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*I'm A Man by [[The Spencer Davis Group]] (1966)
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Here's a band that have probably been accused of Plagiarism more times than most people could possibly count, but this is all about giving you the opportunity to make up your own mind.


The similarities between the Oasis breakthrough hit "Cigarettes and Alcohol" and the T.Rex classic "Get It On (Bang a Gong)" have been referenced by some people, see what you think -

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder is believed to have noticed that the track "Step Out" sounded suspiciously like a classic song of his called "Uptight"

It has also been claimed that "Step Out" was included on early promotional copies of the album, but was mysteriously pulled at the last minute, and when the song finally surfaced, they apparently listed Stevie Wonder as one of the songwriters.

This track eventually became a B-side to their 1996 single "Don't Look Back in Anger," and "Uptight" writers Wonder, Henry Cosby and Sylvia Moy received credit for writing the song, along with Noel Gallagher.

Thin Lizzy

The chorus vocal melody of Step Out might be almost identical to Stevie Wonder's Uptight, but the middle eight guitar riff is very 'similar' to Thin Lizzy's live version of Bob Seger's song Rosalie.

I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing

Well, there's just no comment here, see what you make of this comparison -

Neil Innes

Oasis's 1994 single "Whatever" was initially credited as being written by the band's lead guitarist Noel Gallagher; a subsequent lawsuit awarded a co-writing credit to musical comedian Neil Innes due to similarities to his song "How Sweet to Be an Idiot."

The Beatles

Up In the Sky, would appear to have a Similar melody to 'Rain' by the Beatles.

Gary Glitter / Wings

Here's another rumour we found - Gary Glitter 'Hello Hello I'm back again' seems to be the guitar intro as 'Wonderwall', what do you think?

It's also been claimed that it's musical similarity to 'Medicine Jar' by the Wings.

The Velvet Underground

This one's well worth a comparison -

I'm Waiting For The Man by The Velvet Underground from 1967.

Compared with Mucky Fingers by Oasis from 2005, we don't think that even Noel should deny this one.

The La's

The staccato intro guitar chords from Clean Prophet by The La's (1988) are believed to be almost identical to The Importance Of Being Idle by Oasis (2005)

The La's are one of Noel Gallagher's favourite bands.

The Faces

Does "Headshrinker" by Oasis from 1995, share similarities to "Stay With Me" a 1971 hit from The Faces??

Well, The Rolling Stones is rumoured to be one of Noel's favourite bands, maybe Ronnie Wood is his favourite Stone? It is possible seeing as the guitar intro to bruising b-side Headshrinker appears to be 90% the same as Wood's on The Faces' hit.

Herb Alpert

One of the oddest accusations that has been aimed at the Gallagher's is in reference to the their song "Half The World Away" from 1994, and the accusation that it sounds similar to "This Guy's In Love With You" by Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass" from 1968.

There is a picture of songwriter Burt Bacharach on the cover of Oasis's album Definitely Maybe, and Noel is apparently a fan of BB's vocal melodies, this might explain and possibly justify the opening C / FMaj7 chords and the musical meter of "Half The World Away" being a close relation to Herb Alpert's version of the Bacharach classic.

Fuckin' In The Bushes

Let's take a combination of -

Was this the "ingredients" for "Fuckin' In The Bushes" by Oasis (2000), see what you think.

There is a belief that Noel wanted to sample Mitch Mitchell's drums from a rare live version of Little Miss Lover, but the Jimi Hendrix estate blocked its use, the rumour continues that Oasis's then-drummer Alan White simply 'recreated' it, if this is true, we don't see how that makes things better.

Then there's that higher register guitar riff, kicking off in the Oasis song at around 1:30, this does seem to be a pretty clear rip from the Ten Years After riff (listen from 2:40).

Next we shall have a look at the organ riff in The Spencer Davis Group's I'm A Man (around 0:24).

There has even been the suggestion that some of the vocal samples from the Barry Lerner's documentary film Message To Love: Isle Of Wight (1970), and Fuckin' In The Bushes is almost 100% recycled.


Another accusation that'd been made, Slade's "Take Me Back 'Ome" and "Some Might Say" are a little too similar.


There's also a suggestion that the riff from "Morning Glory" sounds a bit like R.E.M.'s "The One I Love."

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