Thursday, May 3, 2012

Tiny Amounts of Hypocrisy

As all of you probably know, I'm a massive Commodore 64 music geek.

Back in 1999...Zombie Nation released a song called Kernkraft 400....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5LW07FTJbI

It didn't take long for people like me (as above, Commodore 64 music geeks) to realise a similarity between this fine song and this one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-p3riaxkJ0

David Whittaker's music from the 1984 game Lazy Jones.

Those cheeky monkey's at Kernkraft 400 - if that is their real name - had used the same riff.

The geeks were outraged and steps were taken to recover rights and cash from Kernkraft.

Today an email dropped into my inbox quoting the following.

"*** Zombie disappointment ***

Long story short: it looks as if David Whittaker
will never recover any rights
to "Stardust" (Lazy Jones subtune 21) used by
Zombie Nation in "Kernkraft 400".

This is heartbreaking, and is mostly due to the
fact that there's a huge difference
between "the law" and "justice": and the little
guy gets the shaft."


Well there you go dear reader, life's not fair shocker.

I actually thought that he had received royalties for this song but it appears not. However... If it had been me,
I would have kept my fool mouth shut.

Ok, my riff has been ripped off but if you listen to the rest of the tune from Lazy Jones, it's David who is the
cheeky one.

We have, Lazy Bones by Hoagy Carmichael, 99 Red Balloons by Nena, music from Close Encounters by John Williams,
Living on the Ceiling by Blancmange, Fade to Grey by Visage and It Happened then by the Electronic Ensemble.


Now, I'm not going to do anything sensible like research, but I'm willing to bet even without researching that some of
the above would be published and or belong to the same small handful of massive record companies now left standing.

It would be like arguing with a friend that he owned you a fiver after you'd borrowed five hundred from him and neither of you had paid each other back yet.


In summary... life is unfair, people in the music industry are ripped off all the time, clearance and credits aren't always
forthcoming, and it's the ones with the richest and bigger dads who will come out the winners...usually.

Having said that... if any bands with bigger dads are reading this, and I know you're all avid readers ;)   then, this is not carte blanche to plunder my back catalogue.


Let's play nice.

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