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U2 => The Music and Lyrics => Topic started by: WookieeWarrior10 on May 05, 2016, 06:25:20 PM

Title: Examples of U2 being ripped off or ripping off other artists.
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on May 05, 2016, 06:25:20 PM
What are some examples you know of U2's music being plagiarized or sampled? Also, are U2 themselves guilty of doing this to other artists? Here are some examples:

"When You Were Young" - The Killers sounds like Miracle Drug. http://youtu.be/kymv12R8J3I
I don't know about this one. Seems very similar to Miracle Drug, but it's just a couple of repeated notes, so I doubt it's a blatant ripoff.

"Loved You First" - One Direction sounds like Where The Streets Have No Name http://youtu.be/squIjFRh29M
Almost didn't include this. It's only a few seconds long, but some think it sounds like Streets.

Do You Feel Loved sounds like "Alien Groove Sensation" - Naked Funk http://youtu.be/IdZrGsp-eFI
Okay, this one is identical. U2 totally took this one from Naked Funk! The guitar riff is the same, and many have pointed out that the bass and drums feel pretty similar, as well. This has to have been sampled, though. No way this wouldn't have resulted in a lawsuit otherwise.

Lemon sounds like "Claroscuro" - Soda Stereo http://youtu.be/vaGhrGty-Co
Meh, somewhat close. I don't think is one is plagiarized.

Blow Your House Down sounds like "Eighties" - Killing Joke http://youtu.be/x1U1Ue_5kq8
Sounds a little bit like Blow Your House Down. Not ripped off, but possibly an influence on the song. Many people have pointed out it does seem suspiciously similar to "Come As You Are" by Nirvana.

Anyway, there are a few I've found while searching a bit on the Internet.
Title: Re: Examples of U2 being ripped off or ripping off other artists.
Post by: mdmomof7 on May 05, 2016, 06:31:38 PM
Add Walk the Moon's Shut Up and Dance for Streets. I think we have a similar topical thread on here somewhere. I recall this being mentioned and my youngest daughter recognized it immediately as the same riff.

I think Dirty Day's guitar riff is replicated in Beady Eye's Second Bite of the Apple. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcvNc3gDu4Q

Several think Crystal Ballroom sounds like Roxy Music's Love Is The Drug. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n3OepDn5GU
Title: Re: Examples of U2 being ripped off or ripping off other artists.
Post by: iehomecoming on May 05, 2016, 06:45:42 PM
Beautiful Day and A-Ha's Sun always shines on TV
Title: Examples of U2 being ripped off or ripping off other artists.
Post by: Starman on May 06, 2016, 08:51:43 AM
Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon is a pure U2 rip off. Awful song.

I always thought that Dirty Day sounded a little similar to Donnie Iris's song Ah Leah

https://youtu.be/YH5Arbm47IQ
Title: Re: Examples of U2 being ripped off or ripping off other artists.
Post by: emalvick on May 06, 2016, 09:04:21 AM
How about U2 ripping themselves off:  NLOTH has a similar riff to The Fly. 

Title: Re: Examples of U2 being ripped off or ripping off other artists.
Post by: an tha on May 06, 2016, 09:35:15 AM
They credit naked funk on pop for DYFL don't they...
Title: Re: Examples of U2 being ripped off or ripping off other artists.
Post by: tom_b1807 on May 06, 2016, 12:30:16 PM
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How about U2 ripping themselves off:  NLOTH has a similar riff to The Fly.

Don't forget about Walk On - Unkown Caller
Title: Re: Examples of U2 being ripped off or ripping off other artists.
Post by: tom_b1807 on May 06, 2016, 12:31:16 PM
Bryan Adam's All I Want Is You is basically the same as U2's version, just sounds a bit more like his style.
Title: Re: Examples of U2 being ripped off or ripping off other artists.
Post by: So Cruel on May 06, 2016, 12:40:48 PM
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They credit naked funk on pop for DYFL don't they...

Says "inspired by" if I recall. It sounds a little more than an inspiration though. The music is basically copied.
Title: Re: Examples of U2 being ripped off or ripping off other artists.
Post by: So Cruel on May 06, 2016, 12:44:53 PM
Music from Bullet the Blue Sky was lifted from Ted Nugents song Stranglehold
Title: Re: Examples of U2 being ripped off or ripping off other artists.
Post by: So Cruel on May 06, 2016, 12:48:40 PM
The Miracles main riff sounds similar to Iron Maidens The Wicker Man's opening big riff
Title: Re: Examples of U2 being ripped off or ripping off other artists.
Post by: PieBlaCon on May 06, 2016, 02:30:43 PM
U2's rendition of "North and South of the River" (one of my favorites) lifts quite a bit from Bowie's "Can You Hear Me"

Bowie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pyv3y_wBFc
U2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il75N5WWjxs
Title: Re: Examples of U2 being ripped off or ripping off other artists.
Post by: Starman on May 06, 2016, 02:34:17 PM
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The Miracles main riff sounds similar to Iron Maidens The Wicker Man's opening big riff

I think that one is a bit of a stretch. They just share similar rhythm patterns in their intros.
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Post by: So Cruel on May 06, 2016, 03:04:14 PM
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The Miracles main riff sounds similar to Iron Maidens The Wicker Man's opening big riff

I think that one is a bit of a stretch. They just share similar rhythm patterns in their intros.

Ya, not a lot that's similar, just that big crunching riff.
Title: Re: Examples of U2 being ripped off or ripping off other artists.
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on May 06, 2016, 03:09:55 PM
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They credit naked funk on pop for DYFL don't they...
I've heard some people say that their copies of Pop read "inspired by Naked Funk" but others don't see that.
Title: Re: Examples of U2 being ripped off or ripping off other artists.
Post by: So Cruel on May 06, 2016, 03:12:36 PM
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Music from Bullet the Blue Sky was lifted from Ted Nugents song Stranglehold

It really is amazing how they lifted the music from this song and used it for Bullet. I'm surprised Nugent never sued them. Just listen from the 2:30 - 5:50. That's the basis for the guitars, drums, and bass for Bullet the Blue Sky.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0c3d7QgZr7g
Title: Re: Examples of U2 being ripped off or ripping off other artists.
Post by: an tha on May 06, 2016, 03:20:12 PM
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They credit naked funk on pop for DYFL don't they...
I've heard some people say that their copies of Pop read "inspired by Naked Funk" but others don't see that.

I am quite sure that in the credits for it in the cd inlay there is a paragraph to that effect and maybe  more...
Title: Re: Examples of U2 being ripped off or ripping off other artists.
Post by: ShankAsu on May 06, 2016, 05:14:18 PM
I hear a few modern songs that rip off the opening of Streets.  The Edge called out The Tender Trap for ripping it off on their track Sweet Disposition for the 500 Days of Summer Sndtrk.