Posted in music on January 18, 2013

Jonathan Coulton at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
Jonathan Coulton

Fox teen musical show Glee will resume their fourth season on Thursday (1/24) and if you somehow end up watching, you'll notice that they'll be singing a cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back." However, NYC geek rock fave Jonathan Coulton just tweeted that they ripped of his cover of the song without contacting him. You can stream Jonathan's version and Glee's version below... the similarities are pretty undeniable.

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Jonathan Coulton - "Baby Got Back

Glee - "Baby Got Back"

P.S. did anyone watch the season premiere of "King of the Nerds" last night. I expected to hate it from the commercials but it was pretty awesome. Why am I mentioning this here? One of the contestants says Jonathan Coulton is her favorite musician.

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Comments (32)

how can you rip off a cover? Idiot. Write your own song. Oh wait, nobody cares.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2013 12:12 PM

This isn't the first time Glee stole someone's arrangement or choreography.

Posted by Susan | January 18, 2013 12:13 PM

"Funny" folk/pop-rock covers of hip-hop songs are the nadir of music.

Posted by derek jeter | January 18, 2013 12:15 PM

12:13, exactly. The 'Glee' dude has done this before. He's a douche.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2013 12:15 PM

@12:12PM

Listen to both. It is a completely original arrangement that they took note for note.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2013 12:15 PM

Who cares? Both need to go away.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2013 12:15 PM

Did he pay Sir Mix A Lot when he recorded it? If not, then he can take a hike.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2013 12:16 PM

Did he really record that prior to the Glee version cause they sound exactly the same. Strange.

Posted by free tax filing 2011 | January 18, 2013 12:17 PM

I maintain my comment @12:15 but, yes, this is clearly theft...but, it's a cover, so Coulton would have no writing credit on his version.

Posted by derek jeter | January 18, 2013 12:18 PM

if you play them at the same time, it's identical, even the extra lyrics he threw in

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2013 12:22 PM

the lesson here? write your own songs. don't piggy back off someone's talent. Oh and if you're a "geek rock fave" you should be embarrassed for yourself.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2013 12:22 PM

>"Funny" folk/pop-rock covers of hip-hop songs are the nadir of music.

True. the nadir of both music AND comedy.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2013 12:26 PM

It's still a major discredit to Glee for stealing it, even if Jonathon doesn't have ownership of it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2013 12:29 PM

The Glee guy is a jerk right? But I think he hates Kings of Leon so I'm with him on that.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2013 12:29 PM

I hate twee, ironic covers of rap music done by white people. But I hate corporate entertainment like Glee ripping off independent artists even more.

Fuck Glee. I hope he gets enough attention for this that they are at least slightly shamed.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2013 12:37 PM

"I maintain my comment @12:15 but, yes, this is clearly theft...but, it's a cover, so Coulton would have no writing credit on his version."

Arrangements can be copywrited as well.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2013 12:57 PM

According to his site, Coulton bought the statutory license to distribute his version of this song through Harry Fox. So, yeah he might have a legal leg to stand on.
I think a lot of it would go away if they would just attribute him, but knowing the dbag producer, they will either cut the song and talk crap about Coulton or use it and sue Coulton.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2013 1:08 PM

12:57 hello anyone hear of Weird Al!?

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2013 1:53 PM

No skill when comedy parodies other comedy.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2013 1:55 PM

@12:12 He does write his own songs...many albums worth...and has 1 or 2 covers. He makes a living writing and performing and selling his own songs. He also owns the rights to the recording he made of Baby Got Back and if someone rips it off note for note, yes, Glee can be sued. Clown. Go take a long nap.

Posted by almost abner | January 18, 2013 2:31 PM

The problem isn't the lyrics, he admits that it's a cover song. He did, however, create a new arrangement and that was used almost chord for chord.

@1:53 - I imagine lots of people have heard of Weird Al. He's very thorough about asking permission before he parodys a song...

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2013 2:42 PM

1:53 - yes

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2013 2:51 PM

2:42 That's true, but legally "Weird" Al doesn't need to ask permission because parodies are covered under fair use. "Weird" Al is just a hell of a guy.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2013 2:57 PM

yeah i hope this dude's mom/dog/girlfriend/someone dies so he realizes there's way more important shit to be concerned about than whether or not some shitty tv-show stole his shitty cover of a shitty song. who cares if glee stole his cover version, that's like being pissed because someone re-used your kleenex. it's true, they both do sound the same - they sound awful and i regret listening to them both

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2013 4:16 PM

FUCK YOU AL ROKER, I WAS SHITTING MY PANTS WAY BEFORE YOU WERE

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2013 4:20 PM

The worst thing about all of this is now this awful, unfunny tool got more youtube hits, more publicity, more money, and will probably write a song about it that hipster nerds will swoon over.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2013 4:24 PM

Moral of the story: white people are terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2013 4:32 PM

A battle of the lesser of two evils in this case.

To side with either the scarf or the fag?

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2013 4:40 PM

At least it's not Adam Green getting the publicity.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2013 4:51 PM

4:51 that IS something to be grateful for.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2013 5:01 PM

I love man with breads. Hot damm.

Posted by james | June 21, 2013 1:50 PM

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