It’s a good thing YouTube didn’t exist back in the day or the folk movement may have never happened. Chatter has started around the Internet about the similarities between Bruce Springsteen’s new song “Outlaw Pete” and the Kiss hit “I Was Made For Loving You,” after a YouTube user posted a video comparing the two. It’s the whole Coldplay/Satriani/Creaky Boards controversy all over again.
In the video, the repeating main riff and melody of Bruce’s ode to an Appalachian-born outlaw is strikingly similar to Kiss’s stadium anthem. However, the two songs don’t meld together very well when they are overlapped, as opposed to when Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” was overlapped with Joe Satriani’s “If I Could Fly,” it basically sounded like the band had added The Satch’s guitar solo to the song.
Another user has posted a video pretending to be Gene Simmons attacking The Boss for plagiarism and threatening a lawsuit, but we’ll have to wait and see if the real Simmons, or any other members of Kiss, are offended by Springsteen’s possible borrowing of their melody.
Something tells me we’ll be hearing from Gene Simmons on the subject. Until then, check out the video and judge for yourself by clicking here.
(Link via The Daily Swarm)