Glad to see some healthy debate on the topic. Let me note that I have no problem with covering a song, there's a long tradition of covering other people's songs, it's an integral part of the music world. However, taking parts of a song, lyrics, melodies, chord changes, and putting them in your own "original" song and not calling it a cover no es bueno. Also, Flo Rida stole the name of our orangiest state. My new rap name is going to be Ida Ho.
I got rid of some of the flair on the page so maybe it won't load like it's on AOL dial-up. Remember that mess?
"Hold on, let me me disconnect my phone so I can go online. I'll be downloading this Promise Ring song for the next 35 minutes."
Let's all take a minute to remember the internet of the late 90's. Napster, chat rooms, Makeout Club, eternal pageloading. What am I forgetting?
Let me also take a moment to rant. I flipping through radio stations yesterday in my car and I thought I heard "You Spin Me Right Round" by Dead or Alive, so I stopped, only to discover that it was, in fact, not the classic 80's band Dead or Alive but Flo Rida.
The song has basically the same melody, chord changes, and some of the same lyrics...
...and I might be mistaken but I don't think it's considered a cover, I think it's considered a Flo Rida original.
There are some other egregious examples of this (and I won't even get into Puff Daddy's offenses in this area).
Namely, Hilary Duff pwning Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus":
and Rihanna "borrowing" from Soft Cell's "Tainted Love":
I hope that the original artists are getting paid some serious royalties at least, I think Pete Burns from Dead or Alive would like to own a watch the size of a dinner plate too.
Thoughts on old timey Internetz or "covering" the classics?