A few days ago, ’90s rocker Courtney Love accused Olivia Rodrigo of copying the imagery from her band Hole’s album Live Through This; Love seemed pretty upset about it. But when a fan accused Olivia of ripping off a song by Elvis Costello, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer took it in stride.
On Twitter, a fan tweeted a link to a story about the Olivia/Courtney controversy, and wrote, “No s**t. First song on the album is a pretty much direct lift from Elvis Costello.” The fan was referring to Olivia’s song “brutal,” which features an opening chord sequence that’s very similar to the keyboard part in the beginning of Costello’s 1978 song, “Pump It Up.”
But Costello himself replied to the fan, explaining that popular music itself is derivative.
“This is fine by me, Billy. It’s how rock and roll works,” Costello wrote. “You take the broken pieces of another thrill and make a brand new toy. That’s what I did.”
Costello then added hashtags of the names of two classic tunes that he confesses to “lifting” from while writing “Pump It Up” — Bob Dylan‘s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” and Chuck Berry’s “Too Much Monkey Business.”
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