Bands that are ripoffs of other bands

Discussion in 'Movies, TV and Music' started by superdave, Sep 21, 2003.

  1. superdave

    superdave Member+

    Jul 14, 1999
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    I just wonder what bands you guys think rip off other bands.

    Like, The Mighty Lemon Drops ripped off Echo and the Bunnymen. Sixpence None the Richer totally rip off the Sundays. Coldplay rips off Radiohead. INXS ripped off David Bowie. The Alarm ripped off U2.

    Sometimes the ripper can be pretty great. Early Springsteen really, really ripped off Dylan.
     
  2. slipknotter

    slipknotter New Member

    May 31, 2000
    Austin, TX
    We had a thread similar to this, linking specific songs to other that sound very much alike. As for bands, I'm not too sure. But as for songs, Sublime's "What I Got" sounds an awful lot like The Beatles' "Lady Madonna" and Papa Roach's "Last Resort" main riff is stolen from Maiden's "Hallowed Be Thy Name"
     
  3. Nate505

    Nate505 Member

    Feb 10, 2002
    Colorado
    Godsmack is such a ripoff of Alice in Chains it isn't funny (even though I don't hate Godsmack as much as many people do). Hell, their name is an Alice and Chains song.....
     
  4. Dante

    Dante Moderator
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    WTF? I don't see how Godsmack is a ripoff of AiC. Two different styles of music.
     
  5. Jawz10

    Jawz10 Moderator

    Feb 27, 1999
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    Finch rips off Glassjaw
    Taking Back Sunday rips of Thursday
    AFI rips of the Misfits, Rancid, and Bauhaus
    The Strokes rip off the 60's
     
  6. sinner78

    sinner78 BigSoccer Supporter

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    Nov 7, 2001
    coldplay sound nothing like radiohead...
     
  7. afgrijselijkheid

    Dec 29, 2002
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    Re: Re: Bands that are ripoffs of other bands


    yeah i concur
     
  8. Belgian guy

    Belgian guy Member+

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    Don't they call Travis a poor man's Coldplay?
     
  9. TheLimeChicken

    Mar 27, 2001
    Dorchester, MA
    I'm sure Sully and the other guys would take that as a compliment. Seeing as they started life as an AiC tribute band (hence the name) and have stated in local radio interviews on WAAF that they pretty much still consider themselves and AiC tribute band, just one that does original songs now, i.e. they still pretty much try to sound like them.

    BTW, I pretty much can't stand Godsmack either.
     
  10. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
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    What was the band with a heroin-addict lead singer who sounded so much like Eddie Vedder that a lot of people thought they were a Pearl Jam tribute band? I should be able to get the name since I saw them once (the heroin-addict lead singer got hit in the head with a muddy sneaker twice in the same show... a thing of beauty) but other than that, since they were opening for Butthole Surfers... every other memory was erased.
     
  11. sinner78

    sinner78 BigSoccer Supporter

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    Nov 7, 2001
    stone temple pilots??

    creed???
     
  12. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

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    That's the band.
     
  13. Cascarino's Pizzeria

    Apr 29, 2001
    New Jersey, USA
    I would NEVER associate INXS with Bowie. Maybe Bowie was an early influence, but I don't see it in any of their 80s "hits."

    The Alarm were huge ripoffs but they rode the Irish wave in the early 80s as far as they could.
     
  14. nicodemus

    nicodemus Member+

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    John Mayer is a complete ripoff of Dave Matthews.
     
  15. superdave

    superdave Member+

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    Re: Re: Bands that are ripoffs of other bands

    I thought the Alarm were Welsh.
     
  16. afgrijselijkheid

    Dec 29, 2002
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    i agree with c-pizzeria on the INXS - i thought about that today and i'm still not sure why that didn't ring false earlier



    simply put: sillyness - the biggest similarities are the acoustic guitar use and the high quality
     
  17. GringoTex

    GringoTex Member

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    Re: Re: Bands that are ripoffs of other bands

    Coldplay is Radiohead with a teenaged girlfriend and a lobotomy.
     
