Updated 07:01 AM EDT, Sun, Oct 25, 2020

Robin Thicke: "High on Vicodin and Alcohol" While Recording 'Blurred Lines'

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In the wake of a looming copyright infringement trial, singer Robin Thicke is coming clean about the details that surrounded his mega hit "Blurred Lines." Problems arose for Thicke when the children of Marvin Gaye decided to press charges, alleging that Thick, Pharrell and T.I. had ripped off their father's song, "Got to Give it Up."

The three artists had consistently denied that copying parts from the song was never intentional, and while it may have been a point of reference, it was never duplicated exactly as previously done.

With the trial set to get underway in Jan. of 2015, Thicke and Pharrell have submitted depositions, which revealed some more wrinkles to the already chaotic plot. The Hollywood Reporter was able to obtain copies of the depositions.  

"I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio," Thicke said. "My recollection is when we made the song. ... I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit."

Thicke was given co-writer privileges on the song which entitled him too 18-22 percent of the overall distribution profits. Naturally, if he was high off pharmaceuticals and alcohol at the times, its unlikely he was much of help to Pharrell in writing the song.

Thicke initially said in 2013 that he and Pharrell had worked equally as hard on writing the song. "Pharrell and I were in the studio and I told him that one of my favorite songs of all time was Marvin Gaye's 'Got to Give It Up.' I was like 'Damn, we should make something like that, something with that groove.' Then he started playing a little something and we literally wrote the song in about a half hour and recorded it."

The real irony in the story is that Thicke is now being sued for something that he wanted credit for. Analysts have already given their opinions on the similarity between the two songs. Most feel that Marvin Gaye's children have a good chance at winning the suit, especially now that Thick seems to be coming undone.

Pharrell also spoke in the deposition, trying to explain why he had let Thicke take credit for something that was not involved with. "This is what happens every day in our industry," Pharrell said in his deposition. "You know, people are made to look like they have much more authorship in the situation than they actually do. So that's where the embellishment comes in."

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