In 1976, George Harrison was found guilty of "subconscious plagiarism"
when a judge ruled that "My Sweet Lord
" sounded too much like the Chiffons hit "He's So Fine
." Since then, artists like Robin Thicke on "Blurred Lines
" and Katy Perry on "Dark Horse
" have fallen foul of the legally sensitive topic of originality/copyright. Songwriters are becoming increasingly nervous about being sued, as any tune they write is bound to use musical elements that have already been explored.
Here, The Who's guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend takes a tongue-in-cheek look at music originality. He nullifies artists' complaints about their music being pilfered because:This sound that we share
Has already been played
And it hangs in the air
Speaking about the provocative track, Townshend said, "Our musical palette is limited enough in the 21st century without some dork claiming to have invented a common chord scheme."