Understanding Nirvana's Music

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Regarding "Come as You Are" guitar riff...

“Baby Come Back” - The Equals (1968).
“Life Goes On” - The Damned (1982)
"22 Faces” - Garden of Delight (1984)
“Eighties” - Killing Joke (April 1984).
"Come As You Are" - Nirvana (1992).

Who really copied who, if three songs with a similar guitar riff were released prior to "Eighties"? P.s The band complained, but they never filed a lawsuit.
 

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Regarding "Come as You Are" guitar riff...

“Baby Come Back” - The Equals (1968).
“Life Goes On” - The Damned (1982)
"22 Faces” - Garden of Delight (1984)
“Eighties” - Killing Joke (April 1984).
"Come As You Are" - Nirvana (1992).

Who really copied who, if three songs with a similar guitar riff were released prior to "Eighties"? P.s The band complained, but they never filed a lawsuit.
Tons of songs have the same melodies,it’s the vocal melodies and lyrics which distinguish one from the next.
 

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Regarding "Come as You Are" guitar riff...

“Baby Come Back” - The Equals (1968).
“Life Goes On” - The Damned (1982)
"22 Faces” - Garden of Delight (1984)
“Eighties” - Killing Joke (April 1984).
"Come As You Are" - Nirvana (1992).

Who really copied who, if three songs with a similar guitar riff were released prior to "Eighties"? P.s The band complained, but they never filed a lawsuit.
The lineage of this riff is a fascinating case study in how difficult it is to trace musical origins. Multiple artists sometimes draw on the same influence at the same time without even realizing it. The release of three very similar songs by The Damned, Garden of Delight, and Killing Joke within a two year span makes it seem like there was some form of musical collective consciousness taking place. And according to all available information, none of the musicians listed above were aware of it.
 

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