Eddy Grant claims Gorillaz' 'Stylo' copies his song Grant says band's recent single rips off his 1983 track 'Time Warp'

by The Editor


Eddy Grant claims Gorillaz' 'Stylo' copies his song Grant says band's
recent single rips off his 1983 track 'Time Warp'



http://www.nme.com/news/gorillaz/50227

Eddy Grant said he is consulting lawyers after claiming there are
substantive similarities between Gorillaz' recent single 'Stylo' and
his 1983 song 'Time Warp'.

Speaking to NME.COM, Grant said he feels the keyboard section on his
song is the same as the recent release from Damon Albarn and co, and
even suggested that the track's creators were aware of the clash.

"Damon Albarn knows in his heart of hearts – it's unfortunate that we
cant get into people's hearts – he knows that this is a song that he's
loved, in his club days…I don't know the guy…but he knows this is a
song he loves," he claimed, although he admitted that he had never met
Albarn and had not realised the Blur man was behind Gorillaz until
recently.

Ironically, Grant explained that both he and Gorillaz/Albarn share the
same publishing company, EMI, and was critical that they had not
highlighted the issue to him before the new song's release.

"It has to go back to the beginning, where it should have started with
a phone call from Damon to my publisher. My publisher would have
contacted me – the publisher being of course the same EMI that looks
after his [music]," he explained.

Grant suggested EMI have consulted a musicologist to compare the two
tracks before he had been made aware of 'Stylo''s existence.

"In a properly configured relationship I would have gotten a call from
EMI to say, 'Damon wants to use 'Time Warp'. What arrangement can you
guys come to? Would you claim 100 per cent, would you claim 60 per
cent, or 70 per cent of whatever it is?'," he suggested.

"That phone call never came. Instead what happened is somebody went
straight to a musicologist, implying that there was some kind of
pre-knowledge of some kind of infringement."

A spokesperson for EMI Publishing told NME.COM: "This is a private
matter between Eddy Grant and Gorillaz, and we're not intending to
make any further comment."