Thought I would start a new Nirvana thread, as this is its own debate. I mean, if there is one, at this point. I’ve always loved Eighties by Killing Joke, since I first heard it, way back after it came out. I still love it, despite the lyrical subject matter and title being... dated. I also love Come As You Are. In fact, it’s the only Nirvana song I love. I like a few others. But three decades after the fact, I can take or leave them now. Now, I’m not bragging when I say I have an above average ability to recognize familiar song patterns, licks, hooks, etc... In fact, oftentimes it feels more like a curse than a skill. I’ll leave it at that. Despite that, I’ve never felt the two songs were close enough to warrant a rip-off’ label for Nirvana. Note wise, yes the main riffs are very similar. But that’s where it ends. Come As You Are has never reminded me of Eighties when I hear it. That’s a key part of it, IMO. I’ve never been able to hear Smooth without thinking of No One Like You, for example. Come As You Are is its own song. YMMV, of course. But that’s how it is for me. Important differences are notable. Cobain wrote in very simple yet brilliant pre-chorus and chorus sections. It breaks away enough from the verse to dramatically change the overall feel of the song. Returning to the verse riff is wonderful tension and release. It’s documented that Cobain was concerned about releasing it as a single, for this very reason. Clearly the bands harbor no ill will at this point, so it’s ultimately moot. And given my own experience with both songs, I’m good with it. Here’s for comparison. Anyone think otherwise?