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Al right Axl calm down
originally posted by: atslagsifnotmember
a reply to: nonspecific
is this a joke? sweet child of mine is nothing like this song. guitar at end nothing like same cords if thats what you are talking about
originally posted by: chiefsmom
Personally can't stand GNR, but I have to wonder, why really did it take so long for this to be an issue, if it is?
Bored people on the internet.
That explains it.
originally posted by: FireMoon
As a muso myself I'd say it was almost certainly was used at the template for the Buns and Toasties song. Before the net existed or became important, this use to happen quite a lot. If the Aussie band had a publishing deal then there's even more chance the song was err "borrowed". In all probability it has happened to me once in the early 80s. We had several major labels chasing after a band I was in and we recorded several demos for them. A few years alter a friend from a record company asked me if I'd noticed that a world famous rock song bore a remarkable resemblance to one of those songs we recorded in 1981. Funny thing was, I'd never really given it a thought as it's one of those songs that really is all about the chorus and the verse are generally not really remembered. That said, when my friend pointed it out I listened and I have to say, the verses to that song are melody wise, virtually identical to the song we wrote. What's more, one the people associated with the recording of that song knew the songs we recorded.
That's life though, Madonna nearly got away with it with regards to "Ray of Light" and it was only after the original writers threatened court action their names were added to the credits and they received the monies they were due. If Madonna thought she really could get away with this then do you really think Buns and Toasties management didn't think they could?
BTW, just to add, the reason it's probably taken so long was that the Aussie band would have had to find some evidence that Buns and Toasties or someone associated to the recording of Sweet Child, had definitely heard the other song. There is a legal defence that you simply had never heard the other song so therefore, had no idea you were writing something similar.
originally posted by: nonspecific
originally posted by: jamesthegreat
I'm so glad there were subtitles. Even after 30 years, I still can't understand James Reyne.
I had never heard the song or indeed the band before I saw the article.
Do you think that GnR may have borrowed from the song or is it just random chance?