"Beans are indeed the musical fruit. Where's the nearest restroom?"
My quest to expose copycats in Hollywood is reaching a fever pitch. We’ve always known that these types of practices went on, but I feel like I’m becoming a champion for originality, even in the slightest of degrees.
And my attack is not always just against the producers of the recycled entertainment, sometimes the hungry audience is of equal blame. But what should I expect from a public that lives off fast food.
Probably unclear diatribe over. But for some examples of my past battles, you can check here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. (There are probably more that I can’t recall at this moment.)
I recently wrote about producer Dr. Luke, and guess what? I’m/he’s at it again. This time, I believe he’s ripped off his own previous writing partner, Max Martin.
Max Martin and Pink co-wrote the song, Fuckin’ Perfect, which was released December 14, 2010. Y’know… just in fuckin’ time for Christmas.
Dr. Luke and Brit pop-star, Jessie J, co-wrote the song, Price Tag, which was released January 25, 2011. Y’know… one month after– forget it.
Listen to Pink’s chorus at about the 0:48 minute mark:
Now listen to Jessie J’s chorus at about the 1:01 minute mark:
For rhythmic comparison, Fuckin’ Perfect lyrics:
Pretty pretty please, don’t you ever ever feel
Like you’re less than f*ckin’ perfect
Pretty pretty please, if you ever ever feel like you’re nothing
You’re f*ckin’ perfect to me!
And Price Tag’s lyrics:
It’s not about the money, money, money
We don’t need your money, money, money
We just wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the Price Tag
AM I CRAZY?!? It’s the same, right?
So rather than go on with this rigmarole, I’ve decided to think of this new style of music as a 70’s animation cheat. The technique is referred to as the wraparound background, and it was quite often deployed in the old Hanna-Barbera cartoons.
Here it is on display in Scooby-Doo. Watch the two hallways loop while Scooby and Shaggy flee:
Ladies and gentlemen… your modern music!