Avril Lavigne is slap-bang in the middle of the biggest critical thumping of her life at the moment, thanks to The Rubinoos claiming that one of their songs was stolen by Avril Lavigne for her super annoyo-hit Girlfriend – but that's not the end.
Because now it seems as if Avril Lavigne has been borrowing bits of other songs to use as her own, also. Following the claim by The Rubinoos that the "Hey! Hey! You! You!" hook from Avril's Girlfriend was stolen from the "Hey! Hey! You! You!" hook from their I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend, it's now emerged that Avril Lavigne's I Don't Have To Try seems to be a carbon copy of I'm The Kinda by bearded sex-kraken Peaches. Avril Lavigne has yet to respond to this new ripping-off claim, but the question remains – if Avril Lavigne does keep ripping off other people's songs, then why can't she make any of them sound any good?
Up until last week, nobody had really heard of The Rubinoos, and those that had were probably scared off by the genuinely awful artwork for their Twist Pop Sin album on iTunes, but thanks to all the flap about how much their song I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend sounds like Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne, The Rubinoos are now bigger than The Beatles, Beethoven and Jesus Christ combined.
The plagiarism fuss over Girlfriend has got so out of control that Avril Lavigne herself was forced to briefly stop gobbing spittle at photographers and drinking excessively to jump on her computer and rattle off a quick denial that she'd ever ripped anyone off, adding that she'd never even heard of The Rubinoos, let alone I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend. However, that's not something that Avril Lavigne can really say about I'm The Kinda, a track from Peaches' 2003 album Fatherfucker, especially since July's issue of InStyle magazine sees Avril naming it as one of her five favourite songs. But then, anyone who owns Avril Lavigne's album The Best Damn Thing knew that anyway, since her song I Don't Have To Try is more or less identical. Canada.com reports:
Just days after an American group filed a lawsuit against her, Avril Lavigne is again being accused of ripping off a song. The opening of “I Don’t Have to Try” from Lavigne’s latest CD, The Best Damn Thing, is being compared to a portion of “I’m The Kinda” by Canadian artist Peaches on some blogs and on YouTube. "It's just utter rubbish," says Terry McBride, president of Nettwerk Music Group, Lavigne's Vancouver-based management company. "I'm quite sure the beats are different."
Oh, different, huh? It just so happens that YouTube has gone crazy with videos comparing I Don't Have To Try by Avril Lavigne to I'm The Kinda by Peaches. Look, here's one now…
While it looks like Peaches isn't going to follow The Rubinoos into suing Avril Lavigne, this new plagiarism claim is the last thing she needs at the moment – and it'll only get worse on Friday when the world finally discovers the similarities between Avril Lavigne's Sk8ter Boi and Jewish Piyyut Shoshanet Ya'akov.