Who ya gonna call? A lawyer

Yesterday, Gavin posted a great link in the Sidepodcast comments – 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Ghostbusters.

For once, this is a list where I did not, in fact, know any of the items on it. To be honest, though, they aren’t all entirely fascinating, but you must keep reading to the end to uncover this gem:

…you won’t find the music video on the home video version of the movie Ghostbusters, due to a plagiarism suit brought by Huey Lewis in 1984. Lewis charged that the tune to “Ghostbusters” was essentially the same as “I Want a New Drug” by Huey Lewis and the News, which came out six months earlier.

Oh my god, it really, really is. Mr C and I are both in shock about this, are we the only people who didn’t know? Apparently the dispute was settled out of court, but Mr Lewis had quite the claim!

Have a listen to the Huey Lewis song:

And now the Ghostbusters theme:

This makes Men at Work look subtle!

14 thoughts on “Who ya gonna call? A lawyer

  1. I have no memory of ever hearing this before I saw it yesterday either.

    What did Men at Work do?

  2. the post says that producers asked huey to do the theme and he said no. my guess is the wheeled ray parker in and said “make it sound just like huey and we’ll sort out the rest”. that way they got a huey-esque soundtrack and ended up paying him anyways.

    who the heck is ray parker jnr anyway?

  3. that way they got a huey-esque soundtrack and ended up paying him anyways.

    Ghostbusters certainly did better out of it than Huey. I’ve never heard the drug song before.

  4. according to wikipedia:

    Both “Ghostbusters” and “I Want a New Drug” have been accused of lifting their bass lines from the 1979 M song “Pop Muzik.”

    i may need to hear that…

  5. You can see how the Huey Lewis one could just be “similar” to the Pop Music one, though, whilst Ray Parker is a direct, erm, rip-off, for want of a better word.

  6. according to wikipedia:
    Both “Ghostbusters” and “I Want a New Drug” have been accused of lifting their bass lines from the 1979 M song “Pop Muzik.”
    i may need to hear that…

    I thought I had played this on the P show… But unless you are paying attention it’s harder to spot.

    Great title on this post 🙂

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