Taylor Swift vs. Right Said Fred

On Songwriting

The row over “plagiarism” gets sillier with each passing month. I remain in a state of high dudgeon about the Robin Thicke/Marvin Gaye case, and today sees a fresh bout of insanity, which sees Taylor Swift crediting – of all people – Right Said Fred for part of the chorus of her latest song.

See if you can spot the chorus of I’m Too Sexy in here.

What’s that? You can’t? That’s because you have a functioning pair of ears. The passage in question is the chorus, which is a sort of chanty, more-rhythm-than-melody bit of doggerel along the lines of ‘the goose drank wine’ section of Hey Mickey.

By that, I mean it has a playground sort of feel to it: it’s the sort of thing that kids would sing while dancing around a tree. I’m not putting that down as a means of expression at all – those…

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