4 Years Ago (2017)
Nothing was posted on the site during this period. I was chilling in the sun and detoxing from technology.
8 Years Ago (2013)
I was overdosing on “Be Somebody” from Thousand Foot Krutch.
And “Teaser” from Tommy Bolin.
10 Years Ago (2011)
We lost Gary Moore at 58 to a heart attack.
11 Years Ago (2010)
A judge found that Men at Work ripped off a 1932 children’s song called “Kookaburra” for the flute riff of “Down Under”.
This decision still shocks people in Australia, especially how a corporation which owns the copyright to the song reaps the benefits.
As the artist who created “Kookaburra” has been gone for a long time.
23 Years Ago (1998)
We lost Tim Kelly from Slaughter who died in a car accident at age 35.
62 Years Ago (1959)
Don McLean said it was “the day the music died” in his 1971 hit “American Pie”.
The event he was talking about were the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson in a plane crash in 1959.
9 thoughts on “The Week In Destroyer Of Harmony History – 31 January to 6 February”
I used to listen to Krutch. I haven’t in a long while. Nice reminder. That Men At Work one makes no sense. I am surprised that song wasn’t in the public domain yet. Crazy and a rather late filing as that song had been out for maybe 25 years by that point.
Yep that Men At Work one still gets discussed. And it even led to the death of Greg Ham (the flutist) who took the verdict pretty hard.
Crap! I didn’t know that part either. That is sad.
Gary Moore’s passing was a drag as I bought all of his 80’s output and whatnot. What a stellar guitarist and songwriter. Will listen to Run For Cover today at some point.
That Men at Work one had me running to YouTube to check out the similarities. That one is a real stretch for me.
There’s nothing there and the Kookaburra song should have been in the public domain but from what I’ve read a paperwork issue has kept it in copyright because it got sold from one corporation to another as part of a catalogue. Whatever that means.
Yeah, I never understood how copyright doesn’t expire if someone owns it. If that remains the case, nothing will ever be public domain again.
The general rule these days is life of artist plus 70 or 90 years depending on the country. So eventually they will enter the public domain unless the laws get changed again.
Interesting. Well, that is reassuring.