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The Kinks vs. Green Day – Ripped Off Riffs #7

Written by: Adrian Garro

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Green Day hasn’t ever been considered the most “original” of bands…they’ve already appeared in our Ripped-Off Riffs category, for example. The title track to the band’s 2000 album, Warning, features almost the exact same intro riff, rhythm, and chord progressions as the Kinks’ tune, from their 1968 album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society. The similarity helps support the ideas that “nothing is original anymore” or “every riff has already been written”, but regardless of your stance on the issue of songwriting integrity, it certainly does seem more like Green Day’s tip of the cap to the Kinks than anything else.

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