All rise.

The rules of this courtroom are simple. You will be presented with two songs, one by the plaintiff and one by the defendant. It is your task to decide if the defendant’s track is only coincidentally similar to the plaintiffs or, as members of the Bar Association put it, how… could… you?! You have been duly instructed.

Today’s docket: Blues Traveler, plaintiffs vs. Sister Hazel, defendants

Blues Traveler – “Runaround,” from Four (1994)

We recorded three albums that got us nothing but stoner groupies. Finally, we get a hit song and hot stoner groupies! Then these jerks come along, rip off our melody and our hot stoner groupies! What’s this crap?

Sister Hazel – “All For You,” from …Somewhere More Familiar (1997)

It’s so unfair. We never, ever ripped off Blues Traveler. We had no intention of ripping off Blues Traveler. Hootie, maybe!

Who’s getting the Runaround?

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