In tribute to their homeland, Men At Work base their flute riff in "Down Under" on an old Australian nursury rhyme from the 30s.
The guy who wrote the original flute riff dies in 1988 and that song's copyright transfers to a record company.
In 2007, the owner of that record company gets a bunch of phone calls saying, "Yesterday on a tv quiz show, one question was 'What children's song is contained in the song 'Down Under'? and the answer was 'Kookaburra' - a song that you own."
In 2009, the record company sues two members of Men At Work for copyright infringement, asking for 40-60% of all royalties of the song over the last 35+ years and moving forward.
He actually wins. He doesn't get half of all 35+ years profits, but he gets 5% from 2002 forward. That's a $700,000 payout and about $37,000 a year from now on.
Singer Colin Hay later suggests that the band's flute player's death, and his own father's death, came from the stress of the lawsuit.
"The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side." - Hunter S. Thompson
All that aside - what a fantastic, fun, unique, peculiar track.
Post by Doc Indie Party Rock on Apr 1, 2018 3:54:08 GMT -5
It's incredible how I have not commented on this thread. These are my favorite songs of all time.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers"The Waiting" The charm of Tom and Ric , and others is that they did not have the greatest vocals, but somehow had the perfect vocals for the songs they wrote. This is without a doubt ; my favorite Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, song. There are many, but this one captures, the theme of the title, perfectly with that intro.
Police"Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" Another of my favorites. I had a cassette of "Zenyatta Mondatta" that I palyed till it got tangled and ruined my cassette player. This album was great too, but by then I had graduated to vinyl.
Quarterflash"Harden My Heart" How hot was Quarterflash. Songs like this and "Only The Lonely" from the Motels really put the sax into 6th gear. "Find Another Fool" was Fierce as Quarterflash can get.
J Geils Band"Centerfold" True story. This has some of my favorite lyrics of all time. The MV was a dream come true for coming of age horndog.
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts"I Love Rock 'N' Roll" easily in my top 50 rock songs of all time. Her vocals were gruff but damn sexy at the same time. Joan Jett is partly the reason I flipped over newcomer DIAMANTE's vocals and debut single "Coming In Hot".
Van Halen"Oh Pretty Woman" Few cover songs actually make me glad they were made. This is one of them. I don't think this would have worked with any other vocalist but David Lee Roth.
Tommy Tutone"867-5309/Jenny" One hit wonder, but catchy as anything that ever graced the radio. Rick Springfield does a crazy mash up of this song, 'Stacy's Mom" and his own classic "Jessie's Girl" he calls it "What if Jessie's Girl was Stacy's Mom, and her phone number was 867-5309?". Entertaining as f**k. www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlJI9-39ByU
Scorpions"No One Like You" True story. Scorpions are coming to Tijuana. Am I going? f**k YEAH!
Rainbow "Stone Cold" I'm glad you included this song. An Underrated AOR classic. BYW, all these songs live on my 45's collection.
John Cougar"Hurts So Good" I don't know if John would be considered "rock n rool" now days?, but this song is such a bop.
38 Special"Caught Up in You" Easily my favorite song by this band. party rock jam, if there ever was one.
Survivor"Eye of the Tiger" So which came first? The song or the movie, cuz these lyrics fit the the film to a T. Mr. T.
Eddie Money"Think I'm in Love" I would rather have Apollonia shaking her tits on my dashboard, but this was also one of my favorite Eddie Money singles of the 80's
Billy Squier "Everybody Wants You" You can't go wrong when your song's intro is revving up a muscle car motor.
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