And Her Autobiography Practically Plagiarizes “Annie,” Too, but No One Seems to Care about That

You’d think that a story involving two acts you don’t care about would somehow be even less interesting than each individual act alone, like how, if The Black Crows elicit a “-2” on the B.’s Scale of Interest and Gretchen Wilson is also a “-2,” that together, they must form a “-4” of interest from me, almost at the point where I am physically unable to actually pay attention to them.

And yet, thanks to the fine folks over at The 9513, I’ve spent my lunch hour trying to decide if the Black Crows have any grounds to sue Wilson.

Yes, I’ll admit that the songs sound the same.

See Black Crows here:

and Gretchen Wilson here:

But can’t we just agree that both songs kind of suck and that the best defense Wilson has is that, even though she, like me, surely heard “Jealous Again” eight million times fifteen years ago, when it was playing on every radio in every car in the land, it is actually so bland and nondescript as far as songs go that there’s no possible way it could have stuck in her head long enough for her to plagiarize it?

But the thing that cracks me up is how quick the Black Crows are to sue, as if they didn’t luck out that the Stones never made an issue of how closely their song resembles this:


Which reminds me that I keep meaning to force Supermousy to watch this video and this video back to back and tell me those aren’t the same song.


16 thoughts on “And Her Autobiography Practically Plagiarizes “Annie,” Too, but No One Seems to Care about That

  1. John Rich strikes again, huh? But still, they’re suing? Please. Just have the original songwriter put on the list as a co-writer and be done with it.

  2. well, ya have to give props to the Robinson brothers – at least when they stole, they stole from the best.

    (Of course, the Stones stole from the bluesmen from the MS Delta…. and so it goes… )

  3. What can we say? Any region that can produce a man with a “I’m already sliding my hands around your waist” voice like Muddy Waters earns straight women’s undying loyalty.

  4. Mack, I’m from North MS – now, this is not the “cool” north MS as in the Delta – because that is a “whole other country” — but, still…

    Actually, I’m from Mississippi Elvis country – I know many of his cousins and actually my Mom’s first cousins used to laugh at that kid when he’d bring his geee-tar to school.

    But I digress….

    I am a HUGE>/b> Stones fan – so, yes – me TOO

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  6. Rich is less of a boil than Kix Brooks,* though, having a lot more talent. And I think that Mack is complaining about the concept of musical theft, not about the Stones.

    *I compare them only because up until now in country music it’s mostly been Brooks who has read one book and then bloviates uninformed right-wing political nonsense ever after.

  7. Mack is complaining about the concept of musical theft, not about the Stones.

    Indeed. Though I will happily take on the Stones as well, on behalf of Puerto Rican girls everywhere…

  8. Well, you see, this leads us to a problem. Because when you write “Beth … you too?” you seem to be lumping Beth in with B and me with reference to talking about musical theft, and I’m cool with that. But when you try to stretch the boundaries of “you too” to lump Beth in with B and me with reference to being a Rolling Stones fan, you suggest that I — I — am a Stones fan. And that besmirches my honor. On behalf of all sorts of girls of every race, religion, and national origin everywhere, plus their having turned themselves into jokes.

  9. But Jim! I’m one of those man-hating feminists. I might just dislike the song because of my deep-seated hatred of the penises of the performers. Don’t take my word for it. Experience the sucktitude for yourself.

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