Gorillaz, the cartoon band headed by Blur’s Damon Albarn, has triumphantly returned after five years with Plastic Beach, an album which we kinda liked. But with great celebrity comes its share of controversy. Case in point, the fictional band is being threatened with an actual lawsuit.
The potential plaintiff is none other than UK reggae artist Eddy Grant, the man behind “Electric Avenue”. The song in question, though, is Grant’s 1977 track “Time Warp”, which Grant says is way too similar to the band’s song “Stylo” to be mere coincidence.
“I am outraged that the Gorillaz have infringed the copyright of my song “Time Warp”, claiming their song “Stylo” to be an original composition,” Grant said.
EMI Publishing, who represents each of the acts, released a statement saying this was “a private matter between Eddy Grant and Gorillaz.”
You can hear both Grant’s song and the Gorillaz track below and decide for yourself. You can also check out the latter in person when the band’s on tour in the UK starting March 21st before heading to the U.S. for Coachella.
Gorillaz 2010 Tour Dates:
03/21 Portsmouth, UK @ Wedgewood Rooms
03/22 Bristol, UK @ Trinity
03/23 Cambridge, UK @ Junction
03/25 Brighton, UK @ Old Market
03/26 Birmingham, UK @ Irish Centre
03/27 Lincoln, UK @ Shed
04/18 Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival