Did Guns N’ Roses Plagiarize ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’?

By Shannon Carlin

Guns N’ Roses are being accused of stealing one of their biggest hits.

The Australian music website Max TV (via Consequence of Sound) recently noticed that Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” sounds suspiciously similar to the song “Unpublished Critics” by Aussie band Australian Crawl, which was released six years earlier.

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The publication points out that “Sweet Child O’ Mine’ has “the same chugging chord progression, a similarly-sweeping lead break, the verse melody, and the elongated one-syllable vocal in the chorus” as Australian Crawl’s song, which went to No. 1 in Australia.

Australian Crawl broke up in 1986, a year before Guns N’ Roses recently Appetite For Destruction, which featured the track in question, but as COS notes, both albums were released in the United States on Geffen.

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Funnily enough, Australian Crawl’s singer James Reymar has acknowledged the similarities between the tracks before, but doesn’t seem interested in getting into court for this. So no, we probably won’t have a “Blurred Lines” level lawsuit anytime soon.

Hear the two songs to see if you think they’re a little similar on Radio.com

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