‘Feel It Still’ has amassed over 90million streams to date, and charted highly around the world when it when was released in 2017 – before later winning a Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
While the band admit the song’s debt to The Marvellettes ‘Please Mister Postman’, they also took to Twitter to address the similarity with Jonas Brothers’ new song.
“To be fair, the chorus of Feel It Still sounds very similar to ‘Please Mister Postman’ by the Marvellettes… which we respectfully cleared and thanked them for every chance we got. As one does,” wrote the band.
They later denied that they were angry at Jonas Brothers, telling fans on Twitter: “Not mad at all. Actually dig a lot of their music and Nick’s solo records.”
Jonas Brothers are yet to respond to the claims.
To be fair, the chorus of Feel It Still sounds very similar to Please Mister Postman by the Marvellettes… Which we respectfully cleared and thanked them for every chance we got. As one does. @jonasbrothers
— PTM (@portugaltheman) March 4, 2019
Not mad at all. Actually dig a lot of their music and Nick’s solo records https://t.co/tjeTMdRpBk
— PTM (@portugaltheman) March 7, 2019
Check out both songs below.
Speaking of the lyrical meaning and inspiration behind the track, Portugal. The Man’s Zach Carothers told NME: “Things often start off kinda like automatic writing. Words that sound good and feel right to us. It’s very subconscious in the beginning and as we fine tune things we learn a lot about ourselves and how our brains work.
“It’s kinda crazy. Like a Rorschach Ink Blot Test. Generally inspired by a couple specific sea changes that mean a lot to us. 1966 – Civil rights movements, war protest and LSD testing. 1986 – first finding out about New York hip hop. ‘License To Ill’. ‘Fight For Your Right to Party’. Essentially a rebel just for kicks.”
This comes after Beavis & Butthead recently came out of retirement to slam ‘Feel It Still‘.
“This does suck, but this sucks so hard that it sucked a hole through the dimensional wall into awesomeness,” said Butt-Head.
“When you compress this much crap under the force of this much pretension, you create a beautiful diamond. This is the greatest band that has ever walked the Earth, but they do not walk the Earth, they float above it, for they are as Gods. They are better than The Beatles, better than The Rolling Stones, better than Silverchair, almost as good as Pantera. They are our rightful lords and masters. Ladies and gentlemen, bow down to the greatest band in the world, Portugal. The Man.”