Springsteen Says Rockers Are Thieves: Five Songs You May Not Know Were Stolen

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Elastica's "Connection" (Stolen from Wire's "Three Girl Rhumba")



Now this one is sheer unadulterated lunacy! In 1995, Elastica stole a song (yes, stole!) from Wire, and decided that if it if they did the riff slightly better, no one would notice. Wire did, of course, notice (because its members would have had to be dead not to), which resulted in a lawsuit that was settled out of court. We have to give Elastica some props however, based on the fact that the members clearly had balls the size of Canada to even attempt this.




Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Dani California" (Stolen from Tom Petty's "Mary Jane's Last Dance")



It's pretty ironic how many people the Chili Peppers impersonate in this video. If they'd wanted to be super obvious about the origins of "Dani California," they should've just gone ahead and imitated the (much cooler) video for "Mary Jane's Last Dance" by Tom Petty. When Rolling Stone pointed out the remarkable musical similarity between the two songs, Tom Petty -- ever the dignified elder statesman -- shrugged it off. He knows a thing or two about getting ripped off, though. "A lot of rock 'n' roll songs sound alike," he told the magazine. "Ask Chuck Berry. The Strokes took "American Girl" [for "Last Nite"] and I saw an interview with them where they actually admitted it. That made me laugh out loud. I was like, 'Okay, good for you.' It doesn't bother me." You're a bigger man than us, Petty, a bigger man that us...


 

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guest
guest

you clearly don't understand anything about music theory. The chords in the white stripes song are not even the same... two out of three ain't enough for calling it a copy and no judge in the world would have opened a case for this nothing that it is. Just because someone plays the same rhythm on two chords after one another it doesn't make it a rip-off

guest
guest

They also ripped of Dillinger Four's doublewhiskeycokenoice.  It's way more glaring that ripping off "Boxcar", actually, and it was clearly intentional because Billie Joe has said that D4 is one of the best bands in punk rock right now.

Kevininslo
Kevininslo

Drops Of Jupiter can be sung to Drift Away. Not a riff but the entire tune. And it won Song Of The Year.

Tenpercenter
Tenpercenter

White Stripes also ripped off The Pretenders "Middle Of The Road" for their chorus in "Fell In Love With A Girl". I think that one is even more obvious than the Nirvana ripoff.

Gregdimo
Gregdimo

Green Day also ripped off the Kinks with Warning...same riff as Picture Book

NyukNyukNyuk
NyukNyukNyuk

Kid Rock ripping off the Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon

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NyukNyukNyuk

Red Hot Chili Peppers - can't remember the title, but the verse is pretty much note-for-note Lady Madonna by the Beatles.

Alan Scherstuhl
Alan Scherstuhl

One of my favorites is the Drive-By Truckers' "Marry Me," which is stolen from The Eagles' "Already Gone" -- and a major improvement. 

Also, can we count "Every Paul Simon song, ever"?

Por
Por

 Identical riff.

ZevWar
ZevWar

That wasn't a rip-off. Warren Zevon was given partial songwriting credit. Check the wiki page for "All Summer Long" for details on how the song came about.

Kevininslo
Kevininslo

I'm not sure about Paul Simon. Unless you mean other people stealing from him.

Por
Por

It's so identical I bet if you asked Billie Joe he would say it was an intentional homage.

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