I won’t back up

When word came down that Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” was sufficiently similar to Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” to warrant cutting in Petty (and cowriter Jeff Lynne) on the songwriter royalties, I shrugged; it’s not like we’ve never heard this sort of thing before.

Just to aggravate the matter, consider the Nick Lowe composition “I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock & Roll”), first recorded in 1977 by Dave Edmunds for his Get It album. Lowe put out his own version on The Rose of England in 1985; this video comes from Yep Roc, which issued a best-of compilation for Lowe a few years back.

Half Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell,” half Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” right?


  1. Brett »

    1 February 2015 · 6:31 pm

    The musical world would be a better place if more songs were copied from Chuck Berry. And from Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe, for that matter.

  2. CGHill »

    1 February 2015 · 6:35 pm

    Heck, even Chuck Berry rewrote Chuck Berry: play “School Day” and “No Particular Place to Go” back to back some day.

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