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EternalOptimist
4th February 2010, 11:29
Men at Work to lose 60% of the songs income, because ONE riff is said to be a copy.

G'day not (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8497433.stm)


here are the lyrics, with my interpretation underneath


Traveling in a fried-out combie
Driving around in a beat-up mini van
On a hippie trail, head full of zombie
On a Back-packing trip, hung over and spaced out
I met a strange lady, she made me nervous
Met Pogle
She took me in and gave me breakfast
we sh@gged all night
And she said,

"Do you come from a land down under?
Are you from Australia
Where women glow and men plunder?
Where women are cute and men are rude
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover."

Buying bread from a man in Brussels
He was six foot four and full of muscles
I said, "Do you speak-a my language?"
He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich
He just smiled and gave me a marmite sandwich
And he said,

"I come from a land down under
Indeed, I hail from Australia
Where beer does flow and men chunder
Where lots of beer leads to an inordinate time on the dunny
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover."

Lying in a den in Bombay
With a slack jaw, and not much to say
I said to the man, "Are you trying to tempt me
Because I come from the land of plenty?"
Because I hail from Australia
And he said,

"Oh! Do you come from a land down under? (oh yeah yeah)
Where women glow and men plunder?
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover."




:rolleyes:

Platypus
4th February 2010, 11:30
here are the lyrics...

their invoice is in the post !

DS23
4th February 2010, 11:31
the original was outside copyright shirley?

EternalOptimist
4th February 2010, 11:34
the original was outside copyright shirley?

you would have thought so, I mean, maybe the musos here can tell us how hard it is to come up with something completely original ?


:rolleyes:

thunderlizard
4th February 2010, 11:34
They won't mind. Australians never whinge, as we "pommes" are known to do. They will take it with a fair helping of dinkum with no larrikin worries mate.

NeverBeenNorthOfTheM25
4th February 2010, 11:34
The thing I dont get is it was ripped off a tune called 'Kookaburra sits in an Old Gum Tree'.

Now that song has been sung by generations of school kids in Australia and I can't ever remember connecting the dots and my school daze and the release of this song co-incided ......

Seems to me like this is a case of lawyers winning rather than common sense.

EternalOptimist
4th February 2010, 11:38
The thing I dont get is it was ripped off a tune called 'Kookaburra sits in an Old Gum Tree'.

Now that song has been sung by generations of school kids in Australia and I can't ever remember connecting the dots and my school daze and the release of this song co-incided ......

Seems to me like this is a case of lawyers winning rather than common sense.

It's a fair cop Bruce. Oz is one of the most PC countries I ever saw (in places)

In other places its bonza. Blue. er.. digger


:rolleyes:

thunderlizard
4th February 2010, 11:44
Copyright lasts until the death of the creator plus 70 years (even down under), hence the kookaburra song is probably still covered.


you would have thought so, I mean, maybe the musos here can tell us how hard it is to come up with something completely original ?
You don't have to. If you write "Playing With Fire" by N-Dubz completely by coincidence, rather than copying the original, having been on a desert island for the past year, that's OK. Also if you copy trivial bits that don't in themselves contain much creative effort (like a pair of notes together) that's OK.
The fun bit is of course in deciding what's coincidence, and what's trivial. But if all Australian kids know 'Kookaburra sits in an Old Gum Tree', and the court decided they copied a significant riff, they're breaching copyright.

EternalOptimist
4th February 2010, 11:47
who is dappy ?

thunderlizard
4th February 2010, 11:50
From what I can make out, he's a kind of real-life Andy Pandy character popular with today's children.

NeverBeenNorthOfTheM25
4th February 2010, 11:51
who is dappy ?

Dunno ......... but I would have a go at that Tulisa girl or whatever her name is from NDubz ...... I feel like a dirty old man just saying that!

minestrone
4th February 2010, 11:55
I heard a bit of the other song, Melody is pretty much the same although it is about half the tempo and I doubt it is in anway copied.

The main guy in men at work was pretty much scottish as well so I don't know how many australian kids songs he sung in the outback.

NeverBeenNorthOfTheM25
4th February 2010, 11:57
I heard a bit of the other song, Melody is pretty much the same although it is about half the tempo and I doubt it is in anway copied.

The main guy in men at work was pretty much scottish as well so I don't know how many australian kids songs he sung in the outback.

You mean Colin Hay ....... he with the wonky eye lol!

EternalOptimist
4th February 2010, 12:00
I heard a bit of the other song, Melody is pretty much the same although it is about half the tempo and I doubt it is in anway copied.

The main guy in men at work was pretty much scottish as well so I don't know how many australian kids songs he sung in the outback.

I am thinking now of forming a band, 'Men out of Work'

our first hit will be to the tune of 'Ging Gang Goolie' and will be called
'CUKkers brothers whinging in an old gun tree'




:rolleyes: