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Rick Astley, Plagiarist

Found on twitter, a flickr set of designs that copied other designs. It appears that many designers, especially the ones that do trendy indie rock concert posters, are hoping that their target audience is too ignorant to notice when an attractive illustration is a copy of an earlier, more effective piece of art.

This somewhat relates to something I noticed when listening to Rick Astley’s Greatest Hits collection (don’t laugh; I think Stock Aitken Waterman were geniuses at what they did). Compare the opening percussion on “Never Gonna Give You Up” with the opening percussion on “Whenever You Need Somebody.” The bugger is that these two songs sat side by side on the same album. Say it ain’t so, Rick!


For a little extra ’80s awesomeness, I’m adding Rick’s “Take Me To Your Heart”:

One Thought on “Rick Astley, Plagiarist

  1. Bryan on March 29, 2010 at 8:52 pm said:

    Almost all their tunes sound alike- who cares- it’s just great pop music! My fave is Mel & Kim’s FLM album. I unashamedly lurve SAW!!!

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