Posted in music on January 31, 2014

by Bill Pearis

Franz Ferdinand @ Glasslands (more by P Squared)
Franz Ferdinand @ Glasslands

Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos is a little miffed that the riff in Paloma Faith's new single "I Can't Rely on You" bears a little resemblance to "Take Me Out." (Via P4k.) He took to twitter to call out the song's writer, producer and featured performer -- Grammy-winner Pharrell. "Hey @Pharrell - I love your tunes. If you want to borrow a riff, just ask..."

The resemblance is definitely there, though I don't know that I would've noticed if it hadn't been pointed out to me. Also I probably would've never heard this song at all if it weren't for this. That said, I'm not sure he should really be throwing stones here. "Take Me Out," much as I love it, has a riff that owes more than a little to Led Zeppelin's "Trampled Underfoot."

Stravinsky said "lesser artists borrow, great artists steal." Listen to the trickle-down theory in action, below...

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Paloma Faith - Can't Rely on You

Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out

Led Zeppelin - Trampled under foot

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Comments (32)

The songs aren't anything alike. All 3 are completely different. It's just a second of sound! who fucking cares. Most music is derivative of other works.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 12:13 PM

Led Zeppelin stole it from Bobby Parker

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 12:16 PM

huh, that Paloma Faith song kinda sucks

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 12:24 PM

pretty tenuous

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 12:27 PM

sorry I don't hear anything worth making a fuss about here

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 12:27 PM

Alex Kapranos is a pompous asshole who should get a reality-check. The riffs don't even sound alike.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 12:28 PM

@12:16

You're thinking of Zeppelin's 'Moby Dick', not 'Trampled Under Foot'

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 12:30 PM

12:13 is incorrect.

Most music is or isn't a derivative of other works doesn't a correct statement make.

Shitty old tired rehashed rederivative music pop shyte, that's derivative of past ventures, sure.

But good rock n roll keeps chugging right alongside your shyte definition of music, piece of shyte bastard poser punk ass muhfkin waste of space faslse music fan and don't you come to any of my gigs ye scoundrel, I'm just tryin to get my anger management therapy technique workout on, k brosef? k.

Posted by SabbathJeff | January 31, 2014 12:32 PM

Yes, they do. They all do.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 12:36 PM

Yes, they do.

They all do.

QFT

Posted by SabbathJeff | January 31, 2014 12:43 PM

i was enjoying the 10 years or so where we heard nothing from pharrel. now he'll pop up in every two bit piece of shit song for the next 6 years mugging and doing that stupid falsetto singing of his.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 12:48 PM

I got nothing.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 12:51 PM

And "Trampled Underfoot" owes more than a little to Stevie Wonder's "Superstitious," as John Paul Jones has stated himself.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 1:02 PM

I love FF, but everytime I hear that song, I think it is almost an exact rip off of the Led Zepp riff.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 1:32 PM

Led Zeppelin stole about 80% of their music from other bands and blues musicians. They used to try to hide it, but I think now most of the songs have the actual songwriting credits. That said, none of these songs above sound enough alike to have any issues between them.

Posted by music publishing guy | January 31, 2014 1:36 PM

Take Me Out not really that close to Trampled Underfoot when you dissect it. A true note-for-not rip-off would be STP's Interstate Love Song and I Got a Name by Jim Croce.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 2:01 PM

A true fag is 2:01 I would rock you in the face if I saw you, talking about music like you know it. STP are innovators. Faggovator.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 2:26 PM

^asshole

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 3:29 PM

Who's zoomin' who?

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 3:44 PM

STP are innovators? Of what? Drugged, grungy rock n roll that meanders along aimlessly? Crap music's existed before STP man.

Posted by SabbathJeff | January 31, 2014 3:49 PM

I have a feeling 2:26 was trolling, SabbathJeff. Everyone knows that STP simply copied every music trend that was happening at the time to try and cash in, though they never even came to close to the bands they were ripping off.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 4:31 PM

actually you dolts...listen to Back off Boogaloo

Ringo did it first

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 4:48 PM

all modern music is stolen from the black man.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 6:27 PM

who is the black man, 6:27, the one in the Paloma Faith video? If so, I bet he thinks it was all worht it to bed her.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 11:42 PM

Dont know, but the intro to that video was most definitely a rip off of hiroshima mon amour.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2014 9:58 AM

Nothing trumps the kinks picture book and green days warning. Nothing.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2014 10:02 AM

more like paloma is ripping off finger eleven ripping off franz. at least they cop to it though:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmMLKdvv9v8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJk6gZuPKRE

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2014 2:15 PM

This and a zillion others. Did someone add it to h1tchr??

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2014 3:07 PM

The pinto bean ripped off the all mighty chickpea.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2014 3:16 PM

Posted today hours ago:

alkapranos:
@Pharrell Sometimes I forget how easily things can get exaggerated on here. I know you didn't borrow any riffs. Sorry for all the press BS.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2014 3:13 PM

Cool band.

Posted by Tracey | February 17, 2014 3:36 AM

Did everyone steal from The Beatles? Whatever. Stream G I R L now up on itunes

Posted by bob | March 7, 2014 3:24 PM

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