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