Sweet Child O’ Mine: Was it ‘borrowed’ from an Australian band?

Guns N' Roses "Sweet Child O' Mine" is similar to a lesser-hit by an Australian band. (YouTube)

WASHINGTON — Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” was an unquestionable hit — what is being questioned is whether it was ripped-off from a 1981 song by an Australian band.

After an article posted on the Australian website MaxTV.com pointed out similarities between the 1987 hit from GN’R and a lesser known 1981 song by Australian Crawl, the singer of the Australian group is weighing in.

“I want to be very careful about what I say, but reckon it may not be inconceivable that there may be some similarities between the two songs,” Australian Crawl vocalist and co-writer of “Unpublished Critics” James Reyne told MaxTV.com.

Reyne also told the Daily Mail that he didn’t “pay that much attention,” to the Guns N’ Roses song when it was released.

While he jokingly said “as the song’s co-writer I might stand to benefit,” he also told the Daily Mail “I’m not about to take on the might of the Guns N’ Roses lawyers.”

Slash, whose guitar riff is the defining riff on the Guns N’ Roses song, has said they came up with the song during a jam session in 1986.

Compare the songs for yourself:

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  • John Hutchinson

    I love both Bands and have played both songs to death over the last 3 Decades and I have never ever ever, considered them remotely similar. Anyone who knows James Reyne’s singing will tell you that you that you will never be able to understand the lyrics, without an Album sleeve with the words written on it.
    Considering that both songs were recorded in an analogue age, the very chances of Guns ‘n’ Roses getting the chance to hear it well enough to be able to steal it, let alone identify the Lyrics, or performers are as close as the chances of me walking on the Moon.
    I smell the dank stench of bottom dwelling Lawyers circling on this and a mouldy old Judge who wouldn’t know Beethoven from the Beatles ruling over this and getting it wrong.

  • George

    Obvious rip off.

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