Searched for this topic but couldn't find it. Anyways howdy ATS its been awhile! Fox's show Glee is back to picking on musical artist. Its still up in
the air but they ripped Coulton's version of baby got back and are re-selling it on itunes.
In the “Sadie Hawkins” episode of Glee, the kids did a version of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s iconic “Baby Got Back.” Except it wasn’t just any
version of “Baby Got Back.” It wasn’t even their version. It was, seemingly, a cover of a cover; Glee covering Jonathan Coulton covering Sir
This all started before the episode aired, and Glee went ahead and aired his version and only tweaked to vocals.
Coulton’s arrangement is decidedly different from Sir Mixalot‘s, a unique arrangement that’s all his own. So when Glee covered the song
on the recent episode, it was obvious to Coulton himself – and any Coulton fan – where the arrangement came from. The versions were so similar,
the Glee version included Coulton’s line “Johnny C’s in trouble.” In the original, it says ”Mix-A-Lot’s in trouble.” FOX later dropped
that line from the Glee performance.
When Coulton asked them about it, he was given this response
The show's producers, who haven't spoken publicly about this flap, reportedly told Coulton that using his version is well within their legal
rights. They told me "I should be happy for the exposure," writes Coulton, "even though they do not credit me, and have not even publicly acknowledged
that it's my version."
Jonathan Coulton's has decided to re-release his cover of baby got back, calling it Baby Got Back (In the Style of Glee) even though its the same
exact version. All profit of the song will go to charity.
edit on 1/30/2013 by Mcupobob because: Changing vid
Okay, I assumed you didn't listen to Coulton's version. Its completely different from sir-mix-lot's version. Different tone, different instruments.
I'm not sure if your saying covers are sound all the same and don't require any work on the cover artists part. If thats the case your wrong, its
like saying Johnny Cash's cover of Hurt by the nine inch nails is the exact same song and there forth redundant.
So lets say glee downloaded Johnny Cash's cover of Hurt, slapped their name on it and re-released on itunes. Because thats what they did to Coulton,
they stole from him and are making money off his work.
The Above Top Secret Web site is a wholly owned social content community of The Above Network, LLC.
This content community relies on user-generated content from our member contributors. The opinions of our members are not those of site ownership who maintains strict editorial agnosticism and simply provides a collaborative venue for free expression.
All content copyright 2014, The Above Network, LLC.