JAMES NOT STOPPING IN TRACKS
James Reyne has revealed a well-known rock star wanted to buy the rights to the Australian Crawl song Unpublished Critics, purely to try to sue Guns N` Roses.
The 1981 Crawl song was in the news earlier this year for its similarity to Guns N` Roses’ 1988 hit, Sweet Child O’Mine.
This isn’t the first time people have noticed similarities between the songs. Reyne won’t name one high-profile musician who believes he has a case worth pursuing.
“People have told me for years ’gosh it sounds similar’,” Reyne says.
“In fact a very well-known rock ’n’ roll star offered recently to buy the rights to Unpublished Critics because he was going to go and sue Guns N` Roses”.
The Crawl frontman can hear similarities, but isn’t likely to pursue legal action. But he won’t stop anyone who may want to take it further.
“I mean the chords are exactly the same, but the chords are exactly the same on a lot of songs,” he says.
Reyne doesn’t spend much time thinking about it – he’s too busy bagging reality TV shows.
“There’s a lot of young people who come out of these so-called music television shows and turn up at places with an entourage. I think, ‘Oh you sweet little thing, can’t you drive yourself?’,” he says.
He puts this behaviour down to too much “earnestness” in the music business.
Reyne is on the road again, touring hits from his solo career and his time with Crawl.
He’s nearly four decades in the business, but it seems there’s just no stopping Reyne.
As far as he’s concerned, he’s got better with age.
“I know I’m a better songwriter, I’m a better singer, now. When I was younger I wouldn’t have called myself a singer, it was sort of barely controlled yelling,” he says.
“I feel in a good spot.”