Everyone Is Dunking On Maroon 5 For Accusing The 1975 Of Ripping Them Off
If it was a joke, it really didn't land.
When taking aim at one of the world’s most popular bands, it’s probably a good idea to not be one of the world’s least-loved popular bands. Then again, Maroon 5 aren’t one to listen to their critics.
On Friday, The 1975 released ‘Me and You Together Song’, their fourth single from upcoming (and now delayed to April) fourth album, Notes On A Conditional Form.
And according to Adam Levine and co., the band’s newest visuals were a rip-off of Maroon 5’s early work. Back when they were known as Kara’s Flowers, in 1997 Maroon 5 released The Fourth World. The album artwork, according to their Twitter account, looks a lot like a new promotional image for the 1975.
In a now-deleted tweet, the band wrote, “Hey @the1975, you guys big ‘Kara’s Flowers’ fans?”, attaching the two images in a side by side comparison.
Admittedly, it was clearly tongue-in-cheek, but there’s something about how much of a reach it is (and given how seriously Maroon 5 take themselves) that made it land a little too passive aggressive.
And, look, if we’re getting into it, it’s a solid bet The 1975’s image is a riff off Warhol’s pop-art images, who, as an artist, made the crossroads of commerciality and plagiarism his whole schtick. Essentially, Adam Levine, read a book.
The original tweet eventually landed on the timeline of The 1975 frontman Matty Healy, who responded with a diss to ‘whatever the fuck’ Kara’s Flowers are. “I don’t know what the fuck that is but I love that song about being in a phone box or whatever it is,” he wrote, referencing Maroon 5’s 2012 song ‘Payphone’.
From there, people really jumped on to point out that Maroon 5 didn’t invent colourised photos of individual band members against a black background.
— jcdaniels (@jCdaniels) January 18, 2020
Considering The 1975’s love for referencing, we’d say, if anything, the image’s most likely a nod to the poster for Larry King’s 1995 film Kids.
Actually the first thing I thought of was the poster from the movie ‘KIDS’. pic.twitter.com/t7HDFs5NpQ
— The Lady J 🌺 (@TheLadyJ1975) January 17, 2020
Even Hot Chelle Rae weighed in to point out they’ve got a similar image on the cover of 2011 album Whatever, saying “one of us is going to have to change”.
— Hot Chelle Rae (@HotChelleRae) January 18, 2020
The 1975 arrive in Australia next week to headline Laneway, alongside Charli XCX. Listen to ‘You and Me Forever Song’ below.