Could This Lead to a Music War Between Canada and Iceland?

Richard has some very sharp ears.  He points out a problem that could have international ramifications.

First, consider this Eurovision entry from Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson of Iceland called “Ég á líf: Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins” (I think).  Anyway, it’s up to the semifinals of some sort.  In other words, it’s a serious contender.

Now have a listen to “I Am a Cow” by Canada’s Arrogant Worms.

And just to illustrate things more clearly, here’s a mash-up of the two songs.

Oh, dear…

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Could This Lead to a Music War Between Canada and Iceland?

  • February 15, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Believe it or not, the Icelandic performing right society has issued a statement saying they hear so similarities whatsoever between the two songs. Amazing! (I've often suspected that some performing rights organizations have lawyers and accountants (as well they should), but no musicians with ears…)

  • February 16, 2013 at 11:04 am

    It all sounds like Pachelbel's Canon in D to me.


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