  18. nicodemus

    nicodemus Member+

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    I would honestly say over 50% of the people I know thought John Mayer was Dave Matthews the first time they heard him on the radio (turning it on mid-song.) He may be different now, but his first batch of material he was often using Matthews-esque vocal inflections. I don't see how people can't see the similarity. Granted, we all though it was weakest material Matthews ever put out, but it still sounded like him.
     
  19. afgrijselijkheid

    Dec 29, 2002
    mokum
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    Re: Re: Re: Bands that are ripoffs of other bands


    funny... and morbidly false... yet something to aspire to



    1-without going into detail... this does not convince me... at all

    2-their voices are easily distinguishable, 0-2

    3-i realize people who like one tend to like the other, but they are pretty different artists in just about every way... out of curiousity, do you play guitar? because if you do... i don't see how you are confusing them
     
  20. nicodemus

    nicodemus Member+

    Sep 3, 2001
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    Re: Re: Re: Re: Bands that are ripoffs of other bands

    I'm not trying to convince you...just stating my opinion.

    I like Dave Matthews, that's why I was disappointed to think that Mayer's material was Matthews' material.

    I tinker, and that's the main thing that made me question my ears. Matthews is 10 times the guitar player Mayer is. Matthews has a lot of interesting chord progressions, etc.
     
  21. afgrijselijkheid

    Dec 29, 2002
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    i guess it's cool you see it your way i see it mine, but other than the fact that they are BOTH outstanding acoustic guitar players and excellent songwriters... well you know

    in any event, a quick comparison

    voice:
    jm-very breathy with good falsetto bursts

    dm-quite nasal, likes to go meow-style out the side of his mouth, and yes has several distinctive vocal tics and hiccups

    guitar style:
    jm-mutes individual strings a lot and plays hard over them, very often uses his thumb on the low G, often plays eloquent solos, several palm mutes, likes to play at the top of the neck a lot

    dm-much more picking and two or three string bursts and/or slides, never solos (preferring to leave those to the fiddle and sax players), a big fondness for jazz chords and bar chords

    song style:
    jm-generally holds a tight, lean structure

    dm-as we know, likes to meander

    lyric style:
    jm:earnest and playful, often about girls, quite personal, questions himself and those who were/are close to him

    dm-often a bit cryptic, likes to toy with the typical sentence structure, more universal in theme, questions society a good bit


    anyway, i think they both rule and i suggest you try out john's stuff that isn't on the radio
     
  22. bmurphyfl

    bmurphyfl Member

    Jun 10, 2000
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    I'm suprised Ted Cikowski hasn't stopped by to say that Pavement is a ripoff of The Fall.

    A friend of mine used to refer to all of the 80's hair bands that ripped each other off as "Great White Lion Snake".

    Murf
     
  23. minorthreat

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    Jan 1, 2001
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    I was wondering how many posts it would take before someone mentioned either Pavement/The Fall or The Cure/New Order (possibly MVBM's two longest-running debates).

    Here's one: it's no secret that early Metallica was heavily influenced by Black Sabbath, but over half the riffs on Ride the Lightning appeared on Master of Reality in some form or another.
     
  24. minorthreat

    minorthreat Member

    Jan 1, 2001
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    Doesn't just about EVERY emo band borrow in equal parts from Glassjaw, Sunny Day Real Estate, and (occasionally) Weezer?
     
  25. Cascarino's Pizzeria

    Apr 29, 2001
    New Jersey, USA
    Re: Re: Re: Bands that are ripoffs of other bands

    You're right. Not that it matters. :)

    I always thought that Billy Joe from Green Day tried waaaay to hard to sound like Joe Strummer. My cousin picked up "Dookie" when it 1st came out and I said - "Sounds like Joe Strummer's singing for a new band." He replied - "Who's Joe Strummer?" Oh well - what can you do with these new punk converts?
     

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