The Original "I Kissed A Girl" Gal Gets A Kissoff

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At a Gay Pride gathering last night, I ran into Jill Sobule (who was hanging with another musical icon, Richard Barone).

Jill wrote and sang the charmingly sweet "I Kissed A Girl" in 1995 (see below video), which sort of makes her the original Katy Perry.

"Do you get lots of money from it?" I asked her, all googly eyed.

No!" Jill replied.

"Katy said she got the idea for her song all on her own," she explained.

Pause.

"But it's interesting that we have the very same A&R person."

Hmm. A tiny bit fishy?

On the bright side, Jill told me that she will occasionally get a check in the mail for her old song and she thinks it might be some kind of mistake.

But it's not!

Anyone who does something that groundbreaking and does it first deserves not only a kiss, but some major cash.


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10 comments
bitchtrollfromhell
bitchtrollfromhell

Was Cyndi doing her "Memphis Blues" schtick?  Hated it, walked out of that concert, wanted to hear hits, even if they're getting kinda tired.  Maybe she should do album cuts that weren't hits.

Scruff712
Scruff712

I saw her open for both Sandra Bernhard and Cyndi Lauper in the same show and she was far more compelling than either of them. One of her best recent songs is called "Karen by Night." Definitely worth checking out.

bitchtrollfromhell
bitchtrollfromhell

doesn't "sound" at all like her's!  But Jill did have "Supermodel" in the hit film "Clueless" so ka-ching (sorta). 

bitchtrollfromhell
bitchtrollfromhell

There are lots of songs with the same name, she doesn't have a lawsuit because Katy Perry's (actually the very talented Cathy Dennis) song doesn't song at all like her's, her's is kind of tired, actually.  I like Cathy Dennis's much better.

Inches
Inches

The title, the theme, the whole idea.

Vatoslocos4ever
Vatoslocos4ever

They sound nothing like each other, why should she get paid? For the title?

Inches
Inches

Because it was written by several people including Katy (who gets part writing credit).

Rhesus
Rhesus

Yeah, how did Katy think of it when it was someone else who wrote it?

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