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Was listening to streaming dance music at night, and I heard Lasgo’s “Sky High” song. I immediately thought of Rick Rude’s theme song in World Championship Wrestling (not the lyrics, the music).
WCW went bankrupt and was bought over by Vince McMahon’s WWE, however theme song music has always been a legal point of contention. I believe WCW hired in-house artists for Rick Rude’s song, called “Simply Ravishing”. The CD WCW Slam Jam 1 says “Jimmy Papa” produced and arranged all the songs. He should know about Lasgo’s “Sky High”.
If Lasgo’s studio/label/producer/lawyers didn’t pay for rights, I think whoever owns the rights to “Simply Ravishing” should know about the similarity. If “Simply Ravishing” has been abandoned or whatever, so be it. I’m not a lawyer. I’m not accusing Lasgo (one of my favorite artists) of copying “Simply Ravishing”. I don’t have the facts, and am just letting people know how I feel about the two songs sounding alike.
“Simply Ravishing” was one of my favorite songs back in the 1990s, and I instantly heard the similarity.
You can be the judge.
Lasgo Sky High (link set to play at 1:15)
Full song (or skip to 1:15)
Simply Ravishing (link set to play at 0:49)
Full song (or skip to 0:49)
If you feel I am correct, you can spread the word so the original artists or copyright holders of “Simply Ravishing” can decide what they want to do.
Go on the Youtube and search for Lasgo Sky High and Rick Rude Simply Ravishing, and post a comment- something like, “Lasgo’s Sky High” sounds like “Rick Rude’s Simply Ravishing”.
You can also Tweet this post, put it on Facebook, or whatever forums or websites you see fit, including Lasgo’s social and official websites. You may want to hit some WWE or pro wrestling sites as well. You can paste this article URL address link into it as well so people can get some background: http://skew.dailyskew.com/2012/06/lasgo-sky-high-sounds-like-rick-rude-wcw-theme.html
PWInsider.com has acquired the lawsuit filed by James D. Papa against WWE, their Stephanie Music subsidiary, longtime WWE composer Jim Johnston and Michael Hayes.
Papas and Hayes co-wrote many of the songs used by WCW in the early 1990s for their “Slamjam CD” as well as the classic “Badstreet USA” song sung by Hayes and used for decades as his theme music.
In the lawsuit, Papas noted that he and Hayes co-wrote “Badstreet USA”, which was recorded and turned into a music video for World Class Championship Wrestling. Papas registered the song with BMI so he could properly receive credit and royalties due for usage of the song.
In 1992, Papas worked with WCW to create an additional 11 songs, many of which were released through the WCW CD “Slamjam” and were used as theme songs for their wrestlers during that era.
Papas noted in the suit that he was contacted by THQ regarding the usage of the “Badstreet” song for their Legends of Wrestlemania videogame. THQ initially made an offer to Papas for the song then rescinded it, claiming that WWE owned the song.
Papas contacted BMW to check on the registrations of his songs and alleges that “Badstreet” had been “improperly and erroneously” re-registered by the defendants and given a new registration number, so that ownership and royalties due would instead go to the defendants. Papas claimed that he was able to get the song registration corrected but “by that time, THQ had decided not to use the song.” Instead, a similar sounding song about “Freebirds running wild and free” was used by THQ for the game.
Papas alleged in the lawsuit that upon investigating his other works, there had been an “history of omissions and errors” made by WWE that prevented Papas from his proper credit and royalties for usage of the songs.
Papas claims that his songs were re-registered to WWE instead listed Jim Johnston and/or Michael Hayes as the songwriters/composers of the material and Stephanie Music as the publisher.
Papas also alleged that WWE wrongfully infringed on his music by using the material on the Triumph and Tragedy of World Class Championship Wrestling DVD (“Badstreet USA”), in ring tones released by WWE and in numerous older matches broadcast on WWE’s Classics on Demand VOD service.
Papas noted that “due to Defendant WWE’s erroneous registrations and its failure to submit proper cues to BMI, Plaintiffs have not received any payment or royalties in connection with these performances.”
Papas is seeking a declaration from the court that he, not the defendants, is the owner and composer of the songs in question, that WWE does not have any right to the material, whatever “relief” he is awarded by the court and for WWE to cover all of his court and attorney costs.
In 2004, Papas filed a similar suit against the PA-based RF Video for selling videos of old WCW material that featured Papas’ songs from the Slamjam CD. That lawsuit ended with a court ruling that RF Video and owner Rob Feinstein were required to pay Papas $250,000 in damages on 11/9/05.
WWE was faced with a similar lawsuit several years ago from the composers of the original Extreme Championship Wrestling songs, Harry “Slash” Grivas and Roderick Kohn. In that suit, WWE ended up settling for a confidential amount of money and purchased their ECW library of music outright.
WWE and the other defendants were served the week of 7/25 and have yet to respond to the suit.