Life in the Slow Lane

September 26, 2008

Copycat musicians dot the landscape

Filed under: Music — pauljlane @ 3:22 pm

To follow up on Sunday’s book review of “Sounds Like Teen Spirit” that appeared in Sunday lifestyle, here are some examples cited by the ahtour of that text.

First, here’s Chuck Berry’s “You Can’t Catch Me,” certain elements of which were borrowed by The Beatles for “Come Together.”

Punk pioneers The Jam, in turn, borrowed from The Beatles in writing “Start!” Can you guess which “taxing” Beatles tune they took elements from?

Everyone’s heard The Beach Boys’ “Surfin USA,” but not as many people realize that they borrowed so heavily from Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen” that they were forced to give Berry a co-writing credit for the song.

Do you have any other examples like this? Discuss.


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