Ok, it’s not The L‘s intention to accuse Cut Copy of plagiarism, even though last week The Measure noticed their new track, “Need You Now,” might’ve lifted a backbeat from New Order, but this is eerie. Is Akiva Schaffer from The Lonely Island Dan Whitman’s long-lost comedic twin? Maybe there are just a lot of tall, skinny white guys who are into sportz (and they don’t care who knows)?
“Need You Now” is the lead track from Zonoscope, Cut Copy’s third album, released last week. Their music video (directed by Keith Schofield) came out yesterday, and it features a bunch of serious, vicious athletes playing every sport imaginable. Eventually they all end up with samurai swords and medieval weaponry, but that’s besides the point. The point is that “Need You Now” is like the high-budget version of The Lonely Island’s (Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone and Andy Samberg’s pre-SNL online comedy troupe) “We Like Sportz” video that came out in December of 2008. “We Like Sportz” doesn’t have the same production value, hired muscle, and ferocity of “Need You Now,” but it captures the same gangly, awkward-spectator sentiment. Question is: Who does it better?