Most of you probably know that there's this brewing controversy about the Pinoy Big Brother theme song Pinoy Ako by Orange and Lemons, a band from Malolos, Bulacan that became popular because of their new wave sounding music. Some observers say that OnL is so much influenced by British New Wave that even their Tagalog songs have British accents. Almost immediately after the song was introduced in the PBB show, some listeners noticed a striking resemblance to the song Chandeliers by The Care, a short-lived 80s band from UK, more popularly known with their songs My Boyish Days and Flaming Sword. The topic was also discussed heavily in the Pinoyrock yahoogroup, shortly after another controversy about the Session Road song "Leaving You" sounding very much like Superdrag's "Garmonbozia".
Here's the band's stand about the thing, from the PBB entry at wikipedia:
Orange and Lemons and the song's composer Jonathan Manalo clarified that while Orange and Lemons may have been influenced by British rock, they stressed that the two songs are completely different from each other and assured that Pinoy Ako is a completely original one. Furthermore, in the creation of the song, there was no discussion about Chandeliers.
After hearing both songs, my opinion is that the PBB theme song is really a Chandeliers ripoff. They can deny it until Jesus returns and i'll still cry ripoff even in front of Jesus. There's too many points of similarity in the two songs that you can't dismiss them as
Check the following links for references:
- elf-ideas has a link to Chandeliers by the Care. Just scroll down the page to see.
- Rickey has the Pinoy Big Brother Theme and the Chandeliers on his site.