Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Does The Decemberists' "Calamity Song" Steal The Riff From R.E.M.'s "Talk About The Passion"? YOU DECIDE!
Anyone who has ever heard R.E.M.'s "Talk About The Passion" will no doubt slap their forehead in recognition and wonder how the heck The Decemberists could be so bold as to lift the riff from such an obvious source. Never mind the fact that the rest of "Calamity Song" proceeds to ape early-R.E.M. in almost every facet, except for the lyrics and vocal melody, which owe an obvious debt to They Might Be Giants, but perhaps not enough to get litigious over.
So, is it just me or should REM sue these riff robbers?