Fresh on the heels of Nicki Escudero announcing a new Owl City date this April comes the news that perhaps Adam Young likes to plagiarize more than just musical styles. Like Nicki before me, I will try not to take a crap all over AdamYoung/Owl City -- okay, maybe not. It was revealed today, through some super sleuthing on Flickr and Stereogum, that Adam Young "borrowed," if you will, someone's original art for his Ocean Eyes booklet. For those keeping count, that means the man's music style and art -- not to mention haircut and vintage t-shirt obsession -- are wholly unoriginal. More insight into why Adam Young does this, plus the borrowed art in question, after the jump.
|Oh my god, I am so affected, and I write music that makes all the 12 year old girls cry. My name is Adam Young, and I am Owl City|
Here we can see the original picture, taken by Ben Eubank (flickr user benisntfunny
|The original artwork taken by Ben Eubank|
Now, I present booklet page 2 from Owl City's most recent album Ocean Eyes:
|And here is Adam Young's totally wussified version of the same picture|
As you can clearly see, Young just up and took Eubank's photo and made it is own, not before adding a nice little star and some cute Northern Lights-esque shading. This whole ordeal is pretty brutal for Adam Young, considering he has openly admitted to ripping off The Postal Service. Yet, the dude is hugely popular and is three albums deep -- none of his fans give a shit about his "borrowing" ways. Those same fans are also super religious. Go figure.
I could go on and on about how tame and uninspired Adam Young's music is, but I will leave you with this: type "owl," hell type just "ow," into a google search and see what your first result is. Adam Young is not going anywhere, so everyone will just have to get used to the way he conducts his business. Just make sure you keep checking to see if your photos or musical accomplishments are out there being "represented" by someone else.
UPDATE: It appears that Ben Eubank got compensated for his photo. Those Owl City fans just finding this post -- originally posted January 5 -- can now calm down. When I originally posted this, Eubank had not yet been compensated for his photo. Sorry for any confusion. I now understand that the earlier situation has been rectified. However, Adam Young still ripped off Ben Eubank's photo -- he just finally paid the guy.