Out of all the people in the world, I never thought that the ones that would try and take down Nickelback would be Econoline Crush.  That’s right.  Econoline Crush. How’s that for a mid-90’s flashback.

It turns out the Vancouver band is suing Nickelback for copyright infringement. You see back in 1997 Econoline Crush released “All That You Are,” which peaked at #12 on the Canadian singles chart. Six years later, Nickelback put out a song called “Figured You Out” and it ended up topping Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks for thirteen weeks!

Well it took nearly ten years, but Econoline Crush has finally figured out that these two songs sound an awfully lot alike. I’m not legal or music expert but the west coast music scene is pretty small, I’m guess both of these bands worked with the same producers at least some point in their careers, could something be up?

According to Chart Attack, Nickelback “maliciously and willfully and with a conscious disregard” copied the song and are seeking “all damages permitted by Federal copyright law including actual damages and defendants’ profits, along with statutory and punitive damages.”

Yikes!  I think what I find most surprising about this whole lawsuit is that Econoline Crush is the only band to have a problem with Nickelback’s music.  I mean don’t all of their songs sound like another bands?  (Ugh…that was a horrible set up to an even lamer joke.)

Neither bands are commenting on the law suit.

But why don’t you be the judge.  There are certainly some similarities!

Nickelback’s Figured You Out:

Econoline Crush’s All That You Are

Mike Morrison


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  2. I can see some similarities in these two songs…but two other songs I always felt were similar were ‘Animal’ by Nickleback and ‘Trash’ by Econoline Crush…vocal melodies and even some of the lyrics are the same in those songs. (very odd vocal melody). One was a huge single…the other I never heard on the radio tho.

  3. I think there’s only so many chord combinations that sound good together. I believe that eventually they’ll all be used up and reused again. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen Pachalbel’s rant (it’s on Youtube), but that pretty much sums up the way popular music is today. At least their lyrics aren’t the same…

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