After the Gap Band successfully sued them over the striking parallels between Mars & Ronson's "Uptown Funk" and "Oops Upside Your Head", several other funk acts of yesteryear filed suit - all with "Uptown Funk" as a copyright infringement against their existing work.
Well, ring in the New Year, because this time Sugar Hill records rap trio the Sequence have joined in the litany of litigation, alleging that "Uptown Funk" sounds a whole lot like their 1979 song "Funk You Up". Let's compare the two.
Seventies-era funk apparently had some internal similarities, because even this discussion didn't stop at the three bands suing Mars and Ronson.
The guitar riff sounds a bit on soul power (not much), but on "funk you up" the chorus sounds very similar to Uptown Funk chorus ... 🤷🏽♂️— Glenn Jovan Macias (@Glenn_Macias) December 30, 2017
I agree but it sounds more like James Brown, also. Ahhh 1979, sophomore in high school, tail end of disco era at its peak.— Dewey Holleman (@ADMDEWEY) December 30, 2017
Lawsuits against megastars are getting more and more common, but this is the first time we can remember one song being such a meaty target. Better call the police and the fireman.