The Amps ripped off New Model Army

I was listening to my music library randomly today and heard a song from a band called “The Amps” that I’ve never listened to and it sounded so familiar I thought it was a cover version.

In 1989, New Model Army released “Inheritance” and it starts like this:

10 years later, in 1999, The Amps (formed by Kim Deal of the Pixies and The Breeders) released “Hoverin” and it starts like this:

That’s a blatant rip-off, in my opinion.

2 thoughts on “The Amps ripped off New Model Army”

  1. Picasso never said that, although it’s often attributed to him. This explains it:

    It came from a paraphrasing of something T.S. Eliot said about poets:

    “One of the surest tests [of the superiority or inferiority of a poet] is the way in which a poet borrows. Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different than that from which it is torn; the bad poet throws it into something which has no cohesion. A good poet will usually borrow from authors remote in time, or alien in language, or diverse in interest.”

    That doesn’t at all say that great poets/artists steal. They’re influenced, of course, but they should always change/improve it.

    The Amps stole it and made it worse.

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