George Harrison’s ‘Living in the Material World’ and Madonna’s ‘Material Girl’ Have More in Common Than Their Titles

George Harrison and Madonna at a press conference in 1986.
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George Harrison said Madonna ‘helped herself’ to his ‘Living in the Material World’ for ‘Material Girl’

In 1971, Bright Tunes Music, the publishing company of The Chiffons’ “He’s So Fine,” sued George for copyright infringement. They claimed the former Beatle copied the 1963 song for his 1970 song “

George Harrison claimed Madonna “helped herself” to his song “Living in the Material World” for her tune “Material Girl.” The 1973 rock song’s name undoubtedly influenced the 1984 pop hit’s title, but that’s not where the tune’s similarities end.

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George Harrison said Madonna ‘helped herself’ to his ‘Living in the Material World’ for ‘Material Girl’

In 1971, Bright Tunes Music, the publishing company of The Chiffons’ “He’s So Fine,” sued George for copyright infringement. They claimed the former Beatle copied the 1963 song for his 1970 song “My Sweet Lord.”

In 1976, Judge Richard Owen of the United States District Court declared that George had “subconsciously” copied “He’s So Fine.”

The lawsuit made George paranoid. He vented his frustrations in his 1976 tune “This Song.” While recording, comedian Eric Idle dubbed two arguing voices saying, “Sounds like ‘Sugar Pie Honey Bunch’” and “Naw! Sounds more like ‘Rescue Me!’”

George often confessed he used his favorite songs as inspiration. However, that didn’t mean he copied any music. During a 1987 interview with Timothy White at Musician Magazine, George said plenty of artists copied each other.

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“Not to mention Madonna helping herself to ‘Living in the Material World’ for ‘Material Girl.’ I was ahead of my time,” George said.

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George and Madonna’s songs have more in common than their titles

Madonna might’ve gotten “Material Girl” from George’s “Living in the Material World,” but that’s not all the songs have in common.

Comparing the two tunes, at least at face value, one can’t deny how different they are. George sings about wanting to escape the material world.

He sings, “Can’t say what I’m doing here/ But I hope to see much clearer/ After living in the material world…/ I got born into the material world/ Getting worn out in the material world…/ Got caught up in the material world/ From the Spiritual Sky/ Such sweet memories have I/ To the Spiritual Sky/ How I pray/ Yes I pray/ That I won’t get lost/ Or go astray/ As I’m fated for the material world/ Get frustrated in the material world/ Senses never gratified/ Only swelling like a tide/ That could drown me in the Material world…/ Living in the material world/ I hope to get out of this place.”

Initially, one would

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

      

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