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(USA Today)   Robin Thicke sues Marvin Gaye's family, apparently unaware of what Marvin Gaye's family is capable of   (usatoday.com) divider line 141
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2013-08-18 10:10:01 AM
I can't speak for the George Clinton portion of the claims.  But as far as Marvin Gaye, that should be a slam dunk loss to the plaintiffs.  All you've got to do is play the two songs and it should be over in the 10 minutes it takes for both of them to play through.
 
2013-08-18 10:12:39 AM
I thought they had sampled Marvin the first time I heard it.
 
2013-08-18 10:20:52 AM
Both songs are different.   Different tempo, different base line.  The drum line sounds similar...but not the same.

/What's that Vanilla Ice quote?
 
2013-08-18 10:31:15 AM
Yeah that song is pretty much straight up theft of Marvin Gaye.
 
2013-08-18 11:22:59 AM
If he's not careful, he'll get more...

(Sunglasses)

....bang for his buck.
 
2013-08-18 11:26:22 AM
Theft. Done. R.I.P. Marvin
 
2013-08-18 11:29:55 AM
Same thing the Dumb Blonde said.
 
2013-08-18 11:31:03 AM
The first time I heard the song I thought the first few bars were to "Got to Give It Up", seriously.
 
2013-08-18 11:34:51 AM

A. Snatchfold: The first time I heard the song I thought the first few bars were to "Got to Give It Up", seriously.


This
 
2013-08-18 11:37:55 AM
I have a hard time taking seriously any performer whose stage show consists almost entirely of seizure-inducing presentation of his Twitter hashtag.

/yeah, stolen.
//RIP Marvin
 
2013-08-18 11:38:53 AM
if he loses can they rule that they can never play the song again?
 
2013-08-18 11:40:25 AM
Chris Isaac ought to sue him for copying his wardrobe and hair.  Really he should make it a class action involving ricky martin.

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www.thecenterfortheperformingarts.org
 
2013-08-18 11:55:49 AM
So they're going to get it on?
 
2013-08-18 11:56:28 AM
"...their song Blurred Lines does not copy elements from two older songs from Marvin Gaye and Funkadelic ..."

i166.photobucket.com
 
2013-08-18 11:58:15 AM
To be fair, the music industry has been stealing music from talented people for decades. However, normally those people are dead and not well-known masters.
 
2013-08-18 12:00:50 PM
Blurred Lines.  Get Lucky.  Treasure.  Three biggest songs of the summer.

Disco/funk is back.  Deal with it.
 
2013-08-18 12:03:19 PM
He should be sued by every softcore porn director regarding his video.
 
2013-08-18 12:03:51 PM

foo monkey: Blurred Lines.  Get Lucky.  Treasure.  Three biggest songs of the summer.

Disco/funk is back here because it's summer and the music industry markets sounds to the seasons, as they have for decades. Next year it will be something different.  Deal with it.

 
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2013-08-18 12:10:24 PM

TheDumbBlonde: I thought they had sampled Marvin the first time I heard it.


gtfo.
 
2013-08-18 12:13:36 PM
Meh. None of the melodies are close enough to be considered plagiarism. However, if you play Blurred Lines and sing the popular Sunday school song "Father Abraham," the bass lines of Blurred Lines and melody of Father Abraham are pretty damn similar, right up to the descending line at the end that starts on the V and walks down to the I. The chord progression is identical too.

God may have a case here....
 
2013-08-18 12:15:31 PM

WTF Indeed: foo monkey: Blurred Lines.  Get Lucky.  Treasure.  Three biggest songs of the summer.

Disco/funk is back here because it's summer and the music industry markets sounds to the seasons, as they have for decades. Next year it will be something different.  Deal with it.


Fark, where grunge lives forever
 
2013-08-18 12:17:00 PM
I guess people forgot the watch the video with topless women with the sound off

BTW, who decided the Neptunes should be producing again?
 
2013-08-18 12:17:28 PM
It's a listenable song, and the use of influences is made obvious.  It's like Lady Gaga with scruples, wide aesthetics, and talent.  And I'm the last person who would defend a top 40s single made by the son of a sitcom actor.
 
2013-08-18 12:18:50 PM
Very similar, yes. Inspired by, probably. Same genre, yup. Same background hoot 'n holler? Yeah. Same Muppet-baby keyboard bossa nova back-beat, uh-huh.

Same song? Not even remotely.
 
2013-08-18 12:19:46 PM
LewDux:  Fark Depressed, suburban white kids, where grunge lives forever
 
2013-08-18 12:20:24 PM

raerae1980: Both songs are different.   Different tempo, different base line.  The drum line sounds similar...but not the same.

/What's that Vanilla Ice quote?


"Please don't dangle me out the window again, Mister Suge Knight, I'll be good!"

Wait, you meant the OTHER quote?
 
2013-08-18 12:22:47 PM

italie: Very similar, yes. Inspired by, probably. Same genre, yup. Same background hoot 'n holler? Yeah. Same Muppet-baby keyboard bossa nova back-beat, uh-huh.

Same song? Not even remotely.


That's pretty much my take on it. It's a fun song that's total pantie-peeler. For that reason alone I would be happy with Robin keeping credit for it.
 
2013-08-18 12:23:58 PM
Theirs goes "dun dun dun dunnunun... dun dun dun dununun".

Ours goes "dun dun dun dununun... dun DUN dun dununun".
 
