Everyone here at CreativeJamie.com was saddened to learn that Harold Ramis had passed away after a battle with a rare illness. We loved watching him on the screen (Ghostbusters, Stripes), but his directorial accomplishments (Groundhog Day, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Caddyshack) were just as notable. Whether in front of or behind the camera, Harold Ramis always gave us something to smile about. The world is surely poorer for this loss.
In the world of musical copy write, there are things you can and can’t do – specially, you can copy write a melody, but not a chord progression. I understand that if you could copy write a cord progression, the lawsuits would fall like raindrops, but I still think people stretch this point to the breaking point. Here are 12 songs that are, in my opinion, really only 5 songs.
“Ghostbusters” VS “I Want A New Drug”
My understanding is that Huey Lewis was tapped to write a theme song for Ghostbusters (all movies had title songs in the 1980s… Better Off Dead and Pretty in Pink spring to mind), but it didn’t work. They turned to Ray Parker Jr. and later settled out of court when Lewis sued them for blatantly plagiarizing his melody. [Wikipedia]
“My Sweet Lord” VS “He’s So Fine”
Even a Beatle can screw up. George Harrision and Ronnie Mack battle it out here, and for some reason, it took a court ten fucking years to decide that Harrison subconsciously copied the tune and paid out $587,000 in damages. [Wikipedia] Read the rest of this entry