• Jun 9, 2009
Bankruptcy is often not a clear-the-books-and-start-over process, but a continuation of one's troubles with people still piling on top of a business on its knees. Evan Dando, founder of alt-rock band The Lemonheads, is the latest to throw himself onto the GM scrum.
The songwriter is suing General Motors for allegedly copying the group's song It's a Shame About Ray for a series of Chevy and Buick commercials from 2008. Dando is said to be seeking damages and a share of the profits from the campaign. You can check out the commercials with the alleged ditty swipe after the jump.

[Sources: The Associated Press (via Google); YouTube | Image: Saltlick]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Doesn't anyone find it funny that this band is only somewhat famous for covering "Mrs. Robinson" by SIMON AND GARFUNKEL about 10 years ago. So much for originality.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The guy deserves some money, without a doubt. He won't get anythign from profits but he'll get money from copyright infringment.

      This is no different than a Chinese company copying another design, tweeking it just a little and calling it their own. Yet there is a lack of outrage over and in fact if there is any it's aimed at the orginal artist. If this were Chery copying even a headlight from an Impala all hell would break loose.

      Does anyone see the irony in this?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Outrage from chinese copying designs? I'm sorry, did I miss the thousands of people who marched on Washington over that issue? Or maybe the dude from Coldplay lecturing his audience about it? Nah those things didn't happen.... all that happens is companies file lawsuits when their designs are stolen. I guess that qualifies as outrage and "all hell breaking loose"

        Well considering this guy filed a lawsuit, you can consider there to be plenty of outrage and plenty of hell breaking loose.


        Side note: no need to crucify GM on this one. I'm sure GM's marketing guys don't call up the advertising agency "Yeah, hey Bob here from GM. We have a song recorded... can you make a TV ad to go with it?" Of course GM is ultimately responsible for it, but lets not make them out to be the devil for stealing some poor guy's song when they likely had no idea where the song came from.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is this guy nuts? They sound nothing alike. He needs to work on not sounding so flat when he sings....... As with any company in bankruptcy that yoiu wanna sue, get in line
      • 5 Years Ago
      (Puts on Dad from the 50`s cap on)

      Maybe he will be able to afford a damn haircut if he wins!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chord progression sounds about the same, vocals subsituted by some kind of whistling.... there's more than passing resemblance to The Lemonheads' song. Arrangements and sound are different, but if you play Metallica's Enter Sandman on trombones, it's still Enter Sandman.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I didn't hear it at first and I KNOW the song...
        but the second listen though.... there it is. and I could
        really see the point.... maybe you'd say it's not GM's fault
        it was an Ad Agency... well it's GM that benefited from
        the use of his copyrighted material.

        before you say WHAT "benefit", they're broke,
        I'll point out that GM did make money,
        the balance sheet is complex so don't simplify it to say they didn't
        make money just cause it's hard to understand a companies earnings
        when it's that large.

        bottom line is that they sold cars using the Lemon Heads song

        I think if you were an artist
        and someone used YOUR ART for their own gain
        you'd expect some compensation or something.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is not "enter the sandman"
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. At first I thought it sounded nothing like the song. But once you hear the whistling, its becomes obvious. They just sped the tempo up a bit and replace the lyrics with whistling.

        Just because GM is in trouble doesn't mean they get to take other people's property and use it as their own without proper compensation. He'll get some money this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Kami:

        Thank you, O enlightened one!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. If you were to listen to the original, then whistle it by yourself and record it, then listen to the commercial and your whistling back to back, you would realize that the hooks are identical. The thing is, the song would be better the way GM did it (faster tempo, bouncing rock guitar riffs), but they should have paid this guy to use his stuff to begin with. Also, profit has nothing to do with it. Artists get paid regardless of whether or not their material helps someone make money. I'm sure the guy who wrote the ad copy and the crew that shot the commercial got paid. The artist who wrote the music is no different.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know if this Dando guy has deep enough pockets for his share of the (profits) that GM made last year.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, the judge should order he receive 100% of gm's profits for last year.

        What a moron.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a publicity stunt to me because we have never heard of him. Is this piling on or just whipping a dead horse?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry, I guess it just wasn't my kind of music. I still think it's just an attention getting device and will go nowhere in court, but I have been wrong before. It wasn't my intention to offend you personally. I envy your memory, and I remember the Kingston Trio, the Brothers Four, Peter, Paul and Mary very well including the words to their songs, so that gives you an idea of my increasing age.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Publicity stunt?! We have never heard of him?! Don't you remember the Lemonheads?! I must say that I do not and never did particularly care for this band, but somehow my sensitivity about my increasing age forces me to reply: the Lemonheads' biggest hit, "Into Your Arms," peaked at 67 on the 1993 Billboard charts (and Number 1 on the modern rock charts), and Evan Dando was voted one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1993. I guess most people who were in high school at the time would probably remember that, but those older or younger might have no clue... How quickly we are all relegated to the dustbin of history (and most of us without even being recognized by People Magazine, eh?).
      • 5 Years Ago
      I also had this album, and I can't hear any resemblance to "It's a Shame About Ray." Evan must be running short on cash to fund his crack habit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a douche.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That sounds nothing like the song. Sounds more like a one-hit wonder in need of some cash.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If he wants a share of the profits, but the company lost money, does he have to give GM that money, since the profits were negative? I think they should make this clown repay GM for losing the money they did, thanks to his song.
      • 5 Years Ago
      He should pay GM for the horrible results of his work. Clueless...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm sure GM could pretty easily argue that there were no profits.
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