If you listened to this week’s most excellent and righteous DONCAST you’ll be up on this already, but if not, there’s been an interesting discovery round these parts this week. A Michael Fitzgerald wrote me the following email:
I was just curious as to the association between your song off When We Were Young and the song “Him” from Lily Allen’s newest album. I noticed there is an uncanny resemblance between the melody of these two songs and was wondering if they are simply based on the same sample or if you worked with her on the production of that particular song?
By the way, this about my favorite song off that album…always gets a positive reaction even here in Moscow, Idaho. Unfortunately, its a little hard to get a hold of your albums here in Idaho…
Cheers Mike! Well, as you can hear in the clip above, I was entirely unaware of this – as was my special guest Joey2tits… so we had a listen to the songs to see if there really was any resemblance. In case your life has been tragically bereft so far, and you’ve never heard it, here’s my ’05 sunshine masterpiece , Oh What A Glorious Thing:
Amazing. And here’s Lily Allen’s Him, from 2009′s It’s Not Me, It’s You
That was my initial reaction, anyway. Lily’s song is evidently built around a replay of the same guitar loop my song is – the first few bars of Nico’s gorgeous and lugubrious These Days. Now, its not unusual for people to sample similar things, no matter how obscure. What makes this ultra-suspect is the context – UK pop-rap, and the fact that the beat drops in exactly the same fashion, as does the bass. I played with Ms Allen when she was promoting her first album also. Oh yeah! AND! A couple of years ago my manager at the time had some meetings with Greg Kurstin who, having listened to my debut LP, was keen to work with me on my second. Scheduling conflicts stopped this from happening, however, as Kurstin was about to go into the studio with – yep – Lily Allen!
The big difference, of course, is that Oh! What A Glorious Thing has an amazing chorus, and Him has a horrible chorus.
What do you think?