2013-08-18 12:26:18 PM
Reminds me of the Bruno Mars thing a few months ago with the Police similarities to Locked out of Heaven. Bruno was asked something to the effect of 'was he trying to emulate the Police', and his response was great:

"Hell yeah! You try to write a Police song!...And as an artist, as a songwriter, it's like 'Man, I want to write a song that makes people's eyes explode the first chord!' "
 
2013-08-18 12:28:03 PM
"Oh my god, I just shot Marvin in the face!"

/This is some got-dam repugnant shiat.

//What am I doing on brain detail in the first place?
 
2013-08-18 12:30:37 PM
Well... I remember there was a lawsuit against Paris Hilton for ripping off "Kingston Town" in one of her "songs" -- I don't recall something ever came out of it.

Still, good luck to Marvin Gaye's family.
 
2013-08-18 12:31:44 PM

thamike: It's a listenable song, and the use of influences is made obvious.  It's like Lady Gaga with scruples, wide aesthetics, and talent.  And I'm the last person who would defend a top 40s single made by the son of a sitcom actor.


Are you trying to say gaga doesn't have talent? It's not like she made it on looks.
 
2013-08-18 12:32:07 PM

Dinobot: Well... I remember there was a lawsuit against Paris Hilton for ripping off "Kingston Town" in one of her "songs"


Can you sue an autotune machine?
 
2013-08-18 12:38:01 PM
Who? Oh, and

i291.photobucket.com
 
2013-08-18 12:41:48 PM

Thanks for the Meme-ries: Who? Oh, and

Perfection

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I love that body type
 
2013-08-18 12:45:52 PM

Waldo Pepper: Thanks for the Meme-ries: Who? Oh, and Perfection

[i291.photobucket.com image 800x600]

I love that body type


www.urbanmoms.ca
 
2013-08-18 12:48:07 PM
I actually like the song...

*ducks*
 
2013-08-18 12:51:25 PM
I literally thought that was a commercial jingle until like a week ago.
 
2013-08-18 12:53:33 PM

Bonanza Jellybean: I literally thought that was a commercial jingle until like a week ago.


yeah me too, then i suffered through about a minute of it on colbert before i turned it off
 
2013-08-18 12:54:58 PM
The baseline and drums are similar, but not the same. I like the line from Thicke's lawsuit that you can't protect an entire genre of music.
 
2013-08-18 12:55:42 PM

foo monkey: Waldo Pepper: Thanks for the Meme-ries: Who? Oh, and Perfection

[i291.photobucket.com image 800x600]

I love that body type

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and?
 
2013-08-18 12:57:58 PM
You see its really Marvin Gaye's fault here for writing and recording this shiatstain's crappy single 40 years before he "wrote" and recorded it.
 
2013-08-18 01:04:22 PM

thecpt: thamike: It's a listenable song, and the use of influences is made obvious.  It's like Lady Gaga with scruples, wide aesthetics, and talent.  And I'm the last person who would defend a top 40s single made by the son of a sitcom actor.

Are you trying to say gaga doesn't have talent? It's not like she made it on looks.


She has talent, but she stopped using it for the sake of marketability.  Kind of a cynical move, actually, but a fairly common one.
 
2013-08-18 01:09:18 PM

TheLurkerBelow: I actually like the song...

*ducks*


Not sure why I do, too. Heard on The Colbert Report, went to look into the 'controversy', found an explicit video for a pop song, went to check out... rather enjoy what I thought was the juxtaposition except the lyrics are subversive as far as pop music is concerned. Plus, there is a throw back quality, hence the issues with George Clinton and Marvin Gaye.
 
2013-08-18 01:15:43 PM
It's similar, but sadly I forced myself to listen to them side by side (I hate the Thicke song, but the visuals make it bearable) and they aren't samples, recreations maybe, but the only element that sounds nearly the same is the cowbell, and a cowbell always sounds the same. Always.
 
2013-08-18 01:20:56 PM
Robin who?
 
2013-08-18 01:21:12 PM
It's different.
Now with vanilla ice,adding a note doesn't make it original
 
2013-08-18 01:33:52 PM

deadsanta: It's similar, but sadly I forced myself to listen to them side by side (I hate the Thicke song, but the visuals make it bearable) and they aren't samples, recreations maybe, but the only element that sounds nearly the same is the cowbell, and a cowbell always sounds the same. Always.


upload.wikimedia.org

You had it coming.
 
2013-08-18 01:35:03 PM
At first I thought this was about ALAN Thicke... And I was like WTF?!?!

Now I don't know who this is, but it seems to be another urban-styled musician who can't create his own tunes and instead has to plagiarize "sample" from people who could actually compose music.

Doesn't this younger generation EVER get sick of listening to recycled, reused, co-opted music? Is there anyone in this generation that actually composes music and REALLY sings their own songs?
 
2013-08-18 01:37:42 PM

deadsanta: It's similar, but sadly I forced myself to listen to them side by side (I hate the Thicke song, but the visuals make it bearable) and they aren't samples, recreations maybe, but the only element that sounds nearly the same is the cowbell, and a cowbell always sounds the same. Always.


Oh, wait... So it IS plagiarism and not "sampling", then?

It's hard to keep it straight these days, what with guys like Kanye and Timbaland basically stealing whole songs and just adding a bassline and rap. Even Daft Punk rips off Edwin Birdsong's entire song for their biggest hit.
 
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