This is the first post in a series called Friday Night Ripoffs(?). Here's the deal: every Friday, two songs, where one of them might very well be a gigantic ripoff of the other.
When I was 9 years old watching The Escape Club's "Wild Wild West" on MTV, my stepfather explained that the song was nothing more than a total lift of Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and then took me out to Tower Records (RIP) to buy the cassette and drive the point home.
What do you think? Ripoff, or just musical cadences that exist in the ether?
What are some other suspicious musical borrowings you've encountered? We'll go through the comments and post a prime suspect next week!