RUSTLERS RAID FARM

Early '90s baggy stars claim that Los Rios's novelty hit was nicked from them...

THE FARM are claiming that international dancefloor smash ‘Macarena’ was stolen from a song on the band’s 1991 album ‘Spartacus’.

Their old label, Liverpool-based Produce Records, has taken the giant BMG Entertainment group to court, claiming 1996’s ‘Macarena’ by LOS DEL RIO infringes copyright of ‘Higher And Higher’ by the early-’90s baggy group.

In court last Monday (January 18) BMG, Los Del Rio‘s label, argued that under copyright law even if parts of ‘Macarena’ were similar to parts of ‘Higher And Higher’, the similarities were ‘not substantial’ to warrant a judgement against them.

The company asked Judge Parker to strike the case out. However, after listening to the two records and tapping his pen in time to the beat, the judge ruled the case should go to a High Court hearing. A date is yet to be fixed.

The Farm, led by Peter Hooton, had hits in 1990 with ‘Groovy Train’ and ‘All Together Now’. The band split in 1992 after releasing six albums. Hooton has been working on various musical projects around his hometown of Liverpool since the demise of The Farm. It has been rumoured the band may be getting back together to record new material.

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