GARBAGE are being sued by the music publishers of 60s band AMERICAN BREED, who claim that they have ripped off their hit ‘BEND ME, SHAPE ME’ in ‘I THINK I’M PARANOID’.
According to reports on Allstar news on www.cdnow.com, a lawsuit was filed by American Breed last week at the United States District Court in California, claiming that ‘I Think I’m Paranoid’ infringes upon their song, which was a hit in December 1967 and spent 12 weeks in the US Billboard chart. It was the band’s only UK hit, reaching Number 24 in February 1968.
The suit has been lodged against Garbage and their former record label, Almo Sounds, as well as Rondor Music International, Almo Music Corps, Deadarm Music, Irving Music and Vibecrusher, who have been involved with the band’s publishing.
It claims that ‘I Think I’m Paranoid’ contains “significant elements of both music and lyrics wilfully taken from the plaintiff’s song, without [their] authority, license or consent, nor is credit given to the writers and [the original’s publishers] Helios, thereby confusing the public as to the true creators and owners of the infringing song”.
The Garbage album ‘Version 2.0’ was released in 1998 in the US with no mention of any other songwriter on the track in the sleeve-notes.
Helios Music Corps, who launched the suit, have asked for damages, including Garbage‘s profits. The case could go to jury trial.