New Cyzo: Orange Range Pakuri


In the new Cyzo, there’s a story called 「〈オレンジレンジ〉今月もパクリ疑惑を徹底検証」— “Orange Range: This month we again thoroughly examine the suspicion of pakuri (melodic-theft)” — in which the writer compares melodies from Orange Range songs with those from older hits. There’s a lot of “pakuri” in the world of J-Pop and Japanese indies, and question is whether no one particularly cares about stealing melodies or whether it’s a tolerated evil. Seeing that Cyzo is one of the few magazines that “tells it like it is.” I would proffer the idea that at least the Japanese educated classes don’t think so highly of the practice.

W. David MARX (Marxy)
March 23, 2005

Marxy wrote a lot of essays back on his old site Néomarxisme. This is one of them.

5 Responses

  1. Brad Says:

    I just picked up this issue today and read that article and was going to ask you if you had seen it.

  2. marksound Says:

    I would be interested to know who Orange Range have got the melodies from. I’d be even more interested in sharing this info with some people I know.

  3. marxy Says:

    Brad, if you have the issue, can you write the three examples? I just read the issue in Tsutaya.

  4. Tom Says:

    I don’t think it’s really a big deal… All the old rock & roll and blues artists got their music from somewhere else [mainly “black” radio and the blues played there in the 1950’s] people like elvis, eric clapton, the rolling stones, and led zepplin got alot of their songs like this. They admit it and yet no ones cares.

  5. marxy Says:

    At least in the US/UK, you’re not supposed to do it, especially when pop music moved away from a White pastiche of Black music. In Japan, it’s systematic, and I wouldn’t dismiss it too easily until you’ve heard examples of it. A good example would be, is it cool if Sebadoh started ripping off Tears for Fears note by note?