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Some iconic images turn up again and again in media. You probably already know them, even if you've never seen the original.

Contrast with Pieta Plagiarism, Sistine Steal and Art Imitates Art. In those cases, the idea is not bring back the original to our minds, but to impress us with the ideas they convey.


Examples:

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Music

  • The cover of The Beatles' Abbey Road is now its own trope.
    • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band also has lots of pricey ripoffs (as it deals with several agreements from people unwilling to have their faces plastered over an LP filled with "stoner's music").
    • The cover of With The Beatles, with the band's half-shaded faces, also gets copied often.
    • Annie Lebovitz's photo of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, taken hours before his assassination.
  • For a brief period of time, the album cover for Whipped Cream and Other Delights by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.
  • The cover of Elvis Presley's ... has an iconic font, which has been replicated or made fun of in several album covers, including Tom Waits's Rain Dogs, The Clash's London Calling and quite a few others.
  • Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction Cross and Skulls cover. Two great tastes that go together, and emulated by countless tattoo artists.

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