Lavigne vs. Rubinoos

AH HA HA HA HA.

Didja hear 70s pop band the Rubinoos are suing Avril Lavigne over similarities between their “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” and her “Girlfriend”?

You should take a listen to their original.

Go because it’s a pleasant, dense power-pop song. Stay because Lavigne’s is so similar as to be a parody.

Now, I know with the skillion songs in the world at this point, and the narrow parameters of popular music, complaining that one song is like another is sort of like complaining how many movies have the plot of She’s All That (they got together on a dare! But then he really likes her! But then she found out it was a dare!) or the premise of Fight Club/Secret Window/Identity/Hide and Seek/American Haunting/Number 23 (person tormented by a mysterious stranger who is revealed to be… HIMSELF!)

And the popular music necessitates, nay THRIVES ON, borrowing and reinventing itself. That’s why we have jazz, Christmas albums, and the Great American Songbook.

But these two are ALIKE. A LOT.

Because “Ghostbusters” may be like “I Want a New Drug,” and “Caribbean Queen” may be like “Billie Jean,” but they’re at least different enough in lyrical content as to give it the flesh of a different song.

Enough of my opinion. Here’s the evidence. What do you think?

LYRICS

I WANNA BE YOUR BOYFRIEND

Hey (hey!) You (you!) I wanna be your boyfriend!
Trying to say I wanna be your number one
Hey (hey!) You (you!) I wanna be your boyfriend!
Gonna make you love me before I’m done

Sitting here so close, together
So far we’re just friends, but I’m wondering whether
I, am I just imagining
You, or do you really have a thing for me
Like I think I see when I see you smile
And the smile’s for me, I wanna tell you…

Late at night when I, when I can’t sleep
Picture in my mind, I see you and me
I, I’m telling you what I wanna be
You, you’re saying you’re in love with me
And oh, it feels so good in a dream
That I know in life it’s just got to be
I wanna tell you……

[Bridge:]
Gonna make you love me, yeah I’m
Gonna make you love me, yeah I’m
Gonna make you love me, before I’m done

(c) T.V.Dunbar
& J.W.Gangwer

GIRLFRIEND

Hey (hey!) You (you!) I don’t like your girlfriend!
No way! No way! I think you need a new one
Hey (hey!) You (you!) I could be your girlfriend

You’re so fine
I want you mine
You’re so delicious
I think about ya all the time
You’re so addictive
Don’t you know what I could do to make you feel alright?
Don’t pretend I think you know I’m damn precious
And Hell Yeah
I’m the motherfucking princess
I can tell you like me too and you know I’m right

[Bridge: Sounds more alike than the words indicate]
She’s like so whatever
And you could do so much better
I think we should get together now
And that’s what everyone’s talking about!

(c) I Have No Crappin’ Idea

Tory

Draws. Sweats. Eats too much sugar-free candy.

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