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, they done screwed the pooch right thar. You have been duly instructed.

Today’s docket: Led Zeppelin, plaintiffs vs. Franz Ferdinand, defendant

Led Zeppelin – Trampled Underfoot from Physical Graffiti (1975)

It’s all about the riffing in the hedgerow, in case you don’t know. The piper says you’re a filthy crook!

Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out from Franz Ferdinand (2004)

Oh, I’m sorry. Willie Dixon just called. He said he’d like the majority of his work returned to him, thank you. It’s not a rip-off of you anyway. If anyone should be pissed off, it should be the Doobie Brothers after you clearly ripped “Long Train Running”!

Who got trampled here?

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