Guns N’ Roses: Sweet Child O’ Mine a Rip-Off?


For nearly three decades, Sweet Child O’ Mine reigned the karaoke jams, the afternoon radio blues and even the battle of the bands. Now, its authenticity is being questioned after Australian blog Max TV revealed some similarities between Guns N’ Roses 1987 single ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ and Australian band Australian Crawl’s 1981 track, “Unpublished Critics.”

After I reviewed the songs, it dawned on me that Unpublished Critics surely did share a big resemblance. The guitar riffs are tweaked a little bit, the tune is a total rip-off and only the lyrics is changed completely. To sum this up, Sweet Child O’ Mine is like a polished( or you could say, parody) version of the Unpublished Critics.

Who could have thought that the legendary Guns N’ Roses will do such thing? Certainly, not me! I grew up listening to it on the radio and its guitar riff was one of the first tabs I’ve ever played on the guitar.

And I also discovered that this was not the first time, they did it. In fact, Pitchfork reported about a similar incident that happened way back in 2009, it was German electronic shoegaze auteur Ulrich Schnauss this time.

Care to compare the two songs?


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