First Person To Ask “Where’s The Beef?” Has Their Entire Slash Records Collection Confiscated

From the AP's Larry Neumeister :

Violent Femmes Bassist Brian Ritchie sued lead vocalist Gordon Gano (above) on Wednesday, saying he was deprived of credit for some of the group's songs and a proper accounting of its earnings.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, also accuses Gano of trashing the band's reputation by allowing its signature hit, "Blister in the Sun," to be used in a Wendy's commercial.

Gano, reached by telephone at his Manhattan home, called the lawsuit "a complete surprise" — especially since the band still regularly performs and just returned from a tour in South Africa.

"This action is the unfortunate culmination of an ongoing intra-band dispute between Ritchie and Gano over Gano's misappropriation and misadministration of Ritchie's interests in the jointly owned songs and assets of the band, misappropriation of assets solely owned by Ritchie, improper accounting and nonpayment of royalties," the lawsuit said.

The Wendy's deal was a buzz-kill for the band's fan base, the suit says, causing one fan to comment in an online blog that after hearing "Blister in the Sun" in a commercial, "My ears perked up. Then my jaw dropped. Then my heart sank."

If there's any consolation for Ritchie, he should know the earlier version of the Wendy's spot featuring the Dead Kennedys' "Holiday In Cambodia" has done nothing to besmirch that band's reputation. 


6 thoughts on “First Person To Ask “Where’s The Beef?” Has Their Entire Slash Records Collection Confiscated”

  1. Why do people care if music they like is used in a commercial? I really want someone to explain it to me. Wendy’s needed music, Gordon Gano makes music. Sounds like a useful partnership. Devo’s songs are in fucking everything! Does it make “Are We Not Men?” any less awesome? Negative.

  2. Amen, Justin. I am pretty sick of this holier-than-thou indie music b.s. attitude when it comes to providing music for adverts. Many musicians struggle to make ends meet–why begrudge them the opportunity to put a baconator or two on their tables?

  3. Why would anyone want to use a song called “Blister in The Sun” to sell food..doesnt strike up the best image… then again.. have you ever had Wendy’s Chili…… ?

  4. It’s a lot more complicated than just ‘music needs to go here, this guy makes music’. Calling it “this holier than thou indie music b.s. attitude” is exaggerating and compensating for lack of knowledge and any real argument. It’s about principles. I, like some others, believe if advertising is going to exist in this world, it should exist on its own. Art (also in my opinion and that of others) should have nothing to do with selling product. Art was always intended sit on the other end of that spectrum. It comes from human emotion, it’s raw. Advertising couldn’t be further from the human spirit. If fans hear the two intertwined, we feel betrayed, we feel like the emotions we thought we felt when listening to the music, or the principles we trusted in were betrayed, or wrong to perceive. Kind of like being broken up with and told that the person never loved you anyway.

    That a good enough perception for you?

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