‘Electric Avenue’ singer Eddy Grant has angrily claimed the Gorillaz have ripped him off with their latest single stylo.
Both Grant and The Gorrilaz are signed to EMI, but this hasn’t stopped the cartoon band from copying his classic track “Time Warp”.
Eddy says “I am outraged that the Gorillaz have infringed the copyright of my song ‘Time Warp’ claiming their song ‘Stylo’ to be an original composition. My song sits almost note to note with their release and is a blatant rip off. ‘Time Warp’ is a very popular song and has been a staple of the DJ scene for many years and I feel total disrespect from Gorillaz and their management company, especially as they are an established act.”
He goes on “I am very angry that this was not picked up by our mutual publisher EMI ‘s administration division. I do not blame my publishers but, the state of the industry at the current time with all labels and publishers folding into one and becoming incestuous. It’s such an obvious copy that from day one the band and their management should have taken control of this situation with EMI Publishing. I would like the outcome to be that the band admits that they have lifted my song, that I have a full credit for the song and an apology from the band.”
We’ve listened to both of them and Eddy certainly has a point – it really is a blatant copy.
Listen for yourself.