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(TMZ)   Ray Parker, Jr. sues for royalties for his Ghostbusters song, says he would have tried to claim them earlier but didn't know who to call   (tmz.com) divider line 78
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2013-10-01 08:48:26 AM  
Does Huey Lewis still get a chunk of that?
 
2013-10-01 09:01:00 AM  

Sybarite: Does Huey Lewis still get a chunk of that?


He'd better!
 
2013-10-01 09:02:58 AM  

Sybarite: Does Huey Lewis still get a chunk of that?


My first thought too.
 
2013-10-01 09:04:30 AM  
Ray Parker Sr. should have taught his son more about timeliness in opportunism.
 
2013-10-01 09:06:12 AM  
ironicironies.com
 
2013-10-01 09:07:02 AM  
Done in one. Thread over. Shut down like the government. Someone turn out the lights and lock the door.

Sounds like Ray Parker, Jr. needs a new drug
 
2013-10-01 09:09:04 AM  

Russ1642: Sybarite: Does Huey Lewis still get a chunk of that?

My first thought too.


Mine, too.
 
2013-10-01 09:13:53 AM  
Anyone mention Huey Lewis yet?
 
2013-10-01 09:14:50 AM  
Hey, what about Huey Lewis??!
 
2013-10-01 09:15:22 AM  
It's a shame about Ray...............
 
2013-10-01 09:17:25 AM  
Huey Lewis has a big penis.
 
2013-10-01 09:17:37 AM  
Whom?
 
2013-10-01 09:18:47 AM  
I want a new duck
One that won't try to bite
One that won't chew a hole in my socks
One that won't quack all night
 
2013-10-01 09:19:37 AM  

Sybarite: Does Huey Lewis still get a chunk of that?


It should all go to THE BAR-KAYS

How they are not mentioned in this whole thing is ridiculous.  Ghostbusters is overwhelmingly a Soulfinger rip-off
 
2013-10-01 09:19:53 AM  
I guess Ray forgot all about Huey Lewis.
 
2013-10-01 09:20:16 AM  
Would Led Zepplin get a cut too?

Whoa there, sorry...Zep was the band ripping off OTHER artists!

/wonder if I'll get any bites for this one
//but it's true

http://www.warr.org/zep.html#Thieves

And Richie Blackmore was NOT the first to come up with the riff for Smoke on the Water....

I'm of the opinion that Ray Parker didn't so much plagarize...it just happened to be released in the same time frame as Huey Lewis.  Put that song on the air 15yrs later and it probably wouldn't have raised an eyebrow.
 
2013-10-01 09:22:03 AM  
I'm surprised nobody's mentioned that the song is a rip-off of Huey Lewis.  I guess that must not be widely known.
 
2013-10-01 09:24:41 AM  

THX 1138: I'm surprised nobody's mentioned that the song is a rip-off of Huey Lewis.  I guess that must not be widely known.


Actually, I didn't know. But now I know several times. No details, of course, cuz' who needs those.
 
2013-10-01 09:24:49 AM  

ristst: Would Led Zepplin get a cut too?

Whoa there, sorry...Zep was the band ripping off OTHER artists!

/wonder if I'll get any bites for this one


If by bites, you mean "people who totally agree", then I guess you got one from me.

/i do like zeppelin but yes, they were sometimes stealing stealers who stealed.
 
2013-10-01 09:25:03 AM  
Thank goodness for this thread, or I would have never gone to research what really happened with Huey Lewis.  This is the story, as it turns out.

Huey Lewis sued Ray Parker Jr for stealing "I Want a New Drug".  Huey Lewis was sued by M for stealing "Pop Muzik".

Ray Parker ended up suing Huey Lewis for breaking confidentiality after it came out that Huey, in fact, won his case.

So it seems everyone was ripping off Huey Lewis the whole time.  Who knew?
 
2013-10-01 09:26:17 AM  
I like how Fark is basically becoming a word-association game for mouth breathers.

Ray Parker Jr...

Huey Lewis!!!!!
 
2013-10-01 09:26:21 AM  
Ray Parker Jr.'s early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Ghostbusters came out in '84, I think he really came into his own, commercially and artistically. The song has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the chorus a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Ray has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor.
 
2013-10-01 09:35:01 AM  

rocinante721: Sybarite: Does Huey Lewis still get a chunk of that?

It should all go to THE BAR-KAYS

How they are not mentioned in this whole thing is ridiculous.  Ghostbusters is overwhelmingly a Soulfinger rip-off


Not sure I hear the Ghostbusters theme in there, but awesome song nonetheless. I love this video. It's as if The Warriors were in a band instead of a gang...
 
