Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Kid Rock Borrows Classics from Library

Kid Rock has gone and done it and written the perfect summer anthem for our times. He completely ripped off the Warren Zevon classic 'Werewolves of London' and added some useless lyrics which do nothing but embarass the Zevon estate (except for the big check he probably wrote them). And if that theft that would have made even David Cook blush wasn't enough, Mr. Rock went ahead and spliced the 'Sweet Home Alabama' riff right into the chorus. Wow, he is really laying out the bucks due to what must be a lack of creativity to get onto the radio. The song is even called 'All Summer Long'. Did Will Smith help you with that title? As a quick FYI, the song was written for his 'Rock and Roll Jesus' album which came out in October '07.

Granted I heard the song listening to Sirius Hits Channel 1, which considers an endless loop of Miley Cyrus, Avril Lavigne, Leona Lewis, and Linkin Park to be worthwhile, but I at least want to think the generic pop music I listen to isn't watered down by riff rip offs from the '70's.

Here is a nice analysis from the Chicago Darch-Times of the Kid "borrowing" from his heroes:

11 Apr '08 - How Kid Rock 'borrowed' Warren Zevon's Werewolves of London

In case you didn't know: for over half a century now the music industry is the place to be if you wanna make shitloads of money without any real talent. Already sixty years ago playing just an instrument pretty much did the trick. One just took the song someone else had come up with, recorded their own version of it, called it a cover, et voila. The bucks were rolling in. Back in the nineties it became even easier. One just took a big hit from years earlier, and used that just as a sample, to make your own boring product juicy and catchy. Of course it worked. And even more bucks were rolling in. Ya think that was the end of it? Hell no. Kid Rock just came up with the mash up. Just take the music from one song (don't even replay it, just use the original music) and put the lyrics of another song to it. Et voila. Rock took the music of Warren Zevon's Werewolves of London and put some Bob Seger lyrics to it, and thus came up with All Summer Long. Worst thing of all: I really like the song.

Kid Rock
Rock and Roll Jesus Album
All Summer Long

1 comment:

paul and dave said...

totally agree, feel the same but love it too, hip hop ethos, rock sound; i also like he's got game, public enemy whic is buffallo springfield in disguise