“Idol” Grunge Guy May Be Even More Of A Hack Than Previously Thought

Mar 19th, 2008 // 13 Comments

david.jpgAmerican Idol‘s season-seven “rock dude,” David Cook, has already been accused of ripping off Incubus’ version of Lionel Richie’s “Hello,” and the Beatles catalog is respected enough that every bar band out there has given its own spin to at least one song. So it probably isn’t all that surprising that someone’s crying “ripoff” over the version of “Eleanor Rigby” that he performed on last week’s show, is it? Meet Doxology, a Seattle band with Idol cred–they’re “good friends” with Blake Lewis!–and their own version of the Beatles track that, they feel, hews strangely closely to Cook’s take:

After much deliberation, Doxology is releasing a statement to the press. There are many reasons that the Seattle area band feels it is necessary to shed some light on recent events. First and foremost, Doxology is not angry with David Cook or American Idol. They are, however, troubled by the lack of public acknowledgement that the arrangement of “Eleanor Rigby,” used by David Cook on American Idol’s March 11, 2008 episode and its’ subsequent iTunes studio recording, is a near note-for-note copy of a unique demo arrangement recorded by Doxology in 2006. The band feels that David is a great performer, and they are also supporters and fans of American Idol (Blake Lewis, a good friend of the band, was last season’s American Idol runner up). Secondly, Doxology is in disagreement with Idol’s decision to post David Cook’s performance and studio recording on iTunes. This allows American Idol to profit from the David Cook, March 11th performance and studio recording, without crediting the source for the recording’s arrangement. This is not the first time American Idol has had to deal with this type of issue. During season 5 of Idol, Chris Daughtry used an arrangement from a band without crediting his source. To listen to Doxology’s original demo recording of “Eleanor Rigby” and additional original song selections visit www.myspace.com/dxband.

rickey.org has MP3s of both the songs, and yes, there are some similarities, much like there probably are similarities between Cook’s take and the “Eleanor Rigby” cover by every Finger Eleven wannabe’s version in existence. Maybe this is why he went the Whitesnake-homage route this week?

David Cook – “American Idol” Plagiarism Scandal [rickey.org]
Doxology [MySpace]
[Photo: AmericanIdol.com]


  1. Doug Llewelyn, Court Reporter

    Meredith Baxter-Birney thinks he ripped off her haircut.

  2. jenocyde

    ha…this is the same reason I didn’t like Daughtry when he was on Idol.

  3. Al Shipley

    Something every musician needs pounded into their heads over and over and over in this day and age: if you cover, remix or sample a song someone else wrote, you are not owed any credit, ownership or royalties for your arrangement, no matter how unique or original it is. If someone else uses or copies it in some way, tough shit. If you’ve got some great creative ideas, put them in an original composition and copyright them, because that’s the only way you’ll get the kind of control and credit you might otherwise think you deserve for some cool Beatles cover that you and probably 50 other people thought up.

  4. Thierry

    I swear, if you shaved David Cook’s head, he’d look exactly like a beady-eyed DAUGHTRY. Sorry, Daughtry. I forgot that the caps are only for DAUGHTRY the band, not Daughtry the douchebag singer.

  5. Chris N.

    You know who did a hard-rock version of “Eleanor Rigby” once upon a time? Rick Springfield, that’s who.

  6. dippinkind

    as i was watching the early part of the show with my wife i speculated that David Cook was gonna pick Eleanor Rigby and then sang a verse or two to demonstrate how i expected his version would sound. And when he did show up to sing the song, it was a near note-for-note copy of my unique half-assed arrangement. So do I get royalites now (or are these guys from Seattle coming after me next)?

  7. noamjamski

    There is only one cover of Eleanor Rigby that I recognize, and that is REALM’S cover!

    For more information on Realm, and their astonishingly un-unique brand of American Power Metal, please consult your local Wikipedia.

  8. Ned Raggett

    But there’s also Styx covering “I Am the Walrus” a few years back:

  9. dog door

    can’t everyone just stop covering the Beatles already?

  10. revmatty

    I think it’s reasonable to assume that Me First and the Gimme Gimme’s have done a similar version of it as well.

  11. Anonymous

    Dave DID NOT off from Doxology…ask anyone in the Tulsa music scene…the band he was in covered Eleanor Rigby for years and played it over 200 shows. Doxology just wants to get press from this.

  12. gorillavsmarykate

    @misssixx: “Tulsa music scene.”


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