First mash-ups, now this.
The court case that will determine whether or not Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ ripped off Marvin Gaye’s 1977 classic ‘Got To Give it Up’ just gets more and more bizarre. After Gaye’s children presented a mash-up of the two songs as evidence, Thicke and co-writer Pharrell Williams have sat for depositions, both of which have been made available by The Hollywood Reporter.
In his forthcoming deposition, Thicke’s defense is two-pronged: he admits to an addiction to alcohol and drugs, and claims he took credit for the song due to jealousy over the fact that Pharrell “wrote the whole thing pretty much by himself.” He claims that during the recording of the ‘Blurred Lines’ rhythm track, he was “high on vicodin and alcohol;” he also claims that his comments to the press that named Gaye as the track’s inspiration were a result of his intoxication and/or a marketing ploy to sell records.
He also had issues with that mash-up: “It’s so hard to listen to it [due to clashing major-minor chords]… It’s like nails on a fucking chalkboard… This is [like] Stanley Kubrick’s movie Clockwork Orange. Where he has to sit there and watch… Mozart would be rolling in his grave right now.”
For his part, Pharrell quarreled with lawyers over whether or not he can read music, claimed to “respect” Marvin Gaye because he’s an Aries, and made a lengthy comment about how the song is popular due to “the white man singing soulfully.” Read both depositions in full here.