2013-10-01 09:36:00 AM  
I like that song he did with Michael Jackson.
 
2013-10-01 09:36:05 AM  

Primitive Screwhead: Ray Parker Jr.'s early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Ghostbusters came out in '84, I think he really came into his own, commercially and artistically. The song has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the chorus a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Ray has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor.


coolaggregator.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-10-01 09:36:51 AM  
The intro to this actually had a fairly decent reproduction of the song.

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-10-01 09:37:47 AM  
Pryor's Place.
 
2013-10-01 09:38:15 AM  
Ray Parker, Jr. sues for royalties for his Ghostbusters song, says he would have tried to claim them earlier but didn't know who to call

Saul?
 
2013-10-01 09:42:25 AM  

ristst: Would Led Zepplin get a cut too?

Whoa there, sorry...Zep was the band ripping off OTHER artists!


Nancy Wilson once told a story that Iggy Pop came up to her and Ann after a Heart show and accused them of ripping him off with the song "Baracuda". Nancy told him no, they ripped off Zeppelin.
 
2013-10-01 09:46:58 AM  

ristst: Would Led Zepplin get a cut too?

Whoa there, sorry...Zep was the band ripping off OTHER artists!

/wonder if I'll get any bites for this one
//but it's true

http://www.warr.org/zep.html#Thieves



1. What Zeppelin fans don't know this?

2. Why do so many people love to be that guy,  the one who "reveals" this "dark secret" that everyone already knows?
 
2013-10-01 09:53:20 AM  

browntimmy: ristst: Would Led Zepplin get a cut too?

Whoa there, sorry...Zep was the band ripping off OTHER artists!

/wonder if I'll get any bites for this one
//but it's true

http://www.warr.org/zep.html#Thieves


1. What Zeppelin fans don't know this?

2. Why do so many people love to be that guy,  the one who "reveals" this "dark secret" that everyone already knows?


Oooh, I am SO schooled.

BTW...Vader is Luke's father, Bruce Willis' character is actually dead, and Rosebud is a sled.
 
2013-10-01 09:54:11 AM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: I like how Fark is basically becoming a word-association game for mouth breathers.

Ray Parker Jr...

Huey Lewis!!!!!


Parker Lewis Can't Lose!!!!
 
2013-10-01 09:57:44 AM  

ristst: BTW...Vader is Luke's father, Bruce Willis' character is actually dead, and Rosebud is a sled.


I haven't seen Titanic yet - please no spoiler.
 
2013-10-01 09:59:44 AM  

dryknife: ristst: BTW...Vader is Luke's father, Bruce Willis' character is actually dead, and Rosebud is a sled.

I haven't seen Titanic yet - please no spoiler.


Then I won't mention the shocking ending of APOLLO 13.
 
2013-10-01 10:04:33 AM  
I don't know all the details but I never understood the whole Huey Lewis thing.  So it sounds similar, most music does.  Is the first ska band entitled to sue everyone after them because they sound similar?

/Metallica patents E and F chords
 
2013-10-01 10:11:58 AM  
Since there's a Weird Al thread above and Huey Lewis in this one I feel this is relevant.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fk15H6PjBis
 
2013-10-01 10:19:16 AM  
RAY PARKAR JR PLEASE MAKE GOSTBUSTERS THREE! THANK U!!!1
 
2013-10-01 10:23:55 AM  

ristst: browntimmy: ristst: Would Led Zepplin get a cut too?

Whoa there, sorry...Zep was the band ripping off OTHER artists!

/wonder if I'll get any bites for this one
//but it's true

http://www.warr.org/zep.html#Thieves


1. What Zeppelin fans don't know this?

2. Why do so many people love to be that guy,  the one who "reveals" this "dark secret" that everyone already knows?

Oooh, I am SO schooled.

BTW...Vader is Luke's father, Bruce Willis' character is actually dead, and Rosebud is a sled.


No, but your post would have been relevant like...35 years ago.
 
2013-10-01 10:44:16 AM  

rocinante721: Sybarite: Does Huey Lewis still get a chunk of that?

It should all go to THE BAR-KAYS

How they are not mentioned in this whole thing is ridiculous.  Ghostbusters is overwhelmingly a Soulfinger rip-off


Austin Millbarge: [Listening to faint music] It's... "Soul Finger" by the Bar Kays
Emmett Fitz-Hume: They must be havin' a hard time getting gigs.

/Need to see that movie soon
 
2013-10-01 11:04:34 AM  

Sybarite: Does Huey Lewis still get a chunk of that?


Everybody's first thought, congrats on being quickest.

