Friday, September 22, 2006

Apparently This Beat Is Still Very Vital

File this in the "You have got to be freakin' kidding me" section:
On Friday, attorneys representing The Knack's Doug Fieger and Berton Averre — songwriters of the 1979 chart-topping hit "My Sharona" — filed a copyright-infringement lawsuit in Los Angeles against the members of Run-DMC, claiming the rappers did not have permission to sample the song's core riff in one of their most recognizable tracks, "It's Tricky."
The plaintiffs want money (of course), but – get this – the lawsuit also includes Rick Rubin, Arista Records, Rush Groove Music, Rush Communications, online music retailers Yahoo, Amazon, Napster, iTunes and others as defendents. Additionally, the songwriters demand the "permanent injunction barring the sale, reproduction, and commercial release of 'It's Tricky.'" So basically, Fieger and Averre want to vanquish the song from the face of the Earth and receive royalties from it. They also would like to know if a tree makes a sound when it falls but no one is there to hear it.

Of course, the obvious question is, why the hell wasn't any legal action taken sooner? After all, "It's Tricky" was released in 1986. Apparently, for the past twenty years Fieger and Averre have lived under a rock that died under a larger rock, because they never heard "It's Tricky" until 2005. In the year 2020 Fieger and Averre will discover the internet and start a complaint at

Instead of suing Run-D.M.C., the songwriters should be grateful that "It's Tricky" sampled their song. As if the enormous success of the hip-hop group somehow diminished the significance or sales of "My Sharona." If anything, "It's Tricky" probably crossed-over hip-hop fans to listen and buy The Knack's records.

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