boo boo wrote:
It's basically the same riff, Cobain just slowed it down and played it a few pitches lower, Cobain himself was wary about releasing Come as You Are as a single for this reason. Grohl even drummed on one of their albums as a sign of grattitude.
Cobain actually confirmed and admitted that he stole the riff from Killing Joke. That was the only reason Killing Joke didn't sue.
I thought it was because of his death.
It might have also had something to do with accusations that Killing Joke themselves stole the riff from a Damned song called Life Goes On, but they claimed to have never heard it. And while they sound rather similar it's not the same chord progression and can really be attributed to coincidence, while the connection between Eighties and Come as You Are are uncanny.
I think it's wise that they decided not to sue since they might have been accused of being hypocrites, and also because Cobain never denied when he lifted ideas from other songs. Nirvana helped get a lot of younger people into more obscure bands simply by namedropping them as influences.