Plastic punks

Culture is constantly being recycled. Whether it’s a slogan, song lyric, or even movie theme the new mainstream product resembles its predecessor more and more as time goes on. This phenomenon is known as “being a douche bag.” These two songs are an example of just that.  

Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Pretty little ditty”

Listen from 02:09 to 02:30… keep in mind this is 1990.

Now listen to “Butterfly” by Crazy Town

Listen to… the whole song actually. Crazy Town pretty much looped the 20 sec clip off of “Pretty Little Ditty.” IT EVEN HAS THE SAME DAMN BASS LINE. I wonder what the conversation was like when they made this song.. ..”dude, we blow. F**K it lets just use garageband and loop some shit.”

MISSION: EASY – Find two other instances where this also happens and post both the original and “plastic” version. Post each version and explain what makes them recycled culture or an original idea.


3 Responses to “Plastic punks”

  1. ketsukusa Says:

    this is very interesting. I did not know that crazy town borrowed that melody from RHCP. But rapstars do it all the time right. lol

  2. astrangerwithcandy Says:

    Actually, the conversation went like this:
    Crazy Town’s Epic Mazur tells LAUNCH the groove was just what the song needed. “We had, like, a bunch of lyrics and the idea for ‘Butterfly,’ and I heard this piece of ‘Pretty Little Ditty,’ a little song on the [Chili Peppers’] Mother’s Milk album, and it was like two bars long and I thought it was magic,” he recalls. “It just was screaming out ‘Butterfly’ to me, and I’m thinking, Wow, if I filter out the bass and then if I split it up like this, and throw the beat in there like that … I put it together and we put the vocals down and it was as undeniable as it could feel at that time.”

    Mazur tells LAUNCH that Chili Pepper frontman Anthony Kiedis called him after returning from a Los Angeles Lakers game one night to express his enthusiasm for the track. “They love it,” Mazur says, pointing out that “it’s the only sample the Peppers have ever cleared.”

    — Neal Weiss, Los Angeles


    I wouldn’t consider it stolen by any means seeing as how they got approval, though it definitely was a lack of creativity on their part.

    Whatever, when was the last time anyone heard from them? VH1 pseudo-celebrity rehab.

  3. herewithnoone Says:

    reminds me of that commercial a while ago…learn to play three notes on a guitar, learn over 1000 songs…

    Plenty musicians sample other songs or do cover songs, Kanye West’s whole Late Registration album was made up of song samples

    although there is a lack of creativity, i still enjoy it, sometimes they take a verse of another song and change the meaning of it in their own song.

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