Too similar to Stana?

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Too similar to Stana?

Postby Brandinian » Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:27 am

Hey guys,

So I am in a two man comedy band, and we are slowly but surely making a name for ourselves by playing bunches of comedy clubs and winning competitions, doing tapings for Comcast comedy, and what not. Like six or so months ago we wrote a song called "Gaycula" which is a generic western tale about Dracula's gay brother. Now, I had seen Flight of the Conchords in concert and heard Stana which is where I got the inspiration for my song. The riff that is used on the guitar is a generic country/western old timey storytelling riff. When we wrote it, I did not really remember how Stana went, having only seen it live one time. However, having listened to both songs, I am afraid that ours might be too similar and we will be accused of plagarism or something, which is not at all the case. The melodies and lyrics and subjects are completely different, it's just that structurally they are the same, and share the same riff. The majority of people that have heard both don't think that they sound that similar and they think that we're fine, but I just wanted to post it on a Conchords site to see what you guys thought. I'm really afraid that we may have borrowed a bit from their subconsciously, but I don't want it to appear that it's anything more than coincidental, you know? Let me know what you think, you'd be a big help. We've been playing the song frequently and it's been extremely well received so I don't want to have to change it, but we also don't want anyone thinking we are thieves.

Our song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwbJgyOybhU
Theirs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsMnIvJ8 ... re=related
"I get ridiculed all the time. 'Ah, hey! Gingerballs!' you know. It's not just you Bret, it's all the time, and it's not just gingerballs, you know? I get umm.. 'Oh, what are you on your way to the dick meeting?'"

Check out my two man comedy band 'Sponsored By Poverty': http://www.myspace.com/sbpmd & http://www.soundclick.com/sponsoredbypoverty
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Re: Too similar to Stana?

Postby Venus » Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:34 am

I just moved this topic to the 'Your Stuff' sub-forum in the 'Fun & Games & Bret & Jemaine' section. :)
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Re: Too similar to Stana?

Postby Brandinian » Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:40 am

Alrighty, I wasn't sure where to put it so thanks!
"I get ridiculed all the time. 'Ah, hey! Gingerballs!' you know. It's not just you Bret, it's all the time, and it's not just gingerballs, you know? I get umm.. 'Oh, what are you on your way to the dick meeting?'"

Check out my two man comedy band 'Sponsored By Poverty': http://www.myspace.com/sbpmd & http://www.soundclick.com/sponsoredbypoverty
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Re: Too similar to Stana?

Postby mohumbhai mania » Wed Apr 07, 2010 2:37 am

I would tweak it a little.

Sure, it's a talking Western blues, and that style really doesn't belong to anyone, but you could throw in some fillips that the Conchords didn't. Maybe some cheesy but wonderful Marty Robbins mariachi licks or something. You can keep the feel but maybe put some different things in there.
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Re: Too similar to Stana?

Postby Nancy » Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:29 pm

Hey Brandinian. I think it's really similar to Stana now, but as MM said with some tweaking you could keep the integrity of what you wrote intact. I would cut the oo-oo-oo-oo-oo (a la Good Bad and Ugly) after the first verse, since that rings Stana loud and clear.

In the video, which guy are you? You both seem to have good comic sense and musical ability, which should take you far. What's your band's name and where in NYC do you frequent? WTF members near the city are always looking for an excuse to meet up in the city.
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Re: Too similar to Stana?

Postby Brandinian » Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:06 pm

Thanks for the feedback guys. Looks like we'll cut the Good Bad and Ugly bit, and try to change it up a bit more from the Conchords. When I went back and listened to Stana I was like crap! The Conchords are a huge influence for us and we wouldn't want to be accused of plagiarizing them in any way.

Nancy, we're called Sponsored By Poverty. I am the bigger one in the plaid shirt. We've played Caroline's before in New York, and we have an invitation to come back, so we should be doing that this summer. Also, we've been invited to New York Stand Up as well, so we're going there, and Gotham Comedy Club. Other than that, we've played at my University in New York, and opens mics. I'll post any shows we have upcoming on here. If you dig the Conchords, you'll more than likely dig us live.

Thanks for listening all!
"I get ridiculed all the time. 'Ah, hey! Gingerballs!' you know. It's not just you Bret, it's all the time, and it's not just gingerballs, you know? I get umm.. 'Oh, what are you on your way to the dick meeting?'"

Check out my two man comedy band 'Sponsored By Poverty': http://www.myspace.com/sbpmd & http://www.soundclick.com/sponsoredbypoverty
Yes Bret and Jemaine, we will glady open for you.

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Re: Too similar to Stana?

Postby mohumbhai mania » Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:48 pm

Thanks for taking it in the spirit it was intended.

I had another thought, you could do it like one of Jerry Reed's funny talking blues - speed it up and have a kind of wry tone.
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