Friday, April 07, 2006

BROKEBACK SCANDAL: AN INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

It was discovered last night, over a dinner of cannellini beans and sausage, that the theme of "Brokeback Mountain" is a TOTAL FUCKING RIP-OFF. The first three chords are taken DIRECTLY from the first three chords of Kasey Chambers' song "Mother." This is not a coincidence, it is not an accident, it's PLAGIARISM. It's like Gustavo what's-his-name SAMPLED it. I'm so not even kidding.

I wish I knew how to do this blog stuff, I would put the two songs side by side for you to hear. It's creepy.

Also, am I alone in picturing Michael J. Fox every time I hear that fucking song?

14 Comments:

Blogger W&MGrad said...

No, you are not alone. Ever since I saw the "Brokeback to the Future" trailer, thoughts of Michael J. Fox also pop into my mind whenever I hear that tune.

10:29 AM  
Blogger trailingbuffalo said...

It wasn't necessarily deliberate, Julie. You may be too young to remember, but George Harrison was sued years ago on the grounds that he plagerized the tune to "My Sweet Lord" from the Shirrell's early 60's hit "He's so Fine". If you listen to both songs back-to-back you can hear that they're basically the same melody; however, I don't for one minute believe that the extremely talented George deliberately plagerized it. He was so good he didn't NEED to plagerize anyone. It was probably a subconscious thing. It happens.

Now, if I remember correctly from my high school English classes, it takes FIVE consecutive words to constitute plagerism, not three. I would assume it's the same with music.


TB

11:19 AM  
Blogger Paul Zuniga said...

Remember the themesong to Ghostbusters? Huey Lewis and the News sued because it was an exact copy of the song "I want a New Drug." They won.

7:47 AM  
Blogger pete said...

Huey Lewis and the News always win. They're that good...

10:07 AM  
Blogger antoinettefromafrica said...

I haven't seen Brokeback Mountain yet - waiting for the dvd to come out as i am sitting in deepest darkest africa trying to make a living - but have just finished your fabulous, fantastic, wonderful book!! Have already told all my friends to buy it and can now officialy be your agent in africa!! great work looking forward to next one and has bookmarked blog for everyday entertainment!!

7:14 AM  
Blogger Hageltoast said...

Came across this blog by accident a couple of months ago. Bought your book last week, been enjoying it lots. Thanks. :)

7:26 AM  
Blogger sarajo said...

Julie - I just found your new blog today. I stumbled on the original again this week (I was an avid reader when you were actually doing the project) and did a happy little dance (eliciting a 'welfare check' phone call from the guy who works directly under me) when I found your new site. Yay!

12:51 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

On the subject of plagiarism, what happens when every possible tune has been written? Is such a thing possible?

8:30 PM  
Blogger CJ said...

Hi Julie - just to let you know that I bought your book last week and have started reading it. I started reading your blog and got hooked - its hilarious!

11:19 PM  
Blogger Leigh C. said...

Oh, and Otis Redding's "Pain In My Heart"? A note for note rip-off of Irma Thomas' "Ruler of My Heart". Released at around the same time, Thomas' song edged out Redding's in the lawsuit sweepstakes due to its earlier release.

The stuff happens. Hell, rappers are now sampling other rappers' stuff, which has been sampled from so many sources. What goes around comes around, I guess.

9:32 PM  
Blogger MARIA said...

Hey ,I wonder The Blooker or any of this promotion has affected your life at all?
Will you continue to write as much as you did or....you'll be too busy to do so?.
Oh I haven't seen Brockeback,you couldn't believe the fass about the movie here.Nevertheless I think that Crush worth the Oscar.
Just crushing to each other

9:47 AM  
Blogger Miss Eagle said...

Stealing from our Queen of Oz music - darling Kasey. Not on! Maybe she will become a girl named Sue?

3:17 PM  
Blogger Coolshoes said...

Well, I'm not a musician, but I would suspect that there are a much more severely limited number of chords and chord combinations than they are words and word combinations, no?

Does anyone else who saw Brokeback look at Jake G. and instantly think of John Travolta in Urban Cowboy??? Now, that's a major similarity!

9:25 AM  
Blogger city said...

thanks for sharing.

10:27 PM  

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