Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Jon Batiste Borrows From Howard Jones

Jon Batiste, the Stay Human band leader on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, has - I believe - borrowed from Howard Jones.  Each time I hear The Late Show's theme song Humanism, the chord progression and rhythm at the end of the song strongly resembles Howard Jones song Things Can Only Get Better.

Don't believe me?  Listen to Things Can Only Get Better, starting at 1:07 mark,

Then, listen to Humanism, starting at the 45 second mark,


Borrowing part of a song is no rare thing.  Rush borrowed the bass line in  Enemy Within  from Blue Oyster Cult's Don't Fear The Reaper.  And Led Zeppelin "borrowed" entire tracks from other artists, usually uncredited (don't get me started...)

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