Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Copying? Imitating? Influenced by?

Check out the similarities between these songs.

A R Rahmans Jai Ho (particularly the second Hindi vocals from Sukhwinder Singh that goes "Katti Katti sachi...(not sure of the exact words though))" from "Slumdog Millionaire" and the opening lines of Shankar Ehshaan Loy's "Socha Hai" sung by Farhaan Akthar for the movie "Rock On" and Status Quo's "Rocking All Over the World" made way back in 1977 sound very similar. Is that just a coincidence?

ARR's "Ghuzharish" has the same music as the tamil song "Kelamal" from the Vijay-Shreya starrer "Azhagiya Thamizh Magan" which was also composed by him. Now listen to Limahl's song "Never Ending Story" from the movie of the same name. "Never Ending Story" was made in the 80's. The music from that song has been directly lifted for the Indian songs. Any child could say that the music is just the same. Other tunes (bass and singing in the charanam) in the song remind me heavily of the band Kajagoogoo, and Limahl co-incidentally happens to be an ex-member of Kajagoogoo.

This also goes on to show how old tunes can be lifted from songs on one side of the world and packaged as new material and eventually converted into new hits. Many of these are nothing but disco songs that we used to be so sick of in those days.

The opening lines of A R Rahman's "En Veetu Thotathil Poovellam kettu paar" from the Tamil film "Gentleman" is a perfect copy of the tune of a very old Malayalam Bhajan that people have been singing for ages called "Ayyappa Hare Ayappa Paahimam...".

A R Rahman's Roja theme ( a romantic piano piece), in his first film and the closing theme from the movie "The Bounty" composed by Vangelis made in the early 80's sound very similar. I have tried searching for this theme and all you get are remixes and stuff. You will have to watch the movie closely for this theme. If you have listened to the Vangelis's number you'll instantly catch the theme in Roja as well.

And of course without Reggae there would have never been a song as "Chinna Chinna Aasai" too.

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