December 21, 2005 16:18
Legal action to stop Green Day remix
‘American Edit’ angers band’s label
Green Day’s record company have issued a cease-and-desist order to a DJ team who go by the name Dean Gray.
The pair – known as Party Ben and Team 9 – have reworked and remixed ‘American Idiot’ and found global underground fame.
Despite their original website www.americanedit.net only being active for ten days, internet users around the world soon started to download the tracks, which included ‘Boulevard Of Broken Songs’, which mixed Green Day’s ‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’ with Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall’, Travis’ ‘Writing To Reach You’ and the sample of Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On’ from Eminem’s ‘Sing For The Moment’.
Speaking about ‘American Edit’, Ben told MTV News: “There are also some tracks we did that created entirely new songs, and they're amazing. So we decided to put the entire mashed-up album online. Unfortunately, we were e-mailed a cease-and-desist order, at which point we shut down."
Neither Ben or Team 9 are going to go against Warner Music’s order, with Ben saying: “We’re both a bit too old to lose everything”.
Warner Music have yet to comment on the action.
Talking about the future of ‘American Edit’, Ben said: “What we've done here is as funny as it is groundbreaking, and I feel that we've seeded the Internet with the music, just like (Danger Mouse's) ‘The Grey Album’. So now we'll see what happens.”
He added: “I mean, Danger Mouse went on to produce Gorillaz's ‘Demon Days’ album, so maybe something like that will happen to me. If Damon Albarn calls, I'll listen, for sure. But if someone from Warner calls, I'll probably put them through to my voicemail."