Saturday, July 01, 2006

TOM ISN'T PETTY

Tom Petty agrees that the Chili Peppers' Danni California sounds like his Mary Jane’s Last Dance; however, he doesn't intend to issue financial demands.

Can he really be working in the music industry with that sort of attitude?

Yes:

“The truth is, I seriously doubt that there is any negative intent there. And a lot of rock & roll songs sound alike.”

“Ask Chuck Berry. The Strokes took ‘American Girl’ (for their song’“Last Nite’), and I saw an interview with them where they actually admitted it. That made me laugh out loud. I was like, ‘OK, good for you.’ It doesn’t bother me.”


Would he ever sue?

“If someone took my song note for note and stole it maliciously, then maybe.”

“But I don’t believe in lawsuits much. I think there are enough frivolous lawsuits in this country without people fighting over pop songs.”


Thank god there's someone with a bit of perspective left. Although he should still have had Stefani in court when she ripped off the Don't Come Around Here vid.


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The label decides. Tom has no control of anything music-related. He spoke out about the bullshit contracts a few years ago and the RIAA mob burned down his house.

Chris Brown said...

Strictly speaking, as we're talking about songs rather than recordings here, it's the publisher's decision, but much the same applies (unless he owns his own publishing rights, which some people do).

Mind you, my wife reckons he copied the song off 'Waiting For The Sun' by the Jayhawks anyway.

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