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January 18
2013

Jonathan Coulton Is On Glee! (In A Way…)

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jocoOh dear. Glee is known for its covers of popular tunes, sometimes doing them straight, and sometimes transforming them into something completely new and unusual (with varying degrees of sucess). But this time, their transformation of Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s classic “Baby Got Back” sounds eerily familiar… And let’s just say that geek music icon Jonathan Coulton isn’t what you’d call happy about it!


Seriously, all you have to do is listen to 30 seconds of each one and you can tell that they completely ripped off his entire arrangement, phrasing and beat. But what I found extra-hilarious is that in Jonathan Coulton’s version, he namechecks himself, changing “Mix-A-Lot” to “Johnny C.” And when you get to that point in the Glee rip-off cover, they still say “Johnny C!” Oops!

Check out both versions here and you’ll see what I mean. Hopefully Jonathan Coulton will receive a nice settlement for this one!

I’ve Heard That Somewhere: ‘Glee’ Covers ‘Baby Got Back,’ And It Sounds… Familiar [NPR]

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About Chris Eades

(Writer) I love Animal Crossing, music games (even though I can't sing or play instruments) and adventure games. And the occasional 40+ hr JRPG when I can find the time! I live in Brooklyn, NY with my husband and our hamster, Ch'p.

4 Responses

  1. avatar Blackjack says:

    As if I needed another reason to dislike Glee.

  2. avatar Sach says:

    Originality isn’t something anyone expects from Glee anymore, (or ever,) but not crediting an artist for their arrangement? Bad form, Glee.

  3. avatar Savvy says:

    That is pretty bad form, agreed, they should definitely credit the artist. Many of Glee’s “new arrangements” are actually just covers of covers to begin with, so that’s nothing new for them, but you’d think they’d at least get the permission.

  4. avatar Ashley says:

    Leave it to Ryan Murphy to mess up one more thing. Isn’t he in charge of music now?

    They really need to credit the guy. JC has some really great and enjoyable stuff. And they honestly could at least pay someone not on some major label, instead of simply stealing.

    That, and the whole LETS BREAK UP THE GAY COUPLES THIS WILL BE AMAZING CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT RIGHT GUYS DECREASE VISIBILITY A BIT MORE YEAH!

    Yeah, I’m glad I don’t watch Glee anymore.:P

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