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Posted on 2019.04.11 at 18:14
Today is the birthday of Bruce Watson, a Canadian born Scot guitarist for the Scotlish group, Big Country, known for guitars that sounded like bagpipes.  I actually thought they could have sounded more like bagpipes, but I can't complain.  It was a rousing band, especially in their album, The Crossing, which is the album I have. I see them as a kind-of Scotland version of Australia's, Midnight Oil. Unfortunately, Big Country lost a member, Stuart Adamson, to suicide in 2001.  I don't think Midnight Oil ever lost any members, except to politics, but another Land-Down-Under Band, Men At Work, lost Greg Ham in 2012.  Here is the interesting back-story to that, which you may remember...

In February 2010 Larrikin Music Publishing won a case against Hay and Strykert, their record label (Sony BMG Music Entertainment) and music publishing company (EMI Songs Australia) arising from the uncredited appropriation of "Kookaburra", originally written in 1932 by Marion Sinclair and for which Larrikin owned the publishing rights, as the flute line in the Men at Work song, "Down Under".[21] Back in early 2009 the Australian music-themed TV quiz, Spicks and Specks, had posed a question which suggested that "Down Under" contained elements of "Kookaburra".[22]

Larrikin, then headed by Norman Lurie, filed suit after Larrikin was sold to another company and had demanded between 40% and 60% of the previous six years of earnings from the song.[23] In February 2010 the judge ruled that "Down Under" did contain a flute riff based on "Kookaburra" but stipulated that neither was it necessarily the hook nor a substantial part of the hit song (Hay and Strykert had written the track years before the flute riff was added by Ham).[24] In July 2010 a judge ruled that Larrikin should be paid 5% of past (since 2002) and future profits.[25] Ham took the verdict particularly hard, feeling responsible for having performed the flute riff at the centre of the lawsuit and worried that he would only be remembered for copying someone else's music,[26] resulting in depression and anxiety.[27] Ham's body was found in his Carlton North home on April 19, 2012 after he suffered a fatal heart attack at age 58.[6]

Well, our old friend, Australian Julian Assange, (who entered the Ecuadoran Embassy in 2012), was taken into new custody today. I was planning to write a little about this, and more, in this post, as, "News of Today," but I am just too tired now... However, my general opinion is that this is a probably good, and predictable, development. More later. To see my community related to Assange and more, go to wiki_truth. Godnicht, yo.


divinelyelegant at 2019-04-12 13:39 (UTC) (Lien)

Wow, I remember the lawsuit but I don’t think I ever knew what resulted. I remember it was a huge deal.

Then forgive me for referencing this but I remember not long after that (I think) one of One Direction’s members (whichever one) commented he couldn’t hear any resemblance of Summer Lovin intro with That’s what makes you beautiful’s intro... 😕

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madman101 at 2019-04-13 01:25 (UTC) (Lien)
Yeah, I never knew of the connexion until now. Don't want to be glib, but I thought Ham was being both honourable and stupid. Too bad.

I should also have mentioned the suicide of the guy in Frightened Rabbit.

I don't think I've heard One Direction, since I've been disconnected for a few reasons. But they sound like a great group and very digestible. Nice to see cute Irish boys making it big. I don't know about the similarity on those two song but my guess is you are probably right. There are similarities in so many songs, especially from newer artists.

I hope you are feeling well lately.
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