Bill Clinton Sings Blurred Lines, Plus Robin Thicke VS Marvin Gaye and Pete Townshend VS One Direction
8/19/2013 3:00:00 PM
I’m back from my whirlwind trip to NYC, which I will detail on a blog later on this week. I’ll talk a little about it today on the DGS at 5:35 tonight. Also tune in to the DGS today to hear Frank Cusamano on sports at 3:35, and Mike Novak from Alternative Mortgage Solutions at 4:35.
While I was in NYC, a "controversy" erupted on Twitter, with all kinds of hysteria over whether or not ONE DIRECTION'S "Best Song Ever" rips off THE WHO'S classic, "Baba O'Riley". Well, WHO guitarist PETE TOWNSHEND is weighing in . . . and he doesn't think there's anything to it.
He says, quote, "I like the single. I like One Direction. The chords I used and the chords they used are the same three chords we've all been using in basic pop music since Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry made it clear that fancy chords don't mean great music . . . not always. "I'm still writing songs that sound like 'Baba O'Riley' . . . or I'm trying to!" Of course, the songs don't sound much alike . . . except for the beginning of "Best Song Ever", which DOES sound similar to "Baba O'Riley".
But it isn't really enough to warrant a freak-out. In fact, Pete says he'd be THRILLED if The Who influenced One Direction . . . or any other group. He explains, quote, "[They're] in my business, with a million fans, and I'm happy to think they may have been influenced a little bit by The Who.
Meanwhile, ROBIN THICKE has sued MARVIN GAYE'S family. . . for entertaining the notion that "Blurred Lines" rips off Marvin's song "Got to Give It Up".
PHARRELL WILLIAMS and T.I. . . . who collaborated on the song . . . are also collaborating on the lawsuit. The three of them say they have, quote, "the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye,. . . [but must] reluctantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims."
The suit argues Gaye's family is broadly laying claim to, quote, "an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work." It goes on, quote, "The basis of the Gaye defendants' claims is that [they] 'feel' or 'sound' the same. Being reminiscent of a 'sound' is not copyright infringement.
The intent in producing 'Blurred Lines' was to evoke an era . . . "There are no similarities between plaintiffs' composition and those the claimants allege they own, other than commonplace musical elements. Plaintiffs created a hit and did it without copying anyone else's composition."
What do YOU think? Here’s Gaye’s song.
For the record, nobody has threatened to sue Robin over the song . . . he's doing this as a preventive measure because he's worried they might.
There's been no comment from Gaye's family.
Now I'm not allowed by THE MAN to post Robin Thicke's video for Blurred Lines, so how about I end today's blog with...