The Scoop: Earlier this week we brought you a story of the Daily Mirror reporting that Def Leppard could potentially be suing One Direction over similarities between their song “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and 1D’s recently released single “Midnight Memories.”
Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell, guitarists for Def Leppard, have confirmed to Billboard that they will not be taking legal action against the boys in 1D. You can check out what they had to say below.
“The chords are one-four-five,” Campbell tells Billboard. “Those are the blues. You don’t get more basic than that. I think what’s more reminiscent of the Leppard thing is the production, the sound, the vocals, the reverb and the way it’s assembled.”
“That is very flattering that all of a sudden these kids think it’s a cool sound. I think a lot of people of their generation aren’t going to connect their music to ours.”
But this isn’t a matter like, say, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” vs. Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up,” according to Collen.
“That’s different,” he says. “In fact it’s got the mayonnaise jar and people hooting in the background which Marvin Gaye had. I don’t see that you can do that. The One Direction one is very similar in structure, but it’s all good.”
The Spin: While the songs do seem somewhat similar, Collen and Campbell do have a point in regards to the overall basic nature of the song structures.
So that’s it. No climactic debacle between two powerhouse outfits of two entirely separate generations. Live and let live, I suppose.
The Question: What do you think of Def Leppard’s choice to avoid legal action? Do you think it’s the right move? Let us know in the comments below!