Take a trip in my time machine and see the greatness of the Violent Femmes in their prime. A group that became famous not despite, but because of Gordon Gano’s crazy assed voice, as well as the crazed bass playing of Brian Ritchie. Okay, the Victor DeLorenzo’s drumming while standing is something to see, too. I saw them around the time of this video at Zellerbach in Berkeley, and it was the first concert that I saw stage diving and surfing. It fucking ruled.

I was feeling kind of blah until I watched this video. It hella improved my day.

So now the bad news: Being that I don’t watch TV, I was completely unaware that Gordon Gano sold the rights to the song to, of all things, Wendy’s, and it was in a TV Commerical. Um… the fuck? To which Brian Ritchie commented:

Although nearly all of the band’s songs, including “Blister in the Sun”, credit Gano as the sole songwriter, Ritchie responded to the use of the song in the commercial by saying:

“For the fans who rightfully are complaining about the Wendy’s burger advertisement featuring Blister in the Sun, Gordon Gano is the publisher of the song and Warners is the record company. When they agree to use it there’s nothing the rest of the band can do about it, because we don’t own the song or the recording. That’s showbiz. Therefore when you see dubious or in this case disgusting uses of our music you can thank the greed, insensitivity and poor taste of Gordon Gano, it is his karma that he lost his songwriting ability many years ago, probably due to his own lack of self-respect as his willingness to prostitute our songs demonstrates. Neither Gordon (vegetarian) nor me (gourmet) eat garbage like Wendy’s burgers. I can’t endorse them because I disagree with corporate food on culinary, political, health, economic and environmental grounds. However, I see my life’s work trivialized at the hands of my business partner over and over again, although I have raised my objections numerous times. As disgusted as you are I am more so.”

from Wikipedia

While I think that’s a damn shame, it doesn’t ruin the song for me.


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