From page 21 of Classic Rock Magazine September 2006
A lot of people noticed the similarity between The Stranglers’ 1979 single Duchess and the Manics’ If You Tolerate This... So has Hugh.
“It was bandied around when it came out. I think the publishing companies involved have musicologists who study these things and decide whether to take action. No action was taken, so obviously it didn’t resemble it that much. It doesn’t bother me. Everyone plagiarises everything anyway. It’s the nature of the beast. I mean, you could say The Beatles doing Back In The USSR was plagiarising The Beach Boys. But they only did it because they loved The Beach Boys. So when does an influence become plagiarism? It’s not something I spend a lot of time thinking about.”