Did Oasis Rip Off Sir Cliff Richard?
Fans have noticed an uncanny resemblance between Sir Cliff Richard's 1976 hit single 'Devil Woman' and Oasis' new single 'The Turning'. So much so, that many are accusing the rockers of ripping off the legendary icon's work.
The debate of whether Oasis blatantly ripped off the work of Cliff or simply took the song as a source of inspiration continues to rage, and interestingly enough, it's not the first time the Galleghar brothers have been accused of plagerism.
According to the guardian.co.uk, Neil Innes of the Rutles and the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, successfully sued Oasis after their song, 'Whatever', sounded a little too similar to his single 'How Sweet to Be an Idiot' from the 1973 album of the same name. Neil was eventually awarded royalties and a co-writer credit.
Oasis were also successfully sued for $500,000 by the New Seekers after the song 'Shakermaker' took its melody from 'I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing'.
If the allegations prove correct, Oasis could stand to loose more than just a few coins.
While 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' was a breakout hit for the once-defunct now-reformed British act The Verve, the song became more famous for it's legal battles than it's chart success after the group were accused of illegally sampling the Andrew Oldham Orchestra recording of The Rolling Stones' 1965 song "The Last Time'.
While The Verve negotiated a licensing agreement with The Rolling Stones to use the sample prior to the release of their debut album 'Urban Hyms', the Stones later argued that too much of the sample was used.
The matter was eventually settled, with songwriting credits reverting to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. The Verve continue to pay The Stones one hundred percent royalties.
It is thought that The Verve's subsequent financial losses were what contributed to the bands split and lead singer Richard Ashcroft's ongoing battle with depression, not to a mention a perceived loss of credability at the time. Thankfully, The Verve have since reformed and recently released their fourth album, aptly named 'Fourth' which peaked at number one on the UK Charts.
Let's hope that Sir Cliff sees Oasis's 'tribute' as a case of imitation being the sincerest form of flattery!