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Stolen Riffs

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Woodchuck, Nov 12, 2001.


  1. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I was listening to "Limelight" by Rush, and it occurred to me that Macca & Wings stole that guitar riff for the beginning of "Band On the Run". I also remember Rick James (underrated bassist) stole the main bassline for the Mary Jane Girls' "All Night Long" from "Keep Rising To The Top" by Kenny Burrell, who in turn borrowed parts from Heatwave's "Ain't No Half Steppin'". Can anyone think of any others? Please, no rap tunes. Too easy!;)
     
  2. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Oh yeah, James Brown had a song called "Gimme Yo' Lovin'", whose bassline was taken from David Bowie's "Fame".
     
  3. "Band on the Run" was released in 1973. "Limelight" was released in 1981. How do you figure Sir Paul and company swiped that riff?

    Same with Brown and Bowie.
     
  4. yeah, I've heard that- the guitar line is very similar too. never knew which came first....

    others;
    Nirvana -"Come as You are", taken from Killing Joke's "Eighties".
    Elastica- "Waking up", from The Stranglers' "no more heroes" (the Stranglers got 50% credits via settlement)
    Elastica- "mad dog", bassline from The Stranglers' "nice n' Sleazy".
    Elastica- "Connection", from Wire's "Three girl rhumba".
    Papa Roach- "Last resort", from Iron Maiden's "Genghis Khan".
     
  5. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Thank you. Brain cramp on the Rush deal, but the JB cut but came out about a year and a half after the Bowie song.
     
  6. I have brain cramps all the time, warwicknut. Usually they're considerably more embarrassing than this one. The older you get the bigger your screwups are ;)

    cheers,

    allan
     
  7. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Incognito borrowed a lot from Billy Cobham's Spectrum, don't remember the names of the songs, though.
     
  8. beermonkey

    beermonkey

    Sep 26, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    The "Timmy & The Lords of the Underworld" song from the Timmy 2000 episode of Southpark is almost note-for-note the intro to Rush's "Spirit of Radio"... just played different rhythmically.
     
  9. Hey Mr. Andrews, how did you get "Last Resort" from "Genghis Khan"? I listened to them both but I can't hear the main riff from the Papa Roach song in the Iron Maiden one.

    ---EDIT---

    Just listened to the song again, can't believe I missed it.
     
  10. The opening riff from "blitzkreig bop" by the ramones was used in "last caress" by the misfits.
     
  11. Play crazy train's main guitar riff slow... remind you of anything? Sweet Dreams are made of these...
     
  12. Smash Mouth completely ripped off the Doors song 'Soul Kitchen' with their song 'Cant Get Enough Of You Baby'.
    Also the riff from 'Waiting For The Worms' on Pink Floyds 'The Wall' is suspiciously similar to the Doors 'Five To One'.
    The Doors have been accused of ripping off the Kinks 'All Day And All Of The Night' in the song 'Hello I Love You', and I gotta agree, the riff is very similar.
    Jim
     
  13. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Massive Attack sampled this on their UK hit "Safe from Harm" , but they gave Billy Cobham a writing credit - I think this was probably good for both artists in terms of reviving interest amongst people who were too young to have bought the album first time around.

    So Billy Cobham was quite popular in the 70s but had dropped out of public view a bit; however interest picked up over here, when he got sampled by a lot of rap artists.
     
  14. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Back on the main topic, there is a RadioHead track where the main guitar riff is almost a perfect copy of Status Quo's 60s psychadelia hit "Pictures of MatchStick Men" - but I think most of their fans have never heard this!! ;)
     
  15. Hey, what was that band that came out in the late eighties - early nineties that sounded almost exactly like Led Zeppelin? Gary Moore wrote a song about them called Led Clones in which Ozzy Osborne sang.
     
  16. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Kingdom Come?
     
  17. Smash, the part I personally was talking about was the guitar "solo". In "Genghis Khan", it starts at 1:46.
     
  18. That's the one.:)
     
  19. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    Do you mean stolen as in the riff is the exact same riff, or that they are similar?

    Music has been around for thousands and thousands of years (maybe even millions?). You've got to think that somewhere along the line, some "riffs" are eventually gonna get played with the same notes and in the same way.
     
  20. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    True, but if I write and record a song whose main riff is the EXACT same as the riff in "Enter Sadman", and I pass it off as new and original, then that argument is moot.