2011/02/27

Noah and The Whale: When inspiration turns into theft.

Song theft used to be one of the biggest stigmatas for song writers. Being caught with someone else's music under your pen was like publicly admitting you had no connection with that divine muse of inspiration, you were quite simply a fraud. Ever since the 90s however, we've seen an increase in "blatant inspirations", different attempts at showing the world that your muse is in fact this other artist. But when you try to hint through your music that you love another artist, like lady gaga has done with her latest single, it's easy to slide over into "outright theft".

Now, I utterly and madly love Noah and The Whale. Charlie Fink is a great song writer and singer. Their 2009 album First Days of Spring [Spotify Link] was a masterpiece, taking breakup albums to an entirely new level. But sure, it did have some blatant inspirations, strong hints of Sigur Rós, Low and in this one; Joy Division:

Blue Skies - Noah and the Whale

None of it was theft, in fact one could argue that they were very good exempels of how one should do when showing off inspiration without killing your inner muse.

So, then this happens:

L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. from charlie fink on Vimeo.


First, we have the theft from "Lola" by the Kinks. You go: "well it's not that long, just most of the verse, then it goes in a different direction so maybe that's ok..." Unfortunately it goes in this direction:



This is probably the most blatant song theft I've heard in recent times. Or would you argue it's a hommage to Tom Petty and/or The Kinks? Where do we draw the line between what's cool and what's shameful? I'd say somewhere between the two Noah and The Whale songs "Blue Skies" and "L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N". In conclusion I guess I should thank Charlie Fink and his merry band for this ruler. And then hit him over the knuckles with it. Shame on you. S.H.A.M.E.O.N.Y.O.U



2 kommentarer:

19d5c0fa-4588-11e0-a26b-000bcdcb471e sa...

http://www.we7.com/#/user/view-playlist!playlistId=1818095 made me lol
shame they didn't include the song they ripped off though.

Christian sa...

Väl spanat.

Jag var så sjukt rädd för "Don't come around here no more"-videon när jag var liten. Men herregud vad bra han sjunger i den alltså. Kul att se the heartbreakers igen också, det var länge sen.