There were four young and energetic lads (especially that drummer
, wow!) who used to really get the Mods out on the dance floor over in London town, circa 1964. Called themselves The High Numbers
. It must be said
, though, these blokes weren't above
a little bald-faced plagiarism
now and again. Well, anyway, a little later they changed their name
, and got kinda famous
As mentioned in the Funky 16 Corners link, the flip side to the High Numbers' "Zoot Suit" (ripoff of the Dynamics' "Misery") was also
a straight up case of plagiarism! The HN's "I'm the Face
" (here with video scenes from "Jaws"...) was lifted wholesale from Slim Harpo's "Got Love If You Want It
" (performed here by a young YouTuber in his bedroom). In both cases, the HN versions kept the characteristic guitar and harmonica riffs (respectively) of the originals, kept the forms, the melodies, everything: just slapped new lyrics on 'em and called 'em their own! Easy-peasy-on-your-kneesy! Don't know if there was ever any litigation or settlements or anything... but I guess the old saying is true: Behind every fortune, there's a crime!
BTW, those of you who didn't bother clicking on all the later Who links in this thread (perhaps you've "heard it all") please note: one of them, live in France, features them doing none other than "Barbara Ann" by the Beach Boys! Now that was news to me. And they do some pretty respectable 4-part harmonizing, with Keith Moon taking care of the falsetto stylings! Unexpected!
Well, it's getting late. Let's close this out with Slim Harpo's familiar classic, Baby Scratch My Back
. Mmmm, feels so good.