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how ‘influence’ works – Washington vs Laura Marling

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A Collapse Board reader pushed this my way and it felt churlish not to use it.

The anonymous contributor writes: “Have a listen to 1.11 of this, and then 2.33 of this“.

You could probably tune in a few seconds before on each and tune out 30 seconds later to achieve the desired effect. It’s interesting the way ‘influence’ works.

4 Responses to how ‘influence’ works – Washington vs Laura Marling

  1. Darragh January 25, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Wow. The melody is exactly the same. I recall the Flaming Lips got sued by Cat Stevens for there song ‘Fight Test’ because of the similarities between the two songs…but this example is even more congruent.

    Interesting an article in the SMH says the following on Washington:

    “Brains, too, are what you hear in the way the newest song in the set, Plastic Bag, takes a folk song tune (reminiscent of Laura Marling’s Rambling Man) and seamlessly shapes it into a rousing piece of rock.”

    Which makes me suspect that the melody could be an older folk tune reworked by both Marling and Washington – but I can’t find anything else about it.

  2. Dave January 25, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    So what. Everybody’s always ripping off everybody at some point. If all an artists songs were straight rips, that’d be a story. But not this IMO.

  3. Ken February 1, 2011 at 7:30 am

    And the same key too.

  4. Sam February 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    They really are identical here, which is a tad disappointing. But to be fair, that melodic pattern is VERY common. Funnily enough I can think of a few system of a down songs that use it, and I can definitely recall using it myself 😛

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