Does This Dell Commercial Rip Off Broken Bells?

By Corban Goble / September 13, 2011

Reader Michael chimed in last night when he spotted the eerie similarity between Broken Bells’ “The Ghost Inside” and a song used in a new Dell commercial. Michael writes:

Note that the melody is slightly different (and in D rather than E), but the drumbeat is exactly. the fucking same. Also, note how the chorus merely escalates rather than changes musically, offering further proof of comparison. And they threw in some dumb lyrics in the end as an effort to make it sound original. (“I just like lookin’ in the sun”?) It’s not.

Let’s go to the tape.

The commercial:

Broken Bells’ “The Ghost Inside”