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Old 08-02-2019, 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Snowboarder Bo View Post

That's crazy talk.
Is it really?

Yes, some riffs are quite recognizable. Perhaps you might recognize the riff from ZZ Top's "La Grange." Do you think it would be crazy for someone else to use that riff?

How about If I told you that ZZ Top didn't come up with that riff? It goes back at least as far as John Lee Hooker's "Boogie Chillun."

It's been used in dozens and dozens of songs-- Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky," Foghat's "Slow Ride," Chris Isaak's "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing," Goldfrapp's "Ooh La La," and on and on.

It would be crazy talk to take such a basic figure of music and give ownership to a single person.

I'm not a scholar of music, but I would expect that a musicologist could come up with more than one song that used the "Smoke on the Water" riff.
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