Lana, What?

Turns out Lana Del Rey was... mistaken? about Radiohead having brought a lawsuit against her. After me leaping to her defence. I'm very disappointed. Amanda Petrusich, writing in The New Yorker, tells us: Eventually, Warner/Chappell*, Radiohead’s publisher at the time of the song’s release, refuted her claim: “It’s clear that the verses of ‘Get Free’…

Crazy Copyright Claim

Gotta say I hope Radiohead (or their lawyers) lose this case:

Pop star Lana Del Rey says she’s being sued by Radiohead for copying their breakthrough single, ‘Creep.’

I’m not a fan of Lana Del Rey, but I just listened to her song, ‘Get Free,’ and the only similarity is the chord progression in the first verse. You can’t claim copyright in a chord progression. Or if you can, you shouldn’t be able to.

If the chords and the melody were the same, they’d have a point, but even then apparently they want 100% of the publishing royalties; don’t the words count? Del Rey has offered them 40%, and I think that’s way too much.

I’m amused that the album containing the song gets its title from a doubtless much better one by the same name: Lust for Life. There’s no copyright in titles, of course.

Weird. I go to Ted Leo's Soundcloud page. A track by someone called Lil Purpp starts playing. Nothing to do with Leo or the page I'm on, as far as I can see.

Not the Nails I’m Looking For

I got an email from Songkick about a forthcoming gig in Camden by Nails.

You’ll recall, being the avid reader of this blog that you are, that a while ago — OK, six years ago — I wrote about a great song called ’88 Lines About 44 Women’ by a band called The Nails. I know nothing else by them, but the idea of seeing that song live in a tiny basement club is pretty cool.

But I had my suspicions. Especially when the first comment on the Songkick page was all about how it was the loudest gig they’d ever been at. Clicked through to the band’s page, played the video there, and it was immediately obvious that the hardcore band Nails are not indie/new wave/whatever band The Nails.

Just goes to show the difference a definite article can make. Nails sound pretty good, but I don’t think I’ll be going.

You Choose

Funny where thoughts of current affairs take you. All the fawning (and, to be fair, condemnatory and neutral) coverage of Trump's bombardment of a Syrian air base in response to Assad's gas attack have stated the quantity and type of munition that was used: "59 Tomahawk Cruise missiles." Those of us who lived under the…

Looking Back and Forward

My recent and forthcoming live music experiences all involve bands of my youth that have reformed and are touring their old material. ((Or a mixture of old and new, as with The Rezillos.)) Wallowing in nostalgia, some might call it. But there’s nothing inherently wrong with bands getting back together. It can be problematic if…

Punk and Hugo

I hadn't come across Garageland London before, though I approve of the name. ((It's named after a Clash song, as if you didn't know.)) They came across my radar the other day with a piece called Cease and Desist: An open letter to Brewdog from PUNK, which says: It has recently been brought to our…

Garden and Barbican

Spent most of today in the garden, making a start on clearing it up for the summer. Not exactly gardening, as such. More gathering sticks and leaves, and putting them into brown bins for collection. Nice day for it, though. Then this evening to the Barbican, for the New York Philharmonic doing a couple of…

Interesting Lineup

Interesting generation-spanning lineup at the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park: Green Day headlining, with the lower-on-the-bill bands including The Damned and The Stranglers. Interesting questions of seniority there. They should really get Stiff Little Fingers as well, for the full High Fidelity vibe.