Ripoff of the week: U2 vs. Belle and Sebastian


24. Okt. 2010, 0:13

This one surprised me, but hey - I hear what I hear.

And when I heard this new B&S song it sounded way too familiar. Just took me a week or so to put my finger on it.

U2 - "All I Want Is You" (1988)
written by U2

Belle and Sebastian - "The Ghost of Rockschool" (2010)
written by Belle and Sebastian or possibly just Stuart Murdoch

Both are built on a repetitive alternation between the two chords Ab (I) and Db (IV), with a virtually identical melody. Then Stuart swerves off U2 and starts to plagiarize himself, as the "But it all disappears and then I wake up" melody is basically the same as "innocent boys / They never know it / Because you never show it" from "The Stars of Track and Field" (1996).

No wonder people say this song reminds them of early B&S.


  • eriksilkensen

    h'mmm.. I dunno, doesn't sound like a ripoff to me...(though I generally don't care for u2) but also don't really understand re: stars of track and field..? imo sounds more similar to something like take your carriage clock . etc. . . anyway, I love this new b&s track =]

    24. Okt. 2010, 11:22
  • lorig

    It took me about 10 seconds to hear the similarity. Drives me nuts every time i hear the song.

    27. Feb. 2011, 0:15
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