In other news, guess which minor celebrity is broke this week?
 
2013-10-01 11:07:30 AM  
Do I get a cut for having to listen to that song on the radio both in it's original presentation and in it's shameless use in almost every radio and TV commercial produced in 1984.

Need a new car?
Whoyougonnacall?

Want great pizza fast?
Whoyougonnacall?

Suffering from STDs and pregnant?
Whoyougonnacall?
 
2013-10-01 11:11:21 AM  
Bustin' makes me feel good!
 
2013-10-01 11:11:41 AM  

durbnpoisn: Thank goodness for this thread, or I would have never gone to research what really happened with Huey Lewis.  This is the story, as it turns out.

Huey Lewis sued Ray Parker Jr for stealing "I Want a New Drug".  Huey Lewis was sued by M for stealing "Pop Muzik".

Ray Parker ended up suing Huey Lewis for breaking confidentiality after it came out that Huey, in fact, won his case.

So it seems everyone was ripping off Huey Lewis the whole time.  Who knew?


I never heard anything about Lewis being sued for ripping off Pop Muzik.

jbtilley: I don't know all the details but I never understood the whole Huey Lewis thing.  So it sounds similar, most music does.  Is the first ska band entitled to sue everyone after them because they sound similar?

/Metallica patents E and F chords


To be fair, Lewis had been approached to compose the theme of Ghostbusters first. I suspect when he turned the filmmakers down because of scheduling conflicts he was bitter that they then (allegedly) asked Parker to come up with a Lewis-sounding song.

/"Get me Huey Lewis's non-union African-American equivalent!"
 
2013-10-01 11:11:53 AM  

Sybarite: Does Huey Lewis still get a chunk of that?


He don't need money...
 
2013-10-01 11:14:42 AM  

ristst: Would Led Zepplin get a cut too?


If you had to sort out all that big hair every morning, you'd start singing blues too
 
2013-10-01 11:19:35 AM  

ristst: Would Led Zepplin get a cut too?

Whoa there, sorry...Zep was the band ripping off OTHER artists!

/wonder if I'll get any bites for this one
//but it's true

http://www.warr.org/zep.html#Thieves

And Richie Blackmore was NOT the first to come up with the riff for Smoke on the Water....

I'm of the opinion that Ray Parker didn't so much plagarize...it just happened to be released in the same time frame as Huey Lewis.  Put that song on the air 15yrs later and it probably wouldn't have raised an eyebrow.


Zepplin stealing is a bit of a stretch though, the band was gonna list them but their manager stopped them from giving any credits away because it meant less money for them and ultimately him as well. This is the same huge man who was a dick to promoters, shoved people who wouldn't get out of his way, and was overall just a huge douchebag. Jimmy Page was apologetic to artists who influenced and who they had based a few of their songs but ultimately saying they are thieves is crazy since most of their best songs were original, they hits I wouldn't consider their best. Also I forget the documentary I saw but they wound up paying those old blues artists later.

I still don't know how the bar-kays deserve anything though.
 
2013-10-01 11:20:20 AM  
If things don't seem right in the area that you're living in, you should dial the phone number of the ghostcatchers
 
2013-10-01 11:23:50 AM  

Combustion: No, but your post would have been relevant like...35 years ago.


I forgot to mention to everyone that the Beatles broke up.  Damn, I'm bummed on that one.

Did anyone see the Brady Bunch last nite?  Good episode...
 
2013-10-01 11:31:40 AM  

steamingpile: ristst: Would Led Zepplin get a cut too?

Whoa there, sorry...Zep was the band ripping off OTHER artists!

/wonder if I'll get any bites for this one
//but it's true

http://www.warr.org/zep.html#Thieves

And Richie Blackmore was NOT the first to come up with the riff for Smoke on the Water....

I'm of the opinion that Ray Parker didn't so much plagarize...it just happened to be released in the same time frame as Huey Lewis.  Put that song on the air 15yrs later and it probably wouldn't have raised an eyebrow.

Zepplin stealing is a bit of a stretch though, the band was gonna list them but their manager stopped them from giving any credits away because it meant less money for them and ultimately him as well. This is the same huge man who was a dick to promoters, shoved people who wouldn't get out of his way, and was overall just a huge douchebag. Jimmy Page was apologetic to artists who influenced and who they had based a few of their songs but ultimately saying they are thieves is crazy since most of their best songs were original, they hits I wouldn't consider their best. Also I forget the documentary I saw but they wound up paying those old blues artists later.

