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  • I think it's terrible that the group or singer doesn't give credit. The fact is "Jump Around" by :"House of Pain" sampled "Popeye the Hitchhiker" sung by Chubby Checker, music by Dave Appell. "HOP" was sued and Dave Appell was given credit.
    • bostjan64
      Dennis Coffey wrote a lot of the songs that ended up sampled by early hip hop artists, and never got credit for them. Check out "Scorpio" - just one of his songs. It was sampled by the following Young MC (Bust a Move 1988), Public Enemy (Night of the Living Baseheads 1988), Moby (Mobility 1990), Run DMC (Word Is Born 1990), Bel Biv DeVoe (Let Me Know Something 1990), Another Bad Creation (ABC 1991), Snoop Dog (Playin for Years 1992), and the artist you mentioned, House of Pain (All My Love 1992) as well as Queen Latifa, Fugees, Digital Underground, TLC, and over 100 other major label artists. No joke, that one song was sampled nearly ten dozen times on major release records and Dennis was never credited for it. Sometimes the sample is just the drum break, other times, it's the basis for the entire song.
  • I personally like being reminded of old classics if referencing them is the point. Stealing licks or lyrics is another story. Credit should always be given. But in the music industry sometimes an artist needs to be reminded of where he heard it. Like in the Partridge family episode where Danny dreamed music he actually heard Keith playing in his room next door.
    • bostjan64
      I totally get it. When Coldplay wrote Viva La Vida, guitarist Joe Satriani sued them because the chords and melody were quite similar to one of his songs. He had toured with them and they probably heard the song and it got stuck. They very likely accidentally quoted it. But, despite it being very similar, it is still *different*. Rod Stewart infamously wrote "Do You Think I'm Sexy" by blatantly ripping off two other songs, mashing them together and changing the lyrics. One of them he admitted to consciously doing, the other he said he did on accident. If he'd admit to one, why not the other? I think it's because he honestly didn't realize he was doing it. On the complete other hand, I don't see it as possible that an artist could *accidentally* pop a CD of another song into their studio recording console and *accidentally* sample it, and then have *no idea* that they copied the other song. The original intent of my question was in reference to that, rather than what I would call "quoting" other music.
    • mugwort
      Bostjean Reading your comment somehow reminded me of "He's So Fine" Chiffons and George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord"
    • bostjan64
      Yeah, that lawsuit nearly ended Harrison's musical career. Do lang do lang, halleluiah. I guess if some old blues musician had sued every other blues musician in the 1950's, rock and roll would have never happened...

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