If there’s one evening show that got me hooked on television, it would be ABS-CBN’s Pinoy Big Brother. I’m not going to talk about the show, because if you live anywhere in the Philippines, and if you’re a Pinoy living abroad with TFC, I know you know what I’m talking about.
I’m going to talk about their hit song “Pinoy Ako”. I’m not a fan of bands — oh well, there are some that I like. Side A, because I grew up with them. South Border, because of their RnB/Jazzy sound. Barbie and Kitchie Nadal, not only because both are cute, but also both are great Christian artists that are fast becoming good examples for the youth (I don’t really like the “rock” sound, but because of United Live, I’ve come to appreciate it).
Orange and Lemons, on the other hand, is a newbie band. “Pinoy Ako” became their instant ship to stardom. Why not? The song is really good. It can pass as a national anthem. It makes you proud as a Filipino inspite of the shameful things that are happening in the country today. As the chorus goes:
Ipakita sa mundo
Kung ano ang kaya mo
Ibang-iba ang pinoy
Wag kang matatakot
Ipagmalaki mo pinoy ako
On the other hand, there’s a controversy going on right now. Orange and Lemons are being accused of ripping off — that is, copying the song from a British new wave band, The Care. I’ve stumbled upon this blog entry.
Download the files and evaluate for your self. Here’s mine.
Chord patterns – almost a copy
Drum beats – almost the same, the only difference is that The Care’s drum progression is new wavish — oh well, they’re a New Wave band.
Overall accompaniment – konti lang ang similarity. Orange and Lemon’s version is “accoustic” while The Care’s is, as I mentioned, New Wave.
Stanzas’ melodies – very similar.
Chorus – very different
Coda – similar
After hearing both songs, I’m really tempted to *judge* the pinoy group for copying the song.
On the other hand, in my opinion, artists do get inspirations from other artists, especially from popular ones. In this case, the composer of “Pinoy Ako” consciously or unconsiously patterned the melody of the stanzas to that of The Care’s. BUT, the chorus is completely different. I think, and this is just me, that made the difference. What people really remember on most songs is the chorus. It’s like the heart and soul of every song.
I’m not a music expert. There may be some visitors here that qualify as such. You can probably share with us your expert’s opinion. As far as I’m concerned, Orange and Lemons did a great job with their interpretation, the composer of the song might have slipped one way or the other, but all in all, the song is a blessing to the Filipinos.
What say you?