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fatbastard
08-16-2007, 08:05 AM
Violent Femmes embroiled in NY lawsuit By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press Writer
Thu Aug 16, 7:54 AM ET

NEW YORK - Fresh off their latest tour, 1980s folk-punk favorites the Violent Femmes are headed for a surprise gig in federal court.

Bassist Brian Ritchie sued lead vocalist Gordon Gano 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.

"We just played a really, really good tour," he said. "Since the early '80s, everything's really good. We're playing better than ever."

In the suit, Ritchie claims he founded the band in 1980, taking on drummer Victor DeLorenzo that year and Gano in 1981.

After releasing a self-titled debut album, "Violent Femmes," in 1983, the band gained fame with hits including "Blister in the Sun," "Add It Up" and "Special." It recorded at least 10 albums and toured the world at least a dozen times, the lawsuit said.

"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."

The suit seeks a ruling declaring Ritchie half owner of the band's songs and an accounting of past and future royalties and unspecified damages.

Gano declined to respond to the claims in detail, except to say he wrote the band's songs with one or two exceptions.

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
08-16-2007, 08:07 AM
The smiths all over again....

bug on your lip
08-16-2007, 08:09 AM
the Bassist has always come across as an ass to me


but this is really surprising

full on idle
08-16-2007, 10:25 AM
Bryan Ritchie is the man. Gordon Gano is the primadonna.

chairmenmeow47
08-16-2007, 12:29 PM
the Bassist has always come across as an ass to me

me too. when i saw them in 2006, he'd walk to the front of the stage and act like fabio, giving the audience this arrogant "i know i'm sexy" look (when he most certainly is not). it's like he cums in his pants everytime he steps forward on the stage. i couldn't stop laughing at him.

thinnerair
08-16-2007, 12:33 PM
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."



this guy is a total pussy and a half.

full on idle
08-16-2007, 01:51 PM
You're all idiots.

What if it was Thom Yorke unhappy about someone sellling his song to a commercial? Then you'd all be up in arms.

Chairmenmeow, I swear to god I never agree with anything you say. It's almost like law.

chairmenmeow47
08-16-2007, 02:24 PM
You're all idiots.

What if it was Thom Yorke unhappy about someone sellling his song to a commercial? Then you'd all be up in arms.

Chairmenmeow, I swear to god I never agree with anything you say. It's almost like law.

lol, i just don't like the guy. i can see why he's upset, he just seems like a douche. i didn't really say anything about the lawsuit. but that's funny that we never agree. sometimes it just works out that way :)

bug on your lip
08-16-2007, 02:30 PM
i saw Femmes twice....
1st at an outdoor festival in Omaha in like '95....they totally rocked mah face

then in a theatre in '98 in Minneapolis...that show that Bassist just acted like an ass the whole show.... posing... acting bored with the songs... just a whiny bitch..... it was a real downer

full on idle
08-16-2007, 02:31 PM
If it would've been Chris Whitley up there? Man...that'd be a different STORY.

bug on your lip
08-16-2007, 02:32 PM
well that's obvious

full on idle
08-16-2007, 02:35 PM
Chris Whitley didn't NEED a magic controller to buzzy panties. He did it on his OWN.

bug on your lip
08-16-2007, 02:39 PM
this is getting too serious,
let's talk about Okkervil River instead

TomAz
08-16-2007, 02:42 PM
Okkervil River makes a lot of panties buzzy

amyzzz
08-16-2007, 02:46 PM
Okkervil River makes a lot of panties buzzy
I thought that was The Flaming Lips...?

mob roulette
08-16-2007, 02:46 PM
Wendy's uses the term "pick up window" to help better differentiate itself from its competitors. It's true.

TomAz
08-16-2007, 02:47 PM
I thought that was The Flaming Lips...?

I was speaking metaphorically.

full on idle
08-16-2007, 02:49 PM
Wendy's uses the term "pick up window" to help better differentiate itself from its competitors. It's true.

I just gave you a really funny voice in my head saying that.

PassiveTheory
08-16-2007, 04:17 PM
Heh, yeah, 80s bassists have had a long hallowed history of splitting up bands due to aesthetic issues; i.e. Peter Hook saying that New Order was done before the band came to an agreement...

It's very disappointing for me as a bassist to see these heroes of mine act like this...