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IT'S YOUR LETTERS!
Dear Mr Roberts,
I am writing to you in your capacity as Neil Young’s manager to inform you (if you are not already aware) of possible plagiarism of the Neil Young song Only Love Can Break Your Heart by a British band called The Leisure Society. The offending track is called The Last of the Melting Snow, and you can hear it at their MySpace, www.myspace.com/theleisuresociety.
The main chord progression from Only Love Can Break Your Heart, at the same tempo as it is played in that song (and indeed with other similarities, but I have neither the musical knowledge nor language to describe them), can first be heard fairly early on, about 12 seconds in. It is then used repeatedly throughout the rest of the song, arguably forming the basis of it.
As a fan of Neil’s work, but even more so as a fan of music in general, I simply find this offensive, especially since The Last of the Melting Snow was recently named as one of three nominees for the – supposedly prestigious – Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically (although it ultimately lost out to Elbow’s One Day Like This). Indeed, it is this recognition the band have received which I think I find most aggravating, and ultimately the reason I have chosen to write this letter.
If you are already aware of this, The Leisure Society have permission to sample Neil’s music or you simply don’t care, I apologise for wasting your time, and thank you for it regardless.