History SuspiciouslySimilarSong / LiveActionTV

22nd Jun '16 3:56:42 AM gewunomox
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* A track from early in the first series of ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2_1_PD9sjw "Westminster Bridge"]] is an admitted Suspiciously Similar Song to Music/{{Pixies}}' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0R9kFljjv0 "Cecilia Ann."]]

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* A track from early in the first series of ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2_1_PD9sjw "Westminster Bridge"]] is an admitted Suspiciously Similar Song to Music/{{Pixies}}' Music/ThePixies' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0R9kFljjv0 "Cecilia Ann."]]
21st Jun '16 4:08:01 AM gewunomox
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* TLC's ''Series/WhatNotToWear'' occasionally uses a Suspiciously Similar Song to DuranDuran's "Rio" for the subject's post-makeover interview.

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* TLC's ''Series/WhatNotToWear'' occasionally uses a Suspiciously Similar Song to DuranDuran's Music/DuranDuran's "Rio" for the subject's post-makeover interview.
14th Jun '16 6:34:21 PM Lirodon
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* In a segment on ''Series/{{Conan}}'' members of the audience were to guess what songs the band played. The only problem was that, according to Conan, they couldn't afford to play any actual pop songs, and had to do Suspiciously Similar Songs instead.
-->'''Conan''': What song does that sound like, but I can prove to you legally it isn't?

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* In a segment on ''Series/{{Conan}}'' members of the audience were to guess what songs the band played. The only problem was that, according to Conan, had a recurring AudienceGame called "Basic Cable Series/NameThatTune"; because they couldn't afford the rights to play any the actual pop songs, the band performs a suspiciously similar version of an actual song with lyrics parodying the originals, and had the contestant has to do Suspiciously Similar Songs instead.
guess what the real song was.
-->'''Conan''': What song does that sound like, [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial but I can prove to you legally it isn't?isn't?]]
14th Jun '16 6:24:03 PM Lirodon
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* Used for laughs in ''Series/FatherTed'', when Ted and Dougal write Ireland's ''Series/EurovisionSongContest'' entry using new lyrics and an old ''Series/{{Eurovision}}'' song track's tune, which they assume to be too obscure to be widely known. They assume incorrectly.

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* Used for laughs in ''Series/FatherTed'', when Ted and Dougal write Ireland's ''Series/EurovisionSongContest'' Series/EurovisionSongContest entry using new lyrics and an old ''Series/{{Eurovision}}'' Eurovision song track's tune, which they assume to be too obscure to be widely known. They assume incorrectly.
26th May '16 7:21:53 AM akaun6899
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* Sometimes this happens when a TV show is released on DVD and the production company didn't manage to secure the license to the original music [[note]]In the [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates U.S.]], one has to contract separately for the right to use a song for ''broadcast'' purposes and the right to include the song for ''distribution'' purposes. Even ten years ago, who would have thought consumers would [[ItWillNeverCatchOn spend good money on box sets of old TV shows]]?[[/note]]. For instance, the DVD release of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' uses an instrumental opening song that's very reminiscent of, but not identical to, Music/FrankSinatra's "Love and Marriage"... unlike the original broadcasts, which actually ''did'' use Sinatra's song.

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* Sometimes this happens when a TV show is released on DVD and the production company didn't manage to secure the license to the original music [[note]]In the [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates U.S.]], one has to contract separately for the right to use a song for ''broadcast'' purposes and the right to include the song for ''distribution'' purposes. Even ten years ago, who would have thought consumers would [[ItWillNeverCatchOn spend good money on box sets of old TV shows]]?[[/note]]. For instance, the original DVD release of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' uses an instrumental opening song that's very reminiscent of, but not identical to, Music/FrankSinatra's "Love and Marriage"... unlike the original broadcasts, which actually ''did'' use Sinatra's song. The newer releases do retain the song, however.
12th May '16 2:42:35 AM shamblingdead2
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* Some of the themes in the between-scenes bits on ''Series/That70sShow'' sound quite a bit like popular rock songs from the 1970s. Notably, the "baby baby baby" wail sounds like Music/LedZeppelin 's "baby, baby, baby do you like it" (from "Misty Mountain Hop"). And there's a riff in the later season that sounds exactly like "Same Old Song and Dance" by Aerosmith.
3rd May '16 7:00:38 PM Hossmeister
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** "Cereal Girl" was a pastiche of Music/{{Madonna}}'s "Material Girl", using the same beat and chord progression with a different melody. "It's Hip to Be a Square" is of course, a near-note-for-note parody of Music/HueyLewisAndTheNews' "Hip to be Square." Billy Idle - "Rebel L" is suspiciously similar to Music/BillyIdol - "Rebel Yell." Bruce Stringbean's "Born to Add" and "Barn in the USA" spoof Music/BruceSpringsteen's "Born to Run" and "Born in the USA," respectively.

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** "Cereal Girl" was a pastiche of Music/{{Madonna}}'s "Material Girl", using the same beat and chord progression with a different melody. "It's Hip to Be a Square" is of course, a near-note-for-note parody of Music/HueyLewisAndTheNews' "Hip to be Square." Billy Idle - "Rebel L" is suspiciously similar to Music/BillyIdol - "Rebel Yell." Bruce Stringbean's "Born to Add" and "Barn in the USA" spoof Music/BruceSpringsteen's "Born to Run" "Music/BornToRun" and "Born in the USA," respectively.
3rd May '16 5:47:29 PM aye_amber
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** In one jogging montage, they played music suspiciously similar to, but legally different from, Music/{{Vangelis}}' main theme to ''Film/ChariotsOfFire''.

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** In one jogging montage, they played music suspiciously similar to, but legally different from, Music/{{Vangelis}}' ''Vangelis''' main theme to ''Film/ChariotsOfFire''.''Film/ChariotsOfFire.''
20th Apr '16 12:37:33 AM erforce
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* Joel [=McNeely's=] score for the ''[[Series/TheYoungIndianaJonesChronicles Young Indy]]'' episode "Phantom Train of Doom" features setpieces with similar segments to the tank fight score from ''[[IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade Last Crusade]]'', as well as the finale to ''Film/{{Hook}}''.

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* Joel [=McNeely's=] score for the ''[[Series/TheYoungIndianaJonesChronicles Young Indy]]'' episode "Phantom Train of Doom" features setpieces with similar segments to the tank fight score from ''[[IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade Last Crusade]]'', as well as the finale to ''Film/{{Hook}}''.
19th Apr '16 9:30:22 AM twilicorn
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** Sesame Workshop (then Children's Television Workshop) almost got sued by ATV Music over Music/TheBeatles' "Letter B." Then Music/MichaelJackson bought the [=Lennon/McCartney=] catalog, so CTW only paid $50.

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** Sesame Workshop (then Children's Television Workshop) almost got sued by ATV Music over "Letter B," their parody of Music/TheBeatles' "Letter B." "Music/LetItBe". Then Music/MichaelJackson bought the [=Lennon/McCartney=] catalog, so CTW only paid $50.$50 (which came from composer Chris Cerf's pocket).
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