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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.
 
 
 
(Anonymous) on October 28th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
Certainly not a dead thread :) I came across the similarities just this week, although I have been a huge YK-fan because of her 'diversity'.

Like someone else put it on another site, I still am a fan, but because of her lack of originality I can't just openly listen to her music anymore.

And that's a shame, because it's like all the popmusic these days, you don't do something REALLY different with the song (like sampling or covering), it just won't be fun to listen to. I admired her immense range as a composer, but it's just a wide range of musical interest.

It's not cool to find out her her major hits are blatent ripoffs of older material. Then again, it does solve the mystery of how she can switch styles so easily no?

Suprised I don't see any fanboy reacting on this thread..