4:09 pm - 01/18/2013

Glee rips off Geek King Jonathan Coulton

Glee made its name on enthusiastic unoriginality. The hit TV show, in which high school teens sing syrupy-sweet covers of famous pop tunes, has never really relied on new musical material. But the cover arrangements on the show are often very original—smart, interesting reharmonizations and mash-ups that often make even the tiredest pop tunes sound fresh.

However, with one of their arrangements for next week's episode, Glee appears to have flagrantly stolen an arrangement from geeky songwriter Jonathan Coulton.

Coulton, well-known for his now-classic video game anthem "Still Alive" from the game Portal (as well as for performing on our roof deck that one time), tweeted about the song this morning:

Here's Coulton's arrangement, which was first released on his 2006 album Thing a Week One:

And here's the Glee version, which will be in the eleventh episode of season four, "Sadie Hawkins," and will air next week on the 24th.

Update: It appears that the track, while currently not available on the US iTunes store, may have been available earlier and was pulled by Fox. The track is still available elsewhere, like on the Swedish iTunes store.

well, that is pretty blatant.

Coulton's twitter
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luckyluxk 18th-Jan-2013 09:45 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I'd rather hear Glee covers with the original music. Some songs sound so cheap and disgusting when they redo them.
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