This is officially one of my favourite things ever.
Milky Way Wishes is the 38th album published by OverClocked ReMix. This double-album arranges music from Kirby Super Star, released in 1996 for the SNES. The album features 23 songs from 21 artists that re-envision the original compositions of Jun Ishikawa and Dan Miyakawa in a wide variety of styles and genres. The album also includes storybook-style visual artwork inspired by the plot of Kirby Super Star.
This man is the funniest man.
Akron/Family - Don’t Be Afraid, You’re Already Dead
Jonathan Coulton is an independent music artist who went viral after his music appeared in some of the biggest games in recent years: Left 4 Dead 2 (Re:Your Brains), Rock Band (Skullcrusher Mountain), as well as Portal 1 & Portal 2 (Still Alive/Want You Gone respectively). The first result on YouTube for “Still Alive” has nearly 17 million views.
A new episode of Glee recently aired, containing an “original” cover of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s song, Baby Got Back. Or so it seems, until you compare the two side by side.
Here’s Jonathan Coulton’s version of Baby Got Back, a piece for which he composed a brand new melody, released October 14, 2005:
Here is the version that aired on Glee on January 25th 2013:
Coincidence? Not exactly… The melodies are exactly the same. Here they both are played together.
“…If it is [ripped off], I have some questions about how IP works in terms of this song. It’s a cover of a Sir Mix-a-Lot song obviously, but I wrote a new melody for it, which this recording uses. Back when I released it, I bought the statutory license to distribute my version of this song through Harry Fox. Creative Commons doesn’t come into play because it’s a cover song, and anyway my CC license specifies Non-Commercial.
A complicating factor is that, to my ears, it sounds like it actually uses the audio from my recording – not the vocals obviously, but the instruments sound EXTREMELY similar. And I could swear I hear the duck quack somewhere in the background there, though it’s hard to say if that’s just my ears expecting it.”
If that’s not enough, in Jonothan Coulton’s cover, he had changed the lyrics “Mix-A-Lot’s in trouble” to “Johnny C’s in trouble”, which can be heard at the 2:16 mark.The EXACT SAME lyric is in the Glee version at 2:16 as well.
Still, in pure JoCo fashion, he remained classy about the whole situation, even though Fox basically told him to go fuck himself:
“Well, they aired it, seemingly unchanged. And it’s now for sale in the US iTunes store. They also got in touch with my peeps to basically say that they’re within their legal rights to do this, and that I should be happy for the exposure (even though they do not credit me, and have not even publicly acknowledged that it’s my version – so you know, it’s kind of SECRET exposure). While they appear not to be legally obligated to do any of these things, they did not apologize, offer to credit me, or offer to pay me, and indicated that this was their general policy in regards to covers of covers. It does not appear that I have a copyright claim, but I’m still investigating the possibility (which I consider likely) that they used some or all of my audio. I’ll write something longer and more detailed about this when I can get my head together about it probably in a couple of days. Thanks for your support, but please continue not to burn anything down.”
What a champ. Even in the case where there’s seemingly nothing he can do legally, he’s re-released the song as a single under the new title “Baby Got Back: In The Style Of Glee”, with 100% of the to charities - namely the VH1 Save The Music Foundation and the It Gets Better Project.
If you want to help, show some love for an incredible musician and human being! Buy the track on:
The power of music is amazing.
Sorry about this.
Guy’s got talent.
Game Grumps Remix - Sophia Lo-ren (by atpunk01)
Have some electro.