Pop Music Plagiarism's Worst Offenses: A History

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Nobody has written an original rock song since 1953, and the entire music industry is founded on exchanging blurry photocopies of other people's work. Sure, some art is outright plagiarism, but even when it's in a gray area, it's an opportunity for cash. Case in point: Australian psych band Tame Impala is currently fielding accusations that its song "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" rips off Argentinian singer Pablo Ruiz's "Océano." This is a song that the members of the band have likely never, ever heard. We'll see if their lawyer can make that case.

Over the years, music-plagiarism accusations have hit some of pop music's most popular artists. Here are eight of the highest-profile cases.

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3rd Bass Rapper MC Serch Almost Moved to St. Louis on an Italian Opera Scholarship

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MC Serch
This year marks 25 years since The Cactus Album, the debut release by legendary New York hip-hoppers 3rd Bass. Released on Def Jam, backed by Russell Simmons' Rush Management and produced in part by the Bomb Squad (best known for its work with Public Enemy and Ice Cube), The Cactus Album boasted impressive hip-hop credentials. Not bad when you consider that MC Serch and Pete Nice were the first white rappers, other than the Beastie Boys, to earn such credibility in the hip-hop scene.

None of it would have happened, however, had Serch taken the voice scholarship that the St. Louis School of Music offered him after high school.

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"Twerking," "Dubstep" and Other Dumb Music Words Now in the Dictionary

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Thankfully, Miley Cyrus finally convinced the Oxford folks to define "twerking."
As 21st-century culture and technology continue to evolve, so too must our language.

Whether you like it or not, all these hashtag buzzwords are part of the greater lexicon. Literally, "hashtag" was added to the dictionary.

But it's not just words like "selfie," "noob" or "friend zone." The musical terms making official Oxford and Merriam appearances are just as facepalm-worthy. (Add "facepalm" to the list too.) And while "EDM" isn't one of them, it can't be too far off.

See also: Why I Can't Take "EDM" Seriously

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Here's a Weird Video of the Mountain Goats Singing Black Flag Backstage in St. Louis

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North Carolina-based folk-rock band the Mountain Goats is currently gearing up for its first full-band show in a year, as part of Merge Records' 25th anniversary festival that runs from today through this Saturday. In anticipation of the big event, drummer Jon Wurster recently posted a very odd video to his Facebook page, in which the three-piece is seen dancing and singing an a cappella version of Black Flag's "Beat My Head Against the Wall."

See also: The Mountain Goats and Water Liars at the Gargoyle, 4/21/12: Review and Setlist

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Yeehaw! Missouri Ranks As No. 3 State Where Life Is Like a Country Song

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Save a horse, ride a cowboy. Or, you know, just hop into your pickup truck.

Are we really living out country songs here in Missouri? Hound dogs, pickup trucks, moonshine and the works, to the extent of being the third-most country-fried state in the nation? Armed with tons of data, national real estate site Estately challenges that it's possible. Oh, joy.

We've been burned in the past with weird data factories claiming to have the pulse of the country. Anyone remember when the Echo Nest swore that the most popular band in Missouri was the Shins? Yeah, that was kind of crazy. (We think our very scientific discovery about the least popular bands in the states was way better.)

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Felice Brothers Robbed in St. Louis; This Is Getting Ridiculous

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Both the accordion and the fiddle you see here were stolen.
The members of New York folk-rock outfit the Felice Brothers are only the latest musicians to be victims of crime while in St. Louis. The group had its gear stolen before it even took the stage for its June 30 show at Off Broadway.

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Suspect in Shooting of St. Louis Musician Now in Police Custody

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Charges have been filed against 22-year-old Christopher Brown of the 3600 block of Gasconade Street in connection with a shooting last week that took place near the Broadway Oyster Bar in Soulard.

On June 20 at around 2 a.m., trumpet player Adam Hucke was at the bar, where he performed with Big Mike Aguirre & the Blu-City All Stars, when he was struck in the shoulder by a stray bullet. The injury was not life-threatening, and Hucke was released from the hospital the same night.

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Eyehategod Robbed In St. Louis, Thousands Taken

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Legendary metal act Eyehategod had some rather unfortunate luck during their stop in St. Louis this past Wednesday when someone got into the band's van outside of Fubar and stole thousands of dollars in cash and electronics. Sources on the scene claim the band's van door had been left wide open and unattended when the crime occurred, making for a crime of opportunity.

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St. Louis Musician Shot By Stray Bullet at Broadway Oyster Bar Last Night

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Adam Hucke, victim of last night's shooting.
UPDATE: According to police the suspect is a "male, dark complexion, early twenties, wearing a white t-shirt and white pants." He fled the scene in a red Chevy Monte Carlo. The full police report is now at the bottom of this post. (End of update; original story below.)

Funky Butt Brass Band trumpet player Adam Hucke is safe at home now after being the victim of a stray bullet last night at the Broadway Oyster Bar, located on the 700 block of South Broadway. The shot was part of a rolling shootout between cars near the White Castle across the street.

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Why Do We Keep Making Child Molester Gary Glitter Rich?

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Gary Glitter on Top of the Pops in 1974.
The music, film, TV, and sports industries are in bed with a convicted child molester: Gary Glitter.

You know Gary Glitter, even if you don't think you do. He's famous for "Rock and Roll Part 2," which is played during sports events from coast to coast. (Ring a bell? "Da da da - Hey!" The video is below.)

NME reported that Glitter earned £300,000 (about $450,000) in 2012 alone, largely from U.S. music royalties.

You may not know what a creep Gary Glitter is. Let us enlighten you.

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