The late great Marvin Gaye singing "Got to Give It Up"
Congratulations to the late Marvin Gaye's children Nona, Frankie and Marvin II who won their lawsuit against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke over the song "Blurred Lines".
When I first heard a few bars of "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke I knew he was ripping off Marvin Gaye. It was way to obvious. Then I got even more suspicious when Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke hired a lawyer early on to preemptively sue the Gaye estate to prove they didn't steal from "Got to Give It Up". That was a bad move.
I remember when "Got to Give It Up" first dropped in 1977. It was so far ahead of it's time, there was no other song like it. The beat was infectious and the lyrics were fresh. I don't care where you were but when the dj played this song EVERYONE got up and danced the entire eleven minutes of parts one and two. It still has that same effect today. Throw this song on and I'm out of my seat dancing. It sounds just as good today as it did then.
All the people listening to "Blurred Lines" last year making it best song of 2014 probably don't know anything about Marvin Gaye or his music so they are conent to listening to rehashed music, lifted or borrowed from someone else. Pharrell and Robin Thicke wanted everyone to think they created something new when they were clearly ripping off Marvin Gaye.
In court, Robin Thicke claimed he had very little to do with the creative process (says he was high on alcohol and painkillers while in the studio?) while Pharrell said he listened to Marvin Gaye growing up and was channeling that late 70s feeling. No it wasn't channeling, it was stealing. That's like peeing on someone's head and telling them its rain.
As hard as he tries I would never mention Robin Thicke in the same sentence as Marvin Gaye. Marvin's essence, style and soulfulness cannot be duplicated. Too bad Pharrell and Robin Thick had to learn the hard way.
I doubt this is the first time Pharrell has lifted a tune from another artist. He either sped it up or slowed it down, but he copied.