Following legal advice on Friday, Eddy Grant has released this strongly worded statement regarding Gorillaz’s recent release ‘Stylo’, which he believes infringes the copyright of his song ‘Time Warp’.
The Electric Avenue singer said:
“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.
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.”
Below is Eddy Grant’s ‘Time Warp’ and Gorillaz’s ‘Stylo’ what do you think?