Is it a Rip-Off? KANSAS vs. RIVERS OF NIHIL

Noticed this immediately on my first listen. I’ve been wondering if anyone else has.

Take a listen to this sound bite and let me know which category you think this example falls into:

  1. This is a rip-off! Some bastard stole some other bastard’s jam!
  2. This is an homage. This is too similar. The artist is merely giving a wink and nod to a predecessor.
  3. This is a coincidence. Louis Daguerre and Henry Fox both invented photography independent of each other, after all. There are only so many ways to make music.
  4. This is an accident. Yeah, it’s probably inspired by the older piece, but they probably didn’t even realize it.
  5. You are smoking. Don’t even see it.

KANSAS – “Carry on My Wayward Son” vs. RIVERS OF NIHIL – “Subtle Change”

Enjoy this one, and don’t forget to smash that like button!

1 Comment

  1. Given that this is one of the 3 Kansas songs that EVERYBODY knows, it’s impossible for it to be a 3. I don’t think it’s an homage either. It doesn’t feel like a deliberate reminder of the greatness of a previous work. I’m willing to give it a 4, but this might really be a 1.

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