Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Strange Coincidences

Greetings once again, my fellow mod heads! Every now and again I stumble across something rather, how do you say? Entirely too coincidental, perhaps? And well... it just leaves me in amazement. This particular coincidence is none other than the similarity that can be noticed when you hear U2's City of Blinding Lights and a portion of the theme music from the main stage(s) of the Sega gaming classic  Space Harrier. Of course, it's a bit of stretch, really... and far be it from me to accuse any artist of musical thievery. For it's one thing to "borrow" a written piece of music from another song and make it your own to the point where the new generation isn't even aware of the original source material because it's just not considered "hip" to know a thing or two about musical history! Just look at all the ill informed people out there that dance to MC Hammer but have never even heard of Rick James or those that are into Vanilla Ice but don't have a clue as to who Freddy Mercury of Queen and/or David Bowie is, for that matter! But either way, just take a listen below and you'll see what I mean...

You'll notice that U2's song up above sounds almost identical to the passage at the 24 to 25 second mark of the Sega counterpart in the video below. This song of course came out in 2004, while the arcade has been around since 1985... it's still a matter of debate whether it's legal or not to do this without getting a lawsuit from the video game industry. Technically speaking, patent laws expire after 20 years... which is when works such as these are public domain, yet they released the song with just a year to go, so your guess is as good as mine on the whole legality of it all. Either way, I just thought it was interesting to point this out... in case you're a musical artist looking to score a Pac-Man hip hop song or something along those lines.

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