I still don't know how the bar-kays deserve anything though.


www.lanzbom.org
 
2013-10-01 11:33:15 AM  
Why not? Any excuse to post this

/Ray is the guitarist in the grey hat behind Stevie
 
2013-10-01 11:40:47 AM  
he claims the song itself accounted for more than $20 million of box office profits.

I doubt that Ghostbusters made any profit.
 
2013-10-01 12:06:01 PM  

steamingpile: Zepplin stealing is a bit of a stretch though, the band was gonna list them but their manager stopped them from giving any credits away because it meant less money for them and ultimately him as well. This is the same huge man who was a dick to promoters, shoved people who wouldn't get out of his way, and was overall just a huge douchebag. Jimmy Page was apologetic to artists who influenced and who they had based a few of their songs but ultimately saying they are thieves is crazy since most of their best songs were original, they hits I wouldn't consider their best. Also I forget the documentary I saw but they wound up paying those old blues artists later.


Oddly enough, I never saw The Song Remains the Same until recently...and man, you aren't kidding about Peter Grant being one nasty sumbiatch.  The scene where he's ripping the venue guys for bootleg t-shirts comes to mind, and that was probably one of the milder ones from what I've read about him.
 
2013-10-01 12:10:21 PM  
I want a new duck
 
2013-10-01 12:18:02 PM  

steamingpile: Sybarite: Does Huey Lewis still get a chunk of that?

Everybody's first thought, congrats on being quickest.

In other news, guess which minor celebrity is broke this week?


And I thought that illegal torrents were to blame, now to find out it music labels?
 
2013-10-01 12:26:17 PM  

steamingpile: Zepplin stealing is a bit of a stretch though, the band was gonna list them but their manager stopped them from giving any credits away because it meant less money for them and ultimately him as well. This is the same huge man who was a dick to promoters, shoved people who wouldn't get out of his way, and was overall just a huge douchebag. Jimmy Page was apologetic to artists who influenced and who they had based a few of their songs but ultimately saying they are thieves is crazy since most of their best songs were original, they hits I wouldn't consider their best. Also I forget the documentary I saw but they wound up paying those old blues artists later.


I'm pretty sure Dazed and Confused was a 100% ripoff, and it wasn't by an old blues dude.
 
2013-10-01 12:28:29 PM  

Broktun: I'm pretty sure Dazed and Confused was a 100% ripoff, and it wasn't by an old blues dude.


It's about 80% They changed the lyrics and some of the instrumentation (and vastly improved the song in the process).
 
2013-10-01 12:30:06 PM  

Harry Freakstorm: Do I get a cut for having to listen to that song on the radio both in it's original presentation and in it's shameless use in almost every radio and TV commercial produced in 1984.

Need a new car?
Whoyougonnacall?

Want great pizza fast?
Whoyougonnacall?

Suffering from STDs and pregnant?
Whoyougonnacall?


Better call Saul?
 
2013-10-01 12:31:25 PM  
i970.photobucket.com

/admins need to delay greenlighting GB threads until afternoon :P
 
2013-10-01 12:54:41 PM  
Terrible song. He should pay me for having to hear it.
 
2013-10-01 01:20:04 PM  
He just wants to work with Cindy Harrell again:

imvdb.com
 
2013-10-01 01:29:52 PM  

jbtilley: I don't know all the details but I never understood the whole Huey Lewis thing.  So it sounds similar, most music does.


The movie producers tried to sign Huey Lewis to write the theme but they couldn't close the deal.

Then they hired Ray Parker Jr, and told him to do something like "I Want A New Drug."

So, yeah, it was kinda a blatant rip-off of Huey Lewis.
 
2013-10-01 01:48:50 PM  

browntimmy: 2. Why do so many people love to be that guy,  the one who "reveals" this "dark secret" that everyone already knows?


Because 'they" dont wan't you to know but I do

img.fark.net
 
2013-10-01 01:51:25 PM  
img72.imageshack.us
 
2013-10-01 02:02:54 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: He just wants to work with Cindy Harrell again:

[imvdb.com image 598x344]


i36.photobucket.com
 
2013-10-01 03:07:50 PM  

jbtilley: I don't know all the details but I never understood the whole Huey Lewis thing.  So it sounds similar, most music does.  Is the first ska band entitled to sue everyone after them because they sound similar?

/Metallica patents E and F chords


I essentially agree with you, but the Ray Parker/Huey Lewis story goes beyond that.  At least from what I've read.  The Ghostbusters producers wanted Huey Lewis to do the theme song, but for whatever reason he said no.  So they got Ray Parker to do it, and asked him to essentially sound like Huey Lewis.  Or something like that.  There *was* more to it than coincidence.
 
2013-10-01 03:11:05 PM  

LeroyB: I guess Ray forgot all about Huey Lewis.


