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Jan 21, 2013, 09:12 AM
 
Is a ripoff of "Don't Worry, Be Happy".

     
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Jan 21, 2013, 09:21 AM
 
In what sense?
     
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Jan 21, 2013, 09:34 AM
 
I'm horrible with music terminology.

I want to say the melody, but that may not be right, or not specific enough to describe what I'm talking about.
     
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Jan 21, 2013, 09:40 AM
 
You better get to posting a youtube video as evidence.
     
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Jan 21, 2013, 09:42 AM
 
I'm not that invested.
     
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Jan 21, 2013, 09:43 AM
 
Your thread is bad and you should feel bad.
     
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Jan 21, 2013, 09:55 AM
 
What else is new?
     
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Jan 21, 2013, 10:03 AM
 
Just sing it in your head.


Twenty-five years I'm alive here still
Trying to get up that great big hill...


Here's a little song I wrote
You don't have to sing it note for note...
     
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Jan 21, 2013, 11:03 AM
 
No it isn't.

HTH

It'll be much easier if you just comply.
     
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Jan 21, 2013, 11:03 AM
 
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Jan 21, 2013, 12:02 PM
 
It's a horrible song. Try singing along, but use chicken clucks instead of words- it's much more palatable.
     
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Jan 21, 2013, 01:13 PM
 
Originally Posted by ajprice View Post
No it isn't.

HTH
The chord changes in both songs are

I - IIm - IV - I

One starts in A major, the other in B major, but the relative chord progressions are the same.

This doesn't qualify as a "rip-off", though, as this particular chord progression is used in probably thousands and thousands of songs. It's not exactly rocket science to arrive at a I - II - IV - I if you're fooling around, looking for something that works.

For what it's worth, "What's Going On" by the Four Non Blondes is pretty outstanding songwriting, and the vocal performance is simply phenomenal. Damn shame she's no longer doing her own songs in the public eye (she writes for others now, mostly).
     
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Jan 21, 2013, 02:34 PM
 
Originally Posted by raleur View Post
It's a horrible song. Try singing along, but use chicken clucks instead of words- it's much more palatable.
Palatable, chicken.

I loled.
     
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Jan 21, 2013, 05:02 PM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
For what it's worth, "What's Going On" by the Four Non Blondes is pretty outstanding songwriting, and the vocal performance is simply phenomenal. Damn shame she's no longer doing her own songs in the public eye (she writes for others now, mostly).
I prefer the He-Man version.
     
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Jan 21, 2013, 05:07 PM
 
Had to google that.

Ass-tounding.
     
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Jan 21, 2013, 05:38 PM
 
You don't think I came to this conclusion listening to the original, do you?
     
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Jan 21, 2013, 06:07 PM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
The chord changes in both songs are

I - IIm - IV - I

One starts in A major, the other in B major, but the relative chord progressions are the same.

This doesn't qualify as a "rip-off", though, as this particular chord progression is used in probably thousands and thousands of songs. It's not exactly rocket science to arrive at a I - II - IV - I if you're fooling around, looking for something that works.

For what it's worth, "What's Going On" by the Four Non Blondes is pretty outstanding songwriting, and the vocal performance is simply phenomenal. Damn shame she's no longer doing her own songs in the public eye (she writes for others now, mostly).
These chords?

Axis of Awesome - 4 Four Chord Song (with song titles) - YouTube
     
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Jan 21, 2013, 06:25 PM
 
No.

That's classic, though.

(NB: chords of within a key are related — certain combinations work, certain ones don't or are jarring. It's no coincidence that music designed for widest possible mass appeal follows the same basic rules. It's sort of how pidgin English will consist of the same basic phrases and vocabulary. Although it's kind of disingenuous to cut a song off after four chords and claim it's the same as every other one. )
     
   
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