I have recently learned of some remarkable similarities between a song by the world’s most popular bands, The Papples, and another rock/pop act. It would not be exaggerating things to say that this appears to be a shameless, barefaced act of plagiarism.
Remind yourself, if you will, of the track Tigerplane vs Chickencopter from the Papples’ fifth studio album A Sensual Awakening.
Now cock an ear at the song XTC vs Adam Ant by They Might Be Giants, from their 1996 album Factory Showroom.
Well, here we have two songs about an epic battle to the death between two sworn enemies. And just look at all the similarities.
- Both songs have a gripping storyline in which first one combatant appears to be winning but then the other makes a decisive blow for victory
- Both songs tell us “there is no wrong or right”
- Both songs tell us the two parties are fighting but “there is no reason why”
I find it, frankly, unbelievable that a band signed to a major record label can be allowed to get away with ripping off the Papples’ own original work, and worse still, they had the cheek to do it nineteen years before the Papples even wrote the song.
I think it’s time to call our hot shot lawyers. Justice must be done.