Do you know that feeling? The feeling you get when you find out that a song you love(d) turns out to be a complete rip off? Well I do! When I was 16/ 17 years old Sugababes released the following song to celebrate having a new group member:
I freaking loved this song to pieces. It may not have been Sugababes’ biggest hit, but I actually bought the single. And I never bought singles. I literally have like 15 singles, not counting the BSB ones of course.
Not too long after listening to this song on repeat, I found out that the melody in this song is a sample taken from a Tubeway Army/ Gary Numan song from the late 70s, namely the famous Are Friends Electric (there is a very neat cover of this song by TheDead Weather, ya know Jack White’s band?):
Just the other day however, I found out that not only the melody is a sample (I could live with that part, as it is simply brilliant), but ALSO the lyrics aren’t even written for the song. Nope, they are actually from this 90s gem song by Adina Howard which is also called Freak Like Me:
You see what I mean? How unoriginal can you possibly be as a producer and a group?! Gah! Is the only reaction this deserves.
Q: Are there any songs you love(d) which turned out to be a complete farce?