Check out the video below and listen carefully:
For those not familiar with the original or need a refresher, listen to the The Ghost Inside by Broken Bells.
Yes, it's a blatant and cheapened rip off! Sure they use a different tempo and key. But everything else is carbon copy - the 1/8 note keys, the bass line, the synth lead, the double claps, back-up harmony vocals and even falsetto voice at the end.
Now I've seen this done before. Not too long ago, Microsoft launched an advertisement with a song that sounded a lot like Arcade Fire's Wake Up but was different enough to not be deemed copyright infringement. Don't these big high-tech multi-million dollar companies have the coin to license the real thing? Or perhaps they know people like me will write a blog post about it, giving their product free (yet limited in my case) publicity?
While I'm not going to lose sleep over this, I just think credit should be given where credit is due and artists should be fairly compensated for use of their intellectual property. But the more I think about it, if anyone should be upset it should really be Damon Albarn of Gorillaz :) . Or maybe he should be simply flattered.