Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Internets Radio - Version Originality, much?

The other day, on the way to school, MonkeySee asked me what makes me decide if I like a song or not. We discussed this for most of the drive in. One of the things that ticks me off and makes me automatically dislike songs is when songs are blatant rip-offs of other songs. I mean, if you're going to do a cover or use a hook, that's one thing. But to basically remake a song and then act like it was your idea? That's just rude.

For example:

(I used this version because it is NOT embedding disabled... Which I'm getting pretty sick of.)

What's that? Love? A battlefield? You don't say... Wait, I believe I may have heard this somewhere before....

OH that's right. Here:



Here's another current example (again, using a non-embedding-disabled version):



Unfortunately (and this probably weakens my point, but whatever!) I could not, for the life of me, remember the song I was thinking of (or the artist), but there are plenty of "I'd be a better girlfriend for you than she is" songs to choose from. Here's one now:



Are we seriously out of new songs so we need to redo old ones and act like we're creative? Really?

1 comment:

mrsb said...

In defense of Taylor Swift (because I find her adorable, lol), I have to say that "I'd make a better girlfriend for you than her" is such a teenage girl sentiment, I think every teen singer on earth has done one. I know if I pulled out my poetry books from the ages of 13 to oh, about 20, there's probably a ton of things I wrote along those lines.

But in angsty, dark, broody (aka BAD) prose!

Not a new idea, no, but like someone said, there just are no new ideas in the world (case in point, the fact that every movie for the last 5 years has been based on a book or a remake of an old TV show, lol).

The whole "love is a battlefield" thing, though. Wow, that's just too much. That's like writing a new song about going to a hotel in California. Just no.