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Title: Did U2 rip off "pump it up"?
Post by: ice_bergy on January 18, 2009, 11:12:09 AM
In my opinion they didn't but i can see the similarities between the cadences. IMO it isnt substancial enough to accuse them of ripping him off.

P.s. it is hard judge anything until monday when we will get the whole song
Title: Re: Did U2 rip off "pump it up"?
Post by: CiscoJP on January 18, 2009, 11:20:24 AM
I don't think so. The way Bono sings the lyrics is somewhat similar, true. But you could also see similarities to it and the ending of "Wire." Same way of singing it kinda fast.
Title: Re: Did U2 rip off "pump it up"?
Post by: chrisjude on January 18, 2009, 11:30:10 AM
It is sung slightly like both songs,lol!
Better wait for the full song?
Title: Re: Did U2 rip off "pump it up"?
Post by: CDProp on January 18, 2009, 11:34:47 AM
If you're talking about the 22-second high-quality clip on YouTube, yeah I would agree that there's a bit that sounds almost exactly the same. I think if you listen to that U2 clip, you hear two couplets that both have the same basic melody, but the notes have different "timing" or something (I know nothing about music theory or terminology). The second one (heard @ 0:07) sounds almost exactly like this bit of Pump It Up (@ 0:58):

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVngzaBsrSM

I don't know how it will sound in the context of the full song. I mean, when you add in the chorus & bridge and all that, and the rest of the verses, which may or may not be sung like that, is it really going to matter? Hard to tell until we hear the full song.
Title: Re: Did U2 rip off "pump it up"?
Post by: ElJayVee on January 18, 2009, 01:12:21 PM
I thought I was the only one who thought it sounds similar to "Pump It Up" - I can wait till I hear the whole song (well, not really ;) ) to make my judgment.  It sounds great, though!

Yay!  New U2 music!

~L
Title: Re: Did U2 rip off "pump it up"?
Post by: odelay on January 18, 2009, 01:20:29 PM
It sounds like they also ripped off Vertigo :D
Title: Re: Did U2 rip off "pump it up"?
Post by: Bono in Bonolands on January 18, 2009, 01:24:28 PM
It is similar in the same way Stairway to Heaven sounds like Bohemian Rhapsody ie they are both musical pieces.
Title: Re: Did U2 rip off "pump it up"?
Post by: ProofThatThisIsReal on January 18, 2009, 01:27:03 PM
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It is similar in the same way Stairway to Heaven sounds like Bohemian Rhapsody ie they are both musical pieces.

I like that quote  ;D
Title: Re: Did U2 rip off "pump it up"?
Post by: Bads316 on January 18, 2009, 02:34:39 PM
Did Costello rip off Dylan? Did Dylan rip off Guthrie? Its what you do with it that counts, 'Born To Run' was similar to loads of stuff but it was still fresh and exciting and moved rock n roll forwards. "Rock n roll has been reinvented once again' Lanois was more specific in that statement than anyone realised.
Title: Re: Did U2 rip off "pump it up"?
Post by: CiscoJP on January 18, 2009, 02:35:43 PM
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Did Costello rip off Dylan? Did Dylan rip off Guthrie? Its what you do with it that counts, 'Born To Run' was similar to loads of stuff but it was still fresh and exciting and moved rock n roll forwards. "Rock n roll has been reinvented once again' Lanois was more specific in that statement than anyone realised.

Well said...
Title: Re: Did U2 rip off "pump it up"?
Post by: kale on January 18, 2009, 02:39:00 PM
Just played elvis castelo pump it up and to me it doesn't sound anything like it.
Title: Re: Did U2 rip off "pump it up"?
Post by: domino on January 18, 2009, 02:55:33 PM
I wonder if Bono will adopt Costello's footwork too?    'Cause his moves in that video are awesome  ;D
Title: Re: Did U2 rip off "pump it up"?
Post by: Bads316 on January 18, 2009, 02:59:33 PM
he's like a white James Brown
Title: Re: Did U2 rip off "pump it up"?
Post by: Bono in Bonolands on January 18, 2009, 03:01:09 PM
I hope Moment of Surrender sounds like Watching the Detectives.
Title: Re: Did U2 rip off "pump it up"?
Post by: new years dave on January 18, 2009, 06:56:07 PM
Actually, I think it sounds more like this song.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23nqInkEDTc
Title: Re: Did U2 rip off "pump it up"?
Post by: u2009 on January 18, 2009, 09:00:01 PM
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If you're talking about the 22-second high-quality clip on YouTube, yeah I would agree that there's a bit that sounds almost exactly the same. I think if you listen to that U2 clip, you hear two couplets that both have the same basic melody, but the notes have different "timing" or something (I know nothing about music theory or terminology). The second one (heard @ 0:07) sounds almost exactly like this bit of Pump It Up (@ 0:58):

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVngzaBsrSM

I don't know how it will sound in the context of the full song. I mean, when you add in the chorus & bridge and all that, and the rest of the verses, which may or may not be sung like that, is it really going to matter? Hard to tell until we hear the full song.

I think this is a better version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opIL3Yt0Un8

It does sound similar in a couple of ways, but I dont believe they ripped off Elvis.
Title: Re: Did U2 rip off "pump it up"?
Post by: Aburrow on January 18, 2009, 09:15:32 PM
The songs sound vaguely reminiscent of each other but I don't think U2 are in rip-off territory here. Pump It Up IS awesome, I've played that video many times today! I love Elvis' footwork! Just a great, rockin little number.

From what I've been able to tell from the clips of GOYB (sorry, I peaked), it's gonna be a fantastic song, the "change we've been looking for," to RIP OFF a certain presidential candidate.  :D
Title: Re: Did U2 rip off "pump it up"?
Post by: malcolm-edge on January 18, 2009, 11:47:46 PM
Joe Satriani will sue!
Title: Re: Did U2 rip off "pump it up"?
Post by: soloyan on January 19, 2009, 02:41:24 AM
Elvis Costello is a U2 fan so i think, if anything, he'll be flattered.