Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Song of the Day: 'Just Ain't Enough' by Boy George

Have been on a bit of a Boy George solo kick lately and was a little stunned by this long-forgotten ditty from his quite good debut, "Sold." I sincerely do not believe he and co-writer Lamont Dozier are guilty of plagiarism. But if this didn't warrant a lawsuit from the writer of the Pointer Sisters' "I'm So Excited," how do these other cases (Sam Smith v. Tom Petty; Robin Thicke/Pharrell v. Marvin Gaye; Radiohead v. The Hollies; George Harrison v. The Chiffons; et al.) get going? Would love to hear from experts. Something tells me it's more about how litigious/and powerful you are than how similar the music is. 

For what it's worth, I've always thought "Love Makes the World Go Round" (Madonna) was awfully similar to "Let's Hear It for the Boy" (Deniece Williams) -- and I could name 10 others, starting with what I believe is the most blatant ripoff of all: "Telephone (Pick Up The)" written by Bobby Orlando for the Flirts, which is the exact same tune as the Go-Go's "Vacation." 

1 comment:

Jinxy said...

You are right! Sounds so much like the Pointer Sisters.