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6:30 pm - 05/25/2013

Dutch duo about Tegomass covering their song

On May 24, the Dutch musical duo 'Speelman & Speelman' were invited to the very popular Dutch talkshow 'De Wereld Draait Door' to talk about a very special cover of their song. The Japanese duo Tegomass had a number 2 hit with 'Neko Chudoku' -- a Japanese version of their song 'De Wereld Wordt Gered' (The World is Being Saved).

The duo talked about getting a call asking if a Japanese boyband could make a cover of their song 5 years ago. Now, 5 years later, they were informed that their song is a hit on the Japanese charts. Their original version of the song is about stuck-ups and rich people, the Japanese version is about 'addiction to cats'. The duo said that it'd be funny if they'd get rich because of a song about rich people.

They mentioned how they were in stitches when they first heard the Japanese song. But the duo and popular Dutch tv-host Paul de Leeuw praised the Japanese for being so neat to ask if they could do a cover of the song and properly crediting the duo. 'They could've just used the song, without you ever knowing they did' mentioned de Leeuw. During the talk segment the duo also performed a part of the original Dutch song and they showed Tegomass' Japanese version. You can watch the complete talk segment with English subtitles in the Youtube video.

A full version of the Dutch song can be heard here

Source: 1, 2
puckyducky 25th-May-2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
That's hilarious XD So they basically only copied the music...
tomoxtomo 26th-May-2013 12:45 am (UTC)
Copy?? You mean cover right?
singlouder 26th-May-2013 12:50 am (UTC)
Is it still a cover if you completely change all of the lyrics and the subject that the song is about? I honestly don't know. I don't think it's quite a cover. They just used the music for their own song, but they contacted the band and properly compensated them so that it wouldn't be plagiarism.
tomoxtomo 26th-May-2013 12:59 am (UTC)
It is still a cover if you change the lyrics and concept. As long as they contacted the company and worked out licensing and copyright info(which any major label would, even though they don't always do this) it isn't copying.
singlouder 26th-May-2013 02:21 am (UTC)
I definitely don't think it's copying. I just wasn't sure if "cover" was the right word.
tokyocinema 26th-May-2013 06:24 am (UTC)
I've had this problem myself because you see this all the time in K-Pop, with Shinee "covering" Corbin Bleu or SNSD/Girls' Generation/Shoujo Jidai "covering" Duffy's "Mercy" or Ke$ha or Katy Tiz.

I definitely don't think people should consider it a cover if you take the lyrics and overall feeling of the song and scrap it and change it into something else, but to say that it's a copy would imply that they stole it, which they didn't.
shinie165 26th-May-2013 09:04 am (UTC)
It's a remake.
puckyducky 26th-May-2013 11:08 am (UTC)
Well in my book copy is a fine word for this, cover could be too. So it doesn't matter much to me. 8D
mikarocker 25th-May-2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
I still have second-hand embarrassment from that PV XD
isinuyasha 25th-May-2013 10:47 pm (UTC)
tokyocinema 26th-May-2013 06:27 am (UTC)
ugh seriously. it felt like k8's Crouton or PanPanda all over again. x_x

it was cute but they're in their late 20s and you can see the "you've got to be fucking kidding me" feelings on their faces when they performed this live.
supermasu 26th-May-2013 07:05 am (UTC)
I think it fits Tegomass' image, cute and child-like. At first I wasn't sure if I liked it, but the second time I realized how cute and funny it was. I think its fine for them to do these types of PVs as long as they look young and cute enough to do to it
booboobooboo99 30th-May-2013 03:30 am (UTC)
RE: Eternal Youth
harisukaori 26th-May-2013 09:21 am (UTC)
do you have a video of their live performance? I need to see their faces XD
helios_blue 27th-May-2013 06:57 am (UTC)
Hahaha mte.
Tego covered it quite well but Massu, even on the PV he looked uncomfortable.
The K8 ones might be somewhat acceptable due to their comedic group image though, not so much with Tegomass.
riechanster 26th-May-2013 06:32 pm (UTC)
me too XD
kokoromaix 27th-May-2013 02:49 am (UTC)
Me too. I felt so bad for the guys. >.<

Although this further confirms my theory that, as Juniors, they're subjected to wearing ridiculous costumes with weird/embarrassing routines in order to prepare/brace them for things like this.
rim1789 25th-May-2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing. I think that's really great of Jstorm(I think Tegomass is under Jstorm ?) to have done all these properly and asking for copyright . So many just copy without a second thought.

I m really surprised JE thought 5 years ago of making this a Tegomass single...

The PV never cease to amuse me xD
kataomi 25th-May-2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
No Tegomass ( and NEWS ) are under Johnny's entertainment. Jstorm is for Arashi, kattun etc !
I think they probably just took the song because it was catchy and put it somewhere and then took it back for Tegomasu ...but maybe that could have been any Johnny's group ! ...Well I think lol
kakuhiro 25th-May-2013 10:27 pm (UTC)
Tegomass are under Johnny's Entertainment :D (<- label) fans very often mistook it as the agency itself
rim1789 25th-May-2013 11:20 pm (UTC)
Ah yes! My bad :D and thanks for the clarification
chizzyrei 26th-May-2013 01:14 am (UTC)
That was pretty neat. I think composers earn more when the records sell more right? And live perfomances always show the composers & lyricists in the beginning. That's what I always notice.
edneichon 26th-May-2013 02:38 am (UTC)
nara_heiwa 26th-May-2013 03:45 am (UTC)
didn't know that
aures 26th-May-2013 06:06 pm (UTC)
i saw this on tv earlier this week, i was shocked.. the whole segment was a bit embarrassing, especially how matthijs van nieuwkerk pronounced tegomass was a bit... :/

but what i appreciated was how NICE they were about it, they were really good and praising about it!
riechanster 26th-May-2013 06:35 pm (UTC)
yes! his pronunciation was a bit goofy :D
And indeed! That surprised me as well! Normally you could like expect them to laugh about it or make fun of it but they were really polite. I'm glad about that ^^
dustysock 27th-May-2013 01:59 pm (UTC)
LOOOL! didn't even know. interessant! :D
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