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27 February 2007 @ 08:39 pm
Yoko Kanno = Plagiarism?  
So I was going to play some Civ 4 with Nico and the gang today and I heard a familiar song coming from his room. I was like "oh hey, you're playing Hooverphonic." and Nico was like "zuh."

Turns out the song he was listening to was Cyberbird from Ghost in the Shell: Stand-Alone Complex (2002). I listened for a little bit and I was pretty freaking astounded. This was exactly like Battersea, from Blue Wonder Power Milk (1998). It had the same instruments, same tempo, same drum beat, same key, same kind of singing... so after I listened to THAT SONG, I connected to my library through iTunes and played Battersea. Everyone was like "you are totally playing the same song Jeffrey you must be joking."

But man. I mean, the songs are different enough... but in terms of style, Yoko Kanno's got some serious steeeeeaaaaling going on. Take a look for yourself:

Battersea

Cyberbird

edit I was totally beaten by a lot.
 
 
exirehg: Words We Could Never Sayexirehg on August 14th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
Gah, I love Yoko Kanno, this is somewhat depressing. I don't think anything groundbreakingly bad will happen to her though. Watch some of Kill Bill, especially the inside looks Quentin says in the DVD. He obviously just sort of took stuff from things he was influenced by. Well, he stole them and used them in his movie frankly. But he's not being sued and nobody really seems to care all that much. If Quentin Tarantino is unfazed, then I doubt Kanno would be either.

Different songs, but you can tell she was influenced. Hopefully she doesn't do that sort of thing too often...
Jeffrey Carl Fadenjeffreyatw on August 14th, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
It does happen often. Take a look at what I linked in my edit.
(Anonymous) on May 31st, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
check this

http://www.whosampled.com/sample/view/9493/Yoko%20Kanno-Cyberbird_Hooverphonic-Battersea/