Mark Borchardt & Mike Schank on Influence
Mark: Hey, man, you ripped that one song off, I hate to tell you, from Black Sabbath.
Mike: I didn’t. I wrote all the words.
Mark: Yeah, but, dude, I’m saying there’s an unconscious influence.
Mike: Yeah, but all your ideas come from somewhere else, Mark. You can’t make up an idea by yourself.
Mark: No, dude.
Mike: It’s gotta come from somewhere.
Mark: Yeah, but… Have you listened to the tune? That’s an exact copy.
Mike: No, it’s not though.
Mark: You changed one word.
Mike: I changed all… I used one word. I used the word “insane,” and that’s it.
[noise occurs off camera in the house]
Mike: What’s that?
Mark: The Ghost of Christmas Past.
Mark: You have to whisper, okay?
Mike: All right.
Mark: ‘Cause otherwise, we’ll get into trouble.
[from American Movie, 1999]