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Rock Court, Small Claims Division: Rob Thomas v. Pink Floyd and INXS

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, dude, that ain’t right. You have been duly instructed.

Today’s docket: Rob Thomas vs. Pink Floyd and INXS

Rob Thomas – Give Me the Meltdown from Cradlesong (2009)

Your honor, my song “Give Me the Meltdown” pays direct homage to both Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” and INXS’ “What You Need” — this continuation of the rock and roll bloodline clearly shows that I have inherited the greatness and pedigree of those who came before me!

Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall Part II from The Wall (1979)

INXS – What You Need from Listen Like Thieves (1985)

As representative for Messrs. Waters and Gilmour, the members of INXS and the estate of Michael Hutchence, I not only refute Mr. Thomas’ claims but would like to file for a restraining order against him. His attempt to associate my clients’ work with his brand of Mom Rock clearly paints him as deranged.

Is there a plagiarist in the matchbox?

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