The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty, and a Faulty Comparison

June 8, 2006

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have released a song that sounds remarkably like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. A radio station played the Chili Peppers' “Dani California” at the same time as Tom Petty's “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” to demonstrate the songs' strikingly similar chord progressions and rhythms.

While the comparison between the two songs may not be faulty, the first sentence contains a grammatical faulty comparison. It is not logical to compare a song to a band. Songs should be compared to songs.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have released a song that sounds remarkably like one by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. A radio station played the Chili Peppers' “Dani California” at the same time as Tom Petty's “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” to demonstrate the songs' strikingly similar chord progressions and rhythms.

The sentence compares "a song" to "one by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers." This comparison is logical. The sentence is correct.

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5 Responses to “The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty, and a Faulty Comparison”

  1. gr8magi Says:

    who the hell cares

  2. the dude Says:

    whatta ya mean who the hell cares!!!!!???? I fucking care! I like the RHCP, but this comparison is simply embarrasing for a group of their status. its getting harder to be original cause so much has been done already, but at least don’t make it sound so obviously the same….there’s already so much shitty, empty, brain damaging music out there, its a fucking shame how low we got over the past let’s say 60 years. AAAAh, I’m working myself into a frenzy again here, I’m going……peace out!

  3. Kelley Eidem Says:

    Dont care at all for the singing group, but the peppers saved my life.

    I cured myself of my own Stage 4 cancer in two weeks…nine years ago.

    I used hot peppers, garlic and cod liver oil.

  4. John Diederik Laurie Says:

    As the post mentions, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers is a band. Therefore the sentence should read: “The Red Hot Chilli Peppers HAS released a song that sounds remarkably like one by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.”
    I am available for editing work e.g. via Odesk.com and I will receive the follow-up comments to this comment.


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