Glee Rips off Jonathan Coulton?

2013-01-19 by Jom STAFF | 33 Comments
Singer/songwriter/Internet superstar Jonathan Coulton's version of "Baby Got Back" appears to have been shamelessly ripped off by those lovely folks on Fox's Glee, where high schoolers are played by a bunch of 30-somethings and butcher songs when they're not boning each other.

Jane Lynch is a badass, though.

Anyway, according to Coulton's Twitter, he was never contacted by Fox and contends that the backing track is not an original Glee recording, but the one he created when he covered the song.

The side-by-side comparison, posted by reddit user suudo, is nutty (left channel is Coulton's, the right channel is Glee's):

https://soundcloud.com/suudo/joco-vs-glee-baby-got-back

What seems particularly damning about the Glee version is that it includes Coulton's lyrical edit "Johnny C's in trouble", which he inserted into his cover (rather than "Mix-a-Lot's in trouble").

While it is possible that Glee completely re-recorded the track, right down to the BPM, the instruments are nevertheless uncannily similar. There is also some discussion as to whether or not Glee attempted to equalize Coulton's signature "quack" sound in their version.

Because Coulton has a Creative Commons non-commercial license, he may be entitled to compensation if it's proven that Glee basically ripped off the karaoke version of his song and slapped some new vocals over it.

Coulton's version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCWaN_Tc5wo

Glee's version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yww4BLjReEk

Coulton's tweet and blog post: https://twitter.com/jonathancoulton/status/292304798999539712

http://www.jonathancoulton.com/2013/01/18/baby-got-back-and-glee/

Tagged: Jonathan Coulton

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TrstN01
January 18th 2013
800 Comments


My friends on facebook have been complaining about this all day.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 18th 2013
51325 Comments


Glee is cancer

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demigod!
January 18th 2013
47003 Comments


i can't stand Jane Lynch, she just bugs me in everything.

bach
January 18th 2013
13793 Comments


Nice dig, treb.

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ConcubinaryCode
January 18th 2013
2364 Comments


I don't see the problem?

paxman
January 18th 2013
4084 Comments


Shut up, James, you sack of wine

Also, would tottaly bang trebor's profile pic

LifeAsAChipmunk
January 18th 2013
4854 Comments


glee sucks

MisterTornado
January 18th 2013
4507 Comments


thought it said john coltrane and was like AW HELL NAH

zaruyache
January 18th 2013
8654 Comments


Joco's version was better, too.

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SCREAMorphine
January 18th 2013
1766 Comments


Ughh Glee..

Vespiion
January 18th 2013
1222 Comments


Celebrate spring with a crazy little thing called fucking outside

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zaruyache
January 18th 2013
8654 Comments


May first isn't for another three months, though!

Vespiion
January 18th 2013
1222 Comments


My girlfriend loves Glee and Coulton, so I think this made her head explode.

foxblood
January 18th 2013
6797 Comments


i can't stand Jane Lynch, she just bugs me in everything.


have you seen Party Down? seems like you'd love that show, plus it's her best role

North0House2
January 18th 2013
5910 Comments


https://soundcloud.com/alacrion/joco-v-glee


TOTAL rip off.


Article made me lol though.

ThePac
January 18th 2013
219 Comments


yeah you can't really get any more blatant than this, how did they think they'd get away with it lol



RosaParks
January 18th 2013
15877 Comments


who cares blah blah glee is probably the only show on television worse than the big bang theory yea

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ThePac
January 18th 2013
219 Comments


true that

TRMshadow
January 18th 2013
4982 Comments


Just now really getting into JoCo. I don't think anything will come of it, but I atleast hope glee at apologizes or something, to the both of them not just JoCo.

Recspecs
January 19th 2013
9867 Comments


Jane Lynch is awesome in Role Models.

iSkane
January 19th 2013
861 Comments


Jane Lynch is also pretty awesome in Party Down (check it out.) But seriously, Glee sucks fat cocks. This and that whole thing with Dave Grohl a while ago. God damn.

henryChinaski
January 19th 2013
3090 Comments


So he's an internet superstar?

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DatsNotDaMetulz
January 19th 2013
2013 Comments


If Glee is the only show worse than TBBT in America then I envy American TV. Cos we have "The Only Way is Essex", "Geordie Shore", "Made In Chelsea", and bs like that.

wait you have those too. I think I can forgive you for mentally blocking those shows out of your memory.

cpimentel986
January 19th 2013
82 Comments


Yes, it was as blatant as it was unnecessary. Yet i've no trouble to say i like the show. I can't say i'm a fan of every actor (even most of them) in it or the vocal performances, other than the comedic chops of Ms Lynch & Chris Colfer's singing.

But yeah, Ryan Murphy should pay the fine.



ZoneOut
January 19th 2013
23 Comments


It's so weird how Ryan Murphy created Glee, then created American Horror Story

SadAndHolyGlow
January 19th 2013
1563 Comments


Hmmmmm.....

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ThePac
January 19th 2013
219 Comments


its pop culture snox, welcome to the 21st century

synysterdjs
January 19th 2013
102 Comments


That's facking guy.

Sanders
January 19th 2013
2378 Comments


Jom you need to write more articles/reviews/anything

fromtheinside
January 19th 2013
19963 Comments


glee has been spiraling out of control as of late

wakeupdead
January 19th 2013
2222 Comments


So not only can Glee not write songs, they have to rip off covers of songs too?

demigod!
January 19th 2013
47003 Comments


its rly bad

SmokingTheClouds
January 21st 2013
639 Comments


This article. lmao.



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