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    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.
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    The smiths all over again....
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    the Bassist has always come across as an ass to me


    but this is really surprising
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    Bryan Ritchie is the man. Gordon Gano is the primadonna.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bug on your lip View Post
    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.
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    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.
    I am going to get so blown to Cypress Hill while they play.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by full on idle View Post
    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
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    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
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    If it would've been Chris Whitley up there? Man...that'd be a different STORY.

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    well that's obvious
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    Chris Whitley didn't NEED a magic controller to buzzy panties. He did it on his OWN.

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    this is getting too serious,
    let's talk about Okkervil River instead
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    Okkervil River makes a lot of panties buzzy
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomAz View Post
    Okkervil River makes a lot of panties buzzy
    I thought that was The Flaming Lips...?
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    Because fucking millenials that's what

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    Wendy's uses the term "pick up window" to help better differentiate itself from its competitors. It's true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyzzz View Post
    I thought that was The Flaming Lips...?
    I was speaking metaphorically.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mob roulette View Post
    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.

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    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...
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