An Australian music website is accusing G’n’R of plagiarizing 1987’s “Sweet Child o’ Mine” from a 1981 song called “Unpublished Critics” by Australian Crawl.
According to an article since taken down at Max TV the songs feature “the same chugging chord progression, a similarly-sweeping lead break, the verse melody, and the elongated one-syllable vocal in the chorus.”
James Reyne, a member of Australian Crawl, previously acknowledged the “almost identical” similarities between the two songs. However, it seems Reyne is content with letting the two songs coexist. He’s even covered “Sweet Child O’ Mine” in concert.
Listen to both songs and decide for yourself.
– Adam K