June 17, 2006

Fucktard of the week!!! ("I'm a kind of famous" edition)

by Chris Randall

Speaking as a "kind of famous" person, you just have to know when to say when. This might make it in to Fucktard Of The Year contention. (Thanks, TD!)



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Jun.17.2006 @ 10:20 PM
Dude. Why the fuck doesn't he get a back up band and kick Van Halen where it hurts. I just don't get it. If he has the rights to play this why not play it right. Fuck! This is blasphemy. It's like like having Bob Moog put put the SH-201.

Jun.17.2006 @ 10:25 PM
Chris Randall
Well, I don't know about all that. But anyone has the right to cover any song they want. DLR has been touring on Van Halen material for years, in much the same way that Vince Neil has been touring Motley Crue material.

That doesn't really make it good.



Jun.17.2006 @ 10:54 PM
fuck, what? ouch.....

Jun.17.2006 @ 10:59 PM
penzoil washington
i feel embarrassed for his kids

Jun.17.2006 @ 11:49 PM
Is it just me or is even the banjo and violin players trying to not burst out in laughter?

Jun.18.2006 @ 12:04 AM
David Lee Roth is, I think, slightly (but not much) smarter than everyone gives him credit for. He's clearly in on the joke, look at his delivery. It's just that it's not nearly as funny as he thinks it is, but rather painful. He gets fucktard points not for doing it, because he's obviously doing it as a gag, but for overestimating his own ability to carry the joke.

Jun.18.2006 @ 12:05 AM
Aenemone Carbuncler
why is he covering that Aztec Camera song anyway?

wow, what a find, it gets funnier every time. thanks!


Jun.18.2006 @ 1:33 AM
Aenemone Carbuncler
BTW: Chris, I recall RevCo couldn't cover--at least release (Let's Get) Physical, so how does that work?
I know live is fair game, but then do you need permission to release that recording? Permission or just pay?
just curious how that works.

Jun.18.2006 @ 4:07 AM
You can cover whatever you want when doing performances or even on an album.
The problem comes when it gets famous. Normally if the song doesn't change, there shouldn't be a problem. If you start adding or changing a few words, you need to go thru publishing but not the artist.
I'm on this compilation where we all covered standards "diamonds are a girls best friend" etc... it's all electronica and sounds almost nothing like the original , mine doesn't, nothing was asked by the label who set the project up.

all those tribute cds don't go directly to the management and ask for permission. They just do it.
Weird al asks permission but he doesn't have to and he even changes a few words.
It's just respect if you ask the artist.

The reason let's get physical was a problem had more to do with the name revolting cocks... but i think they had a problem after they released it. but someone needs to clear that up.


Jun.18.2006 @ 9:58 AM
Chris Randall
Yeah, there's a difference between an interpretation and a cover. An interpretation changes the lyrics or changes the top-line melody (or both). In either case, they're compulsory licenses.

Normally, a composer or author doesn't have the right to prevent anyone from doing a direct cover. If you want to release a song written by someone else, you just go to the Harry Fox site (or whatever the analog for Harry Fox is in your country) and buy a license for however many copies you plan on releasing of that song and call it a day. Otherwise, your label pays mechanical royalties to the composer/author's publishing company, avoiding the annoying Harry Fox process.

In the case of "(Let's Get) Physical," it's my understanding that Olivia Newton John blocked the release of the RevCo track via the label. (Warner Bros. owns Sire, of course. Or did at the time; I don't keep track of that shit any more.) You can cover anything you want, but if the label won't put it out, it doesn't matter whether you have the right or not.

At any rate, there's a lot of information about this sort of thing on the Harry Fox site, if you want to do a cover.



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