd Son is one of the most perfect songs structurally ever. One of the rare occasions a great tune is overplayed, and still sounds great.

Maybe Kerry Livgren felt bad and found God. (Just a joke!)

Not their fault they didn't have the sexy Steve Perry on vocals!

I see Journey is touring with Styx, and they used to be bitter rivals. So expect Journey & Kansas to reunite.
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Old 09-30-2003, 11:43 AM
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I'm fixing to request "I'm Gonna Leave" so the truth can be known! Now you immediatley request "Carry On Wayward Son" so that they'll play back-to-back!
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Old 09-30-2003, 11:52 AM
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EP's on now

Hope it comes on after noon my time.

I would rather not subject the listeners to an overplayed tune, so I won't request it - we all know what COWS (hey, cool acronym) sounds like.

I don't doubt it's a ripoff - looking forward to hearing it.
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Damn straight

Glad you got that request in - I have to go out for awhile now - it is a carbon copy! Kansas could have switched it around a little, huh? And it wasn't needed, they could have gotten around it, and it still would have made $.

Now hearing a straight rock & roll tune on AM, hmmmm don't open the floodgates to say....Budgie?

Surprised it's on the playlist.......hmmmmmm
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Old 10-02-2003, 10:56 AM
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It's prog.


Anyway, how about when a band rips-off themselves?

Pink Floyd - "The Final Cut" rips "Comfortably Numb"
Yes - "The Miracle of Life" rips "Survival"


Then, of course, there's the half-dozen classical rips Yes did....
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Old 10-02-2003, 11:45 AM
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That's endless!

Bands do that all of the time!

I heard a Steve Howe tune on AM that had the same main riff from "I Could Have Waited Forever" from Union.

King Crimson's first two albums: the opening tunes are carbon copies, and "Epitaph" and "Posiedon" are identical.

Dog Years and Bastille Day share the same main riff.

Many more examples, I'm sure.



That song was prog? Hmmmmmm..... Excellent musicianship, though - and enjoyable.
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Fonya - Delirium's Gate is an acknowledged ripoff of Gates Of Delirium. It's playing right now, and that reminded me.
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Here's another one playing now - Bruford Levin's "Cracking The Midnight Glass" rips off Led Zep's "Kashmir" (the signature riff) in a big way.
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Keep them coming...

this stuff is great!
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Fonya - Delirium's Gate is an acknowledged ripoff of Gates Of Delirium. It's playing right now, and that reminded me.
Well, this is and Bruford Levin songs aren't really ripoffs - just covers with different names. Bruford Levin's song only rips off that main theme for the cello... but I think they made the mistake of not acknowledging it, porbably to avoid paying royalties. The "controversy" made it all the way to MTV! Yes, prog did appear on MTV news if for a brief second!
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Old 10-20-2003, 09:26 PM
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MTV

is still on?

I remember seeing Steve Morse 20 years ago, and he played a tune called "Cruise Missile", and called it "The Official Party Tune of the 1984 Olympics", and also said "You will hear this on MTV at 5:58 AM on Sunday mornings".
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It's prog.


Anyway, how about when a band rips-off themselves?

Pink Floyd - "The Final Cut" rips "Comfortably Numb"
Yes - "The Miracle of Life" rips "Survival"


Then, of course, there's the half-dozen classical rips Yes did....
Hmm...good point,

how about another self rip off:

King Crimson-"Pictures of A City" Rips "21st Century Schizoid Man"
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Go back 7 posts!

I mentioned that exact one (King Crimson) - in fact most of the cuts are carbon copies!
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in fact most of the cuts are carbon copies!
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A couple more.

I guess it's a well known fact that Mr Fripp (bless him) basically quotes Holst's "Mars" from The Planets Suite almost note for note on 'The Devil's Triangle' and even had the nerve to give himself song writing credits for it. Very cheeky as the statutory copywright period of, I think, 50 years hadn't expired.

The Doors were taken to court (and lost) over 'Hello I love you' for plagiarising The Kinks 'All day and all of the night'.
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Old 10-21-2003, 08:58 AM
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Really?

The Doors lost on that? I don't get it, they're not that much the same.

There's always the famous "My Sweet Lord" doo lang doo lang doo lang stolen from the Chiffons' "He's So Fine". And of course "Ghostbusters" and "I Want A New Drug".

I'm still fascinated by the one Yesspaz said about Journey and Kansas.

Speaking of the Kinks, dada payed a little of "I'm So Tired" as part of one of their songs. That and the instrumental "Eleanor Rigby" section of a song was killer.

And with the Kinks, like Oasis, must you English brothers always fight?
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