that has bothered me for a long time definitely isn't something along the lines of a "minor similarity due to the fact that there is a limited amount of chord progression
s in the world". The intro to the song King of Swing
, one of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
's entries into the swing
craze of the late 1990
's, is a direct and blatant ripoff of The Pogues
from their 1989
album Peace and Love
. The only difference? King of Swing
adds lyrics. The drums and horns are almost exactly the same.
The Pogues are not given any writing credits in the liner notes of both BBVD albums on which the song appears (the first was a self-released CD that, I believe, is no longer available). Back around '95 or '96, a friend of mine brought up this issue to one of the members at a concert. Said friend was asked to leave. Afterwards, he sent the drummer a couple of e-mails regarding the subject. The response was a claim of ignorance regarding the matter and a promise to get back to him when he knew more about it. No further e-mails were received.
But that's showbiz, I guess.