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What Is Same That Tune?

As a musician and composer, I’m often struck by similarities between pop songs.  If you’ve ever listened to a tune on the radio and thought to yourself, “this sounds really familiar,” or “what does this melody remind me of,” (or more bluntly, “this song is a rip-off of …”) then you have shared in the experience.  SAME THAT TUNE recognizes musical similarities between songs as a matter of opinion, and provides an informal referendum on whether or not the resemblance to an earlier work is: COINCIDENTAL (original and second may share musical influences, instrumentation, etc.), a TRIBUTE (second intentionally honors/references original), DUBIOUS (second is highly derivative of original), or NON-EXISTENT (original and second do not sound similar).

To paraphrase Pete Townshend, all songwriters are magpies and thieves, owing either to the limited number of chord/melodic progressions and variations in contemporary western music or simply to limited creativity.  Or perhaps, as neuroscientist Daniel Levitin describes in his fascinating book This Is Your Brain On Music, our inherent need to “categorize” leads us to group various musical works together (or form mental prototypes, subsequently used for comparison purposes).

Please note this site will not delve into the subject of “subconscious plagiarism” (SEE George Harrison, My Sweet Lord legal controversy or Men At Work, Down Under legal controversy).  Likewise, we will try to avoid instances in which a songwriter has created a work similar to his/her very own catalogue (SEE John Fogerty, Old Man Down The Road legal controversy).  Everything else, is fair game and open to critical analysis.  Let’s make this a fun, connect-the-dots musical collective (keep it honest, clean and insightful).  Media clips (hosted elsewhere) have been displayed on this site (via links) strictly for illustrative purposes and to elicit critical discourse.  SAME THAT TUNE does not wish to affect or diminish the market or potential market for musical works.  Furthermore, statements and observations made by the members of this site are merely their expressed opinion and hyperbole. SAME THAT TUNE does not contain any uploading functionality.

Thanks for visiting!

- Steve Nathanson

Best Buy Co, Inc.
Best Buy Co, Inc.