Rod Stewart has revealed that he ‘stole’ the words and melody for his song Da Ya Think I’m Sexy from a similar track he heard at Rio carnival.
The singer, 77, made the admission as he chatted about plagiarism and song writing on Apple Music’s Deep Hidden Meaning Radio with Nile Rodgers.
Do You Think I’m Sexy was released by Rod in 1978 from his album Blondes Have More Fun and went on to be a smash hit.
Cheeky! Rod Stewart has revealed that he ‘stole’ the words and melody for his song Da Ya Think I’m Sexy from a similar track he heard at Rio carnival
He said about the track on the new podcast: ‘Well, I nicked it from… It wasn’t a conscious nick. I was in Brazil for the festival, and I heard this song and I just, I nicked it.
‘Subconsciously I came back in the studio and started singing it and put words to it about six months later. But I put my hand up and I said, ‘Fair nick, I’m guilty.’ And all the proceeds actually went to UNICEF.
Nile replied: ‘No kidding!’ before Rod said back: ‘The writer of the song agreed. Yeah!’
Throwback: The singer, 77, made the admission as he chatted about plagiarism and song writing on Apple Music’s Deep Hidden Meaning Radio with Nile Rodgers (pictured in the Da Ya Think I’m Sexy music video)
Rod then asked Nile: ‘Have you ever been done for plagiarism when you’ve nicked someone’s songs?’
Nile replied: ‘To me, that’s just songwriting. Quite often I’ve said on this show that I believe it was Verdi who said ‘Good composers borrow and great composers steal.’
‘We can’t help that. We listen to music. Just like you just said with ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy.’ You listen to music, you hear the song, you hear the motif, you hear the riff, and it gets stuck in your head and you say, ‘That’s cool. This is what I would do with it.’ That is songwriting.
‘That’s called plagiarism! It’s plagiarism, no matter which way you look at it’, Rod then retorted back.
Iconic! Do You Think I’m Sexy was released by Rod in 1978 from his album Blondes Have More Fun and went on to be a smash hit
Nile then replied: ‘But yeah, Bowie had a different word for it. Bowie would say that, ‘Nile, that’s post modernistic reinterpretation.’
”Stealing’ sounds like a strong word because it makes other people think that we are not artistic about it. But it’s certainly not that at all. It’s being influenced. I mean, what the hell? You hear something cool, you can’t help yourself. I do it all the time. I’ll hear a riff and then I’ll redo the riff my way.’
Elsewhere on the podcast Rod spoke about making an album with Jools Holland.
He explained: ‘Yeah. So we’re making a swing album now, and he’s got the best swing band in the world. So we’re halfway making an album together. In fact, next week we’re doing another five tracks.
Honest: He said about the track on the new podcast: ‘Well, I nicked it from… It wasn’t a conscious nick. I was in Brazil for the festival, and I heard this song and I just, I nicked it!’
‘Jools and I, we have a lot in common because we both love model railways. So we are real soul brothers. We talk about music and then say, “That’s enough music. Let’s talk about our hobby,” which is model railroads.’
It comes after earlier this month Sir Rod showed that he’s in fighting fit shape following his knee replacement and ankle surgery, as he ran back and fourth during a bleep test.
The star posted a video to Instagram on Monday as he ran laps across a football pitch – revealing to fans that he is at ‘top fitness’.
The rocker went under the knife in 2020, after sustaining injury’s from playing football – opting for an ankle surgery which reportedly cost £8,000.
And despite vowing his ‘football days are over’ back in 2021, the singer seemed to be at full capacity as he put on an age defying display.
He donned a black tracksuit, running in between two cones as a black stereo let out beeps – a well known multi-stage fitness test.
Rod explained that he was ready for his long awaited tour dates, which will see him travel around North America this summer – before hitting the UK in November.
In the caption, the Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? singer said ‘full speed ahead’ before teasing a visit to his Scottish homeland.
Fun: A stock image of Rio carnival this year is pictured
He wrote: ‘After a knee replacement and angle fusion surgery, at 77 I’m back to top fitness in preparation for my long awaited tour dates – and maybe a call up Scotland!!!
‘Full speed ahead bring on the tour!!!’
The father-of-eight underwent knee surgery in 2020, which was followed by ankle fusion surgery to align his leg.
He previously told The Sun: ‘My knee got fixed with a knee replacement, so then the ankle didn’t know what was going on because obviously it’s crooked because of the knees, so now I’ve had to have the ankle done.’
He was often seen on crutches last year after the respective surgeries, but seems to be in better shape than ever in the recent post.
After the initial knee replacement, his wife Penny Lancaster, 51, had said Rod’s knee was better than ever before.
‘He had been running sideways and it has all been sorted. He is like a masterclass of knee replacement – there is no stopping him,’ she explained.
Exciting times: Elsewhere on the podcast Rod spoke about making an album with Jools Holland (pictured)