Daily Archives: July 19, 2008

The Rifles ‘Local Boy’ = The Cure ‘Just Like Heaven’

I’ve been listening to The Rifles album – No Love Lost. Great album but I noticed they seem to draw inspiration from The Cure a fair bit. The song ‘Local Boy’ has the same fucking riff as the Cure’s Just Like Heaven. It’s a pretty blatant rip, so much so that it nearly sounds like a cover version (if, say, the Scissor Sisters’ cover of Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb can be called a ‘cover version’ then so can this!).

Searching the web just now, however, I couldn’t find any reference to this. Hence, I’m putting up both videos here to prove a point. NB:

  1. The Rifles definitely draw inspiration from the Cure – apparently they’ve covered their ‘In Between Days’ before (for BBC Radio 1 in 2004)
  2. While I haven’t followed The Cure’s musical output since their ‘Wish’ album, they have created some fucking amazing, timeless songs, of which Just Like Heaven is only one (Just Like Heaven has been covered numerous times, including a great version by Dinosaur Jr, for those in the know 😛 )

The Cure – Just Like Heaven

The Rifles – Local Boy

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