It’s no secret that in today’s musical world if anything will sell, it will likewise get ripped off. It’s also no secret that this practice isn’t exactly new. In fact, the act of “ripping off,” as it is not-so-affectionately known in the music industry, has been used for decades, encompassing the music of industry legends like Michael Jackson, Journey, Def Leppard and the Beatles.
Here’s a nifty little video I found that exposes the great many songs who have ripped off the opening piano chords from Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.” The crazy thing is that most of us wouldn’t have even recognized the stolen chords without them being waved in our faces.
I feel like the fact that the ripping in this video occurs only over a few simple chords, make these songs okay. I’m sure people would like to split hairs what is and is not okay to do. However, I believe that had journey never came out with “Don’t Stop Believing,” these songs would still probably exist as they are because the progression of the borrowed material is so simple that it’s almost generic in a way.
However, Vanilla Ice’s smash hit “Ice, Ice Baby” is a completely different story. He overtly ripped off another famous song, “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie. Listen for yourself.
Queen & David Bowie – “Under Pressure”
Vanilla Ice – “Ice, Ice Baby”
Seriously? He stole the whole identity of that song. That should be a crime.