Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Musical Plagiarism At It's Worst

If you think the Red Hot Chilli Pepper's "Dani California" did some some sly thievery at the hands of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers "Mary Jane's Last Dance", check this holdup by guitar and pen. The Offspring steal every nuance from "Ob La Di, Ob La Da" imaginable, right down to the between verse phrasings. Yes, the Beatles song kinda blows, but I've always enjoyed it for the barely audible Lennon mockeries in the background at the end of each McCartney verse.

Here's a short clip of the Beatles demo version.



Doogie said...

I always wondered what it was about that Offspring song that sounded so damned familiar. You'd think I'd have caught on to that years ago. Amusing video, if for no other reason than they got Bob Eubanks to make a cameo.

As for the Beatles song, I thought that was intentional. I didn't realize John was mocking Paul, though I did know that they were all already pretty damned sick of each other by that point.

reality check said...

It's a good video and I DO LIKE the song - funny as hell - but the arrangement is so close. You'd think they would feel alittle silly being a major band copying it like they do.

Back in the turntable days, I used to rewire the stylus just to hear Lennon mock the song. Switching the blue, red, green and yellow wires a certain way reverted the recording back to mono and revealed tons of hidden gems. If you have vinyl from back in the period of 1965 to 1975, you'll often find it can still be done.

Thanks for popping in!