News to him, I'm sure.
 
2013-10-01 03:34:59 PM  

THX 1138: ristst: Would Led Zepplin get a cut too?

Whoa there, sorry...Zep was the band ripping off OTHER artists!

/wonder if I'll get any bites for this one

If by bites, you mean "people who totally agree", then I guess you got one from me.

/i do like zeppelin but yes, they were sometimes stealing stealers who stealed.


Ah, more idiots with the absurdly selective fixation on Zeppelin and the erroneaous idea that they somehow borrowed more freely or gave less credit than 99% of the rest of the entire rock and roll genre. Nobody with any real knowledge of music history believes it, boys, only losers like yourselves. And I'm not even a huge Zeppelin fan.
 
2013-10-01 04:01:25 PM  
what's that? Ray parker, Jr. is a money-grubbing whore?
 
2013-10-01 04:17:12 PM  

doctor wu: THX 1138: ristst: Would Led Zepplin get a cut too?

Whoa there, sorry...Zep was the band ripping off OTHER artists!

/wonder if I'll get any bites for this one

If by bites, you mean "people who totally agree", then I guess you got one from me.

/i do like zeppelin but yes, they were sometimes stealing stealers who stealed.

Ah, more idiots with the absurdly selective fixation on Zeppelin and the erroneaous idea that they somehow borrowed more freely or gave less credit than 99% of the rest of the entire rock and roll genre. Nobody with any real knowledge of music history believes it, boys, only losers like yourselves. And I'm not even a huge Zeppelin fan.


www.maniacworld.com
 
2013-10-01 04:33:03 PM  

walkerhound: I like that song he did with Michael Jackson.


Wrong singer - That was Rockwell
 
2013-10-01 04:43:47 PM  

Vidwiz: walkerhound: I like that song he did with Michael Jackson.

Wrong singer - That was Rockwell


The Ghostbusters guy did a song with Rockwell?
 
2013-10-01 04:45:41 PM  

Snapper Carr: Why not? Any excuse to post this

/Ray is the guitarist in the grey hat behind Stevie


One of my fave live performance vids, and the height of badassery for any children's show.
 
2013-10-01 04:49:17 PM  

ristst: steamingpile: Zepplin stealing is a bit of a stretch though, the band was gonna list them but their manager stopped them from giving any credits away because it meant less money for them and ultimately him as well. This is the same huge man who was a dick to promoters, shoved people who wouldn't get out of his way, and was overall just a huge douchebag. Jimmy Page was apologetic to artists who influenced and who they had based a few of their songs but ultimately saying they are thieves is crazy since most of their best songs were original, they hits I wouldn't consider their best. Also I forget the documentary I saw but they wound up paying those old blues artists later.

Oddly enough, I never saw The Song Remains the Same until recently...and man, you aren't kidding about Peter Grant being one nasty sumbiatch.  The scene where he's ripping the venue guys for bootleg t-shirts comes to mind, and that was probably one of the milder ones from what I've read about him.


Yeah Peter Conlon is a big promoter in Atlanta and had a nasty encounter with him.
 
2013-10-01 04:58:23 PM  

walkerhound: Vidwiz: walkerhound: I like that song he did with Michael Jackson.

Wrong singer - That was Rockwell

The Ghostbusters guy did a song with Rockwell?


HAHAHA, great twist.


/Yes, I came to this thread to post HUEY LEWIS!
 
2013-10-01 05:11:47 PM  

jbtilley: I don't know all the details but I never understood the whole Huey Lewis thing.  So it sounds similar, most music does.  Is the first ska band entitled to sue everyone after them because they sound similar?

/Metallica patents E and F chords


It makes more sense when you know that at the time, Huey Lewis and the News was the hottest thing on the radio, and were approached by the movie company to make a song for Ghostbusters. For whatever reason, Lewis turned them down. Then comes Ray Lewis Jr, with a song that is way too close to be a coincidence.
 
2013-10-01 05:17:14 PM  
I see I should have read the rest of the thread before posting so redundantly.

/unashamed fan of Huey Lewis
//my second date with my now wife was a Huey Lewis and the News concert in 1998, and they still put on an amazing show
 
2013-10-01 09:49:38 PM  

Two16: [ironicironies.com image 657x546]


cdn.business.transworld.net
I ain't afraid of no ghost.
 
2013-10-01 10:41:36 PM  

THX 1138: The intro to this actually had a fairly decent reproduction of the song.

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 450x275]


It's also one of the worse games of all time.  Granted, it had so much potential, but to call it mindnumbing and unfun would be an understatement.
 
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