Obviously stolen riffs

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Cranny, Nov 30, 2020.

  1. Cranny

    Cranny Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I like to spot riffs which one act obviously lifted from another, an amusing one is the riff of "Jocko Homo" by Devo which is lifted from the track "Dogs" by Pink Floyd. Have you spotted any interesting ones?
  2. jimmydean

    jimmydean Forum Resident

    Vienna, Austria
    u2 took pil's "public image" for "i will follow" (imho)
  3. apb

    apb Game on!

    The Kinks borrowed heavily from Jumpin' Jack Flash in Catch Me Now I'm Falling and Birthday in Bernadette.
  4. Tlaloc

    Tlaloc Token young person

    Do we consider 25 or 6 to 4's riff "obviously stolen" from Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, or is there some leeway there?
  5. Mr-Beagle

    Mr-Beagle God's atheist

    Jam stealing from The Beatles' Taxman
  6. InStepWithTheStars

    InStepWithTheStars It's a miracle, let it alter you

    North Carolina
    Cotton Mather - "Better Than A Hit"
    Writing credit: Robert Harrison
    Guitar riff played by Whit Williams

    "Rock And Roll Fadeaway" by Cotton Mather guitarist Whit Williams
    Writing credit: Whit Williams

    Rock & Roll Fadeaway, by Daily Worker (make sure you listen all the way through the first 30 seconds)

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  7. blutiga

    blutiga Forum Resident

    ACDC 'borrowing' Fleetwood Mac's 'Oh Well' for 'Beatin Around The Bush'. I like em both :)
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  8. Philo

    Philo Music Maven

    Springfield, VA
    I saw what you did there!

    although both follow the same descending paper, the notes and rhythms aren’t the same, with babe I’m gonna leave you using arpeggios and 25 or 6 to 4 using octaves.
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  9. Cranny

    Cranny Forum Resident Thread Starter

    LOL, weird, i am going to check that out :)
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  10. Silksashbash

    Silksashbash Forum Resident

    Guns n' Roses' Paradise City from Black Sabbath's Zero the Hero
    Judas Priest's Breaking the Law from Black Sabbath's Dirty Women
    Wild Thing from Louie Louie
    Iron Maiden's Twilight Zone from Girl's Take Me Dancing
    The Cult's Wild Flower from AC/DC's Rock'n'roll Singer
    Deep Purple's Black Night from Blues Magoos' Nothin' Yet from Rick Nelson's Summertime
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  11. Interpolantics

    Interpolantics Forum Resident

    Didn't Stone Stemple Pilots lift the riff to Lady Picture Show from Badfingers Apple of My Eye?
  12. Django

    Django Forum Resident

    Dublin, Ireland
    Steve Miller band - rock n me borrows a bit of Free's alright now.
    Elastica's connection apprehended for stealing Wire's three girl rhumba.
    Noel Gallagher, numerous misdemeanors
  13. Hedley Lamarr

    Hedley Lamarr Forum Resident

    Miami Beach
    Girl Gone Bad (Van Halen) from The Song Remains the Same (Led Zeppelin)

    Edge of Seventeen (Stevie Nicks) from Bring On the Night (The Police)
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  14. MHP

    MHP Lover of Rock ‘n Roll


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  15. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

    Not a clue. :)
  16. Centralscrutinizer

    Centralscrutinizer Forum Resident

    Come as You Are by Nirvana copied off Eighties by Killing Joke.

    Plastic People by Zappa another Louie Louie.

    There's already whole threads on Led Zeppelin
  17. chrisblower

    chrisblower Forum Resident

    Neil Young's Mr Soul. And also Borrowed Tune. Both from the Stones.
  18. Saul Pimon

    Saul Pimon Co-host of Nothing Is Real - A Beatles Podcast

    Weller taking The Changingman riff off ELO’s 10538 Overture.
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  19. Vangro

    Vangro Forum Resident

    But "Jocko Homo" is not obviously lifted from "Dogs"?
  20. I am pretty sure that the writing of Jocko Homo predates Dogs by a few years.
  21. Haristar

    Haristar Apollo C. Vermouth

    Hampshire, UK
    Green Day - Warning and the Kinks - Picture Book
  22. DTK

    DTK Forum Resident

    And the whole melody of Pocahontas is stolen from Carole King's He's A Bad Boy.
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  23. Jeeps! That's blatant.
  24. wow!
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  25. Vangro

    Vangro Forum Resident

    Even if it didn't, it's certainly not obviously lifted. I mean what riff in "Dogs"? If it's the "And when you lose control" section, then that's not exactly an original, or distincitve, riff, it sounds like John Cale's version of "Heartbreak Hotel"!

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