Musical coincidences # 32

October 31, 2009

Here’s a well-known Elvis Costello song:

Elvis Costello And The Attractions – “Pump It Up (1978)


“Pump It Up” appeared on Costello’s second album, This Year’s Model (1978), an album I’ve already raved about.

The song may or may not be about, shall we say, onanistic endeavours, but one thing is for certain: the main riff has been stolen by at least two other artists that I know of – and none-too-subtly, either.

The first is “Wild, Wild West” by The Escape Club, a long-forgotten band who, in the late 80’s, were being heralded as the Next Big Thing in rock:

The Escape Club – “Wild, Wild West (1988)


But the most blatant rip-off of “Pump It Up” is a song called “Voodoo Child” by English/Australian techno riff-nicking outfit Rogue Traders:

Rogue Traders – “Voodoo Child (2005)


I know that the Rogue Traders fully acknowledged the lift (and gave Costello a co-writing credit), but that doesn’t make it alright. Some things are just plain unacceptable.