Interpolation! Of Robbie Williams & The Escape From New York OST

by Shelt Garner

I’m way too lazy to see if this was litigated, but here is a cut-and-dry example of “interpolation.”

A bit of THIS song…

…is identical to the backbeat of THIS song….

Marina Has a Britney Spears & Katy Perry Interpolation Problem

By Shelt Garner

I hate to be a narc and I can’t possibly be the only person to notice that this great song by Marina:

Sounds a lot like this great song by Britney Spears:

And this great song by Katy Perry:

The only reason why I even notice it is I knew the Marina song sounded a lot like another song then I was like, “Ah ha! Womanizer!” It then also occurred to me it sounds a lot like a sped up I Kiss A Girl, too.

I Know What You Did On Halsey’s Song ‘You Asked For This,’ Trent Reznor

by Shelt Garner

Ok, I really — really — like Halsey’s new album. But there are a few points in the album where I sit up and take notice at how…derivative some of the songs are in their production. The entire album has the usual NIN vibe to it thanks to producer Trent Reznor. That’s a gimmie. But there a few other tracks that make you go what the what?

Listen this all the way through.

I want you listen to the whole thing, then listen to these two songs. First, listen to this classic by Blur.

And then listen to this song by Garbage.

The Blur song is provides the very beginning of the Halsey song. But it’s the latter song that is ripped off the most. The two songs have a very similar macro beat structure. The only reason why I even mention it is to my ear, the echo of the Garbage song in the Halsey song is so potent that it kind of drives me crazy until I can get some closure.

Anyway. I gotcha, Trent! (To be fair, I listened again and it’s not THAT obvious. But the two songs definitely seem similar if you know them both.)