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Mr

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"More or less a blatant rip-off"-type cues
« on: April 18, 2018, 01:11:07 PM »
I find this is often people's first assumption of what library music is - sloppy 'sound-alikes' piggybacking off of famous pieces of music. Somewhat surprisingly, perhaps, most library isn't.
I do quite enjoy those sort of cues, however! Do you know any cues that have taken a bit much inspiration from elsewhere?

Some of my favourites:
"Silent Witness" (Zack Laurence, Music House MHA-2)
(Mike Oldfield - "Tubular Bells")

"License to Kill - Pt. 2" (Anthony Mawer, Southern Library of Recorded Music MQ/LP-31)
(John Barry/Nancy Sinatra - "You Only Live Twice")

"Stingray", "Purple Moon" (David Reilly, Programme Music PM 026)
(Gary Numan - "Cars")

(Pink Floyd - "Breathe")

"Participation" (Ole Georg, Media Music the Professional PSE-17)
(Michael Jackson - "Thriller")
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Re: "More or less a blatant rip-off"-type cues
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2018, 01:26:22 PM »
David Reilly's "Purple Moon" was the first track I had in mind when I saw your post here, Mr. The title of this is such a clever wink to the listener ;)
I know there are numerous "Shaft" sound-alikes out there, but don't have time to track them down.
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Re: "More or less a blatant rip-off"-type cues
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2018, 02:51:43 PM »
"Chicken Sax" by Gerhard Trede is obviously a ripoff of "Yakety Sax" by Boots Randolph.

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Re: "More or less a blatant rip-off"-type cues
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2018, 05:20:39 PM »
There's a KPM which is a blatant rip of 'Pick Up the Pieces' by The Average White Band.   I forget the LP.
DWS/LP 3513 - 'Let's All Be Happy' is 'Best Years of Our Lives' by Modern Romance.  Same LP has Thriller rip off 'Black Heart'
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Lord Thames

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Re: "More or less a blatant rip-off"-type cues
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2018, 08:15:48 PM »
Keith Mansfield's 'Bubble Machine' on the KPM album Lifeforce was withdrawn after Gershon Kinglsey objected to the similarity to 'Popcorn' - it was re-recorded as 'Micro Pops' with a new bass and melody line and appeared on KPM CD 099.  The original remains unavailable.

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Re: "More or less a blatant rip-off"-type cues
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2018, 08:11:49 AM »
Steve Gray did a History of Jazz series for Bruton Music.

“Midnight Serenade” sounds an awful like Glenn Miller’s “Moonlight Serenade”.

“Take Your Time” is a take-off of Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five”.

Lord Thames

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Re: "More or less a blatant rip-off"-type cues
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2018, 12:29:05 PM »
Here's one I found recently - compare and contrast Dave Richmond's 'Confunktion' (aka the tune off the Denim aftershave adverts)



.....with obscure 1971 British prog rock track 'Sing' by Ransome Head:



Although Dave Richmond didn't play on the Ransome Head track, guitarist Clive Hicks did - I wonder if there was a bit of subconscious influencing going on there?

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Re: "More or less a blatant rip-off"-type cues
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2018, 12:42:12 PM »
Wow, LT. That's an obscure catch there. I dig that Ransome Head track.
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Lord Thames

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Re: "More or less a blatant rip-off"-type cues
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2018, 01:48:31 PM »
I love it!  Some very familiar names playing on it too, including Brian Dee, Harold Fisher and John Fiddy.

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Re: "More or less a blatant rip-off"-type cues
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2018, 08:22:22 AM »
Sauveur Mallia's "Digital Proton" (Cosmosynthetic Vol. 1) is a clear rip-off of Devo's "Girl U Want".

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Re: "More or less a blatant rip-off"-type cues
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2018, 05:15:26 PM »
David Reilly's "Purple Moon" was the first track I had in mind when I saw your post here, Mr. The title of this is such a clever wink to the listener ;)
I know there are numerous "Shaft" sound-alikes out there, but don't have time to track them down.

If I recall correctly one of them is actually called Shafty or something. Makes it easy for the sound editor to find the sort of thing they're looking for I guess!

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Re: "More or less a blatant rip-off"-type cues
« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2018, 05:43:10 PM »
I feel Joerg Reiter's three "Fun Key" LPs have several moments that sound very *cough* "inspired".
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