Saturday, May 30, 2009

"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?": The Missing Link Between Rio de Janeiro and Hibbing, Minnesota?

Brazilian musician and songwriter Jorge Ben took umbrage at Rod Stewart's 1978 disco-inspired hit, "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" and sued the rooster-haired Brit for plagiarizing his song "Taj Mahal." Listen to the two, and you hear a lot of similarities. Rod admitted he stole parts of the song and agreed to donate proceeds from the single to UNICEF to appease Ben. However, I accidentally stumbled upon another bit of Rod plagiarism from the same song when listening to a lot of Bob Dylan recently. A little organ vamp played by Al Kooper in the middle of "One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)" that is only repeated once sounds, to me, like it has been stolen outright and used as a major part of "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?." Go to 2:59-3:08 on the Dylan video to hear it. I looked this up on the Internet and couldn't find anything. Surely someone else has noticed the similarity before.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Modern Age

When my paternal grandfather was in his early thirties, he was a WWII vet and owned his own farm. I spent the hour between 4 and 5 a.m. yesterday reading the comments posted under an Onion A/V Club article in which many people in their early thirties debated whether the TV sitcom The King of Queens was lowbrow or middlebrow.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Momentary diversion on the road to self-pity

Don't squirrels look hilarious when they're chewing on some food? Sitting upright, grasping onto a nut, chewing on the nut? Hilarious.