Sounds Like Teen Spirit (2016 Edition)
Stolen Melodies, Ripped-Off Riffs, and The Secret History of Rock and Roll
Pub Date: Jan 11, 2016
If you listen to a lot of music, you do find yourself regularly thinking ‘that sounds like …’ This book looks at those songs and artists who have been *cough* ‘inspired’ by other songs.
There are chapters devoted to serial ‘borrowers’ such as The Beatles, The Stones, Led Zeppelin, Brice Springsteen and Bob Dylan (who doesn’t stop at music for his plagiarism), as well as more recent proponents of the skill – Oasis and Green Day, Robin Thicke, Sam Smith and Coldplay. And a lot of fun it is too.
• Did you ever listen to Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Outlaw Pete’ and think, hang on this is ‘I was Made for Lovin’ You’ by Kiss? or hear the guitar riff in Gun’s and Roses’ ‘Paradise City’ and immediately think ‘Macarena’! ? or maybe listen to Bob Marley’s ‘Buffalo Soldier’ and wonder why he starts to sing the melody from “The Banana Splits Theme!” ?
• Do you know John Denver has a writing credit on a New Order song?
• Or know the Green Day ‘song’ that manages to rip off four different tracks?
This is the book that will have you checking out Jorge Ben’s – Taj Mahal (Rod Stewart’s Do Ya Think I’m Sexy rips it off), and Jimi Hendrix’s Third Stone from the Sun (a song I’m very familiar with but until this book had never linked to Right Said Fred’s ‘I’m So Sexy!’ – but, it’s TRUE!)
Great Fun for music geeks everywhere.