Sunday, June 04, 2006

Tom Petty vs. Red Hot Chili Peppers

The RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS' recent hit ''Dani California'' is uncomfortably similar to TOM PETTY's 1993 song ''Mary Jane's Last Dance,'' according to two Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, talk-show hosts who posted an MP3 comparing the tracks online this week. ''It's not just the chord progressions are the same -- the entire theme of the song is the same, and some of the lyrics are the same,'' says Jared Morris, a producer and talk-show host at WGMD-FM. But while published reports allege an infuriated Petty intends to sue over copyright infringement, the singer wasn't available for comment and spokespeople for the longtime Heartbreakers frontman wouldn't talk.
Not only that, a University of Chicago musicologist says the ''Dani California'' passage is hardly similar enough to ''Mary Jane's Last Dance'' to hold up in court. ''The opening parts of both songs have very similar grooves, they use pretty much the same chord progressions and the ways the melodies are patterned are similar. And it pretty much stops there,'' says Travis Jackson, an associate professor who specializes in recording technology. ''Chord progressions are really hard to claim as a basis [for a lawsuit]. That's a pretty standard groove. You would have to do a lot more to say there's outright copying.''
Posted Jun 02, 2006 6:01 PM

My personal take:
Before my step-daughter Taylor informed me of this information last night, it really didn't even occur to me that the two songs sound the same. Do they? Well maybe a little bit but come on- I mean really. Are Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden going to going to start suing every "grunge rock" band for copying them? I. think. not.

Do I still like Tom Petty? Yes.

Will I go and sweat my ass off at the Woodlands to see him again for the like 5th time? Yes.

Will I still like the Red Hot Chili Peppers? Yes.

Will I go and sweat my ass of to see THEM perform at the Woodlands? Yes.

Did I really want to name my son Ryan "Layne" after Layne Staley from Alice in Chains but Fran wouldn't let me? Yeppers.

Nothing wrong with a bit of free publicity every now and then though.

Tom Petty

Oh my, my...

That is all:)


At 4:25 PM, Blogger Southern Fried Girl said...

Tom Petty was one of the best concerts I ever went to. The one I saw was a while back when they toured to support their Wildflowers CD. Loved it. Have never seen RHCP unfortunately. I love me some Flea.

At 11:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got the new RHCP album...I love it. Maybe I will bring it this weekend if we can all manipulate our schedules accordingly.

At 12:06 PM, Blogger Carrie said...

I don't think they sound all that much alike. All I know is I'm getting really sick of Dani California because the radio stations play it all the damn time! :)


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