There has been a slightly disturbing trend recently. Firstly, I hear Ronin Keating’s version of “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls. Then, just now, on the radio I heard a very familiar song come on: “Don’t Stop Me Now”, by Queen. Except it wasn’t performed by Queen, it was McFly.
Nothing particularly wrong with that in itself… except that in both cases, the songs sounded almost exactly the same as the originals! What the heck were they thinking? Oh yeah, let’s be really original – let’s rip of someone else’s song using the same arrangement as them… in fact, let’s make it sound almost exactly like the original! Well I’ve got a newsflash for you: THERE ISN’T A SINGLE OUNCE OF ORIGINALITY IN THAT!!!
Copying someone else’s work — and making it sound almost exactly like theirs — isn’t just poor form, it’s probably the worst form of ‘music’ you can get: ripping off a popular song so you can get a song in the charts, get a few more $$$ in the bank… Cover versions I can hack. Good ones that have an interesting take on the original are very creative… but not this. Grrrr 🙁