I've watched many interviews with great song writers and musicians who often mention other artists who inspired their music, some will admit to taking this homage almost to the point of plagiarism. I've also listened to the multi-tracks of great songs and switched off everything except the drums and the bass. In most of them, this renders the output as generic - that song could be anything by anybody (including me). In others, the song is instantly recognisable from just the drums and bass. This could be put down to the unmistakeable groove or the fact that the bass is playing the melody. Do you have a line that you don't cross? and if so - where is it?