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Kids on Pink Floyd album sue for royalties

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by LoKyBuckeye, Nov 29, 2004.

  1. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand. Staff Member

    http://www.cbc.ca/story/arts/national/2004/11/26/Arts/PinkFloyd041126.html

    Kids on Pink Floyd album sue for royalties
    Last Updated Fri, 26 Nov 2004 19:34:46 EST

    LONDON - A group of former schoolchildren who made the line "We don't need no education" famous may soon have some extra pocket money.

    That's because the one-time students, now thirtysomething adults, are suing to recover royalties they are owed for working on the Pink Floyd song Another Brick in the Wall Part 2.
    'The Wall' was produced by Canada's Bob Ezrin. (CP photo)

    Taken from the 1979 album The Wall, the song is instantly recognizable for the lines "We don't need no education/We don't need no thought control/No dark sarcasm in the classroom/Teachers leave them kids alone."

    The Wall was produced by Canada's Bob Ezrin, who was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at this year's Juno ceremony.

    The 23 ex-pupils, who were teenagers at the time the song was recorded, are not suing the band; instead, they are taking advantage of a royalty fund established by a new copyright law in 1997.

    Broadcasters pay into the fund, and under the legislation the children qualify as session musicians. They stand to gain the equivalent of a few hundred dollars each.

    Their claim has been hard to establish because the recording session was done in secret. The song's lyrics were considered scandalous at the time.

    At the band's request, music teacher Alun Renshaw took the children, then students at Islington Green School, to a nearby studio without the permission of the school's headmistress.

    "I viewed it as an interesting sociological thing and also a wonderful opportunity for the kids to work in a live recording studio," Renshaw, who now lives in Australia, told Britain's Evening Standard newspaper.

    The headmistress later banned the children from appearing on Top of the Pops to sing the song. They were also not allowed to appear in the song's video.

    The Wall shot to the top of the charts, and went on to sell more than 12 million copies.
     
  2. BuckeyeTillIDie

    BuckeyeTillIDie The North Remembers

    Well, I guess they should get some money. I hope it's not something astronomical though.. it's only the chorus of the song.
     
  3. AKAK

    AKAK If you hear the siren its already too late Staff Member Tech Admin

    Yeah- I read this article last week... Big mistake on Pink Floyd's part. And while it shouldn't be a huge amount of money... I think for a little while Roger ouoght to be happy he's legally not part of Pink Floyd anymore.

    The worst part is that they probably could have gotten out of this by having each kid sign a waiver and giving them 5 pounds each... but I suppose they then would have had to get the parents involved (to sign) and all sorts of crap.

    And... in the context of the song... what's the irony of this:

     
  4. ScarletInMyVeins

    ScarletInMyVeins Tanned Fat Looks Better

    I don't think this qualifies as astronomical... just a hunch though :wink2:
     
  5. AKAK

    AKAK If you hear the siren its already too late Staff Member Tech Admin

    Yeah- I need to read more carefully... I'm barely into my first cup of coffee.
     
  6. ScarletInMyVeins

    ScarletInMyVeins Tanned Fat Looks Better

    Dude... try crack in the morning, that seems to work well for Tibor. Maybe DiHard will give you some of his "juice" to get a jumpstart in the morning. Evidently Coffe just isn't getting it anymore after all of the paintchips you've been consuming. :biggrin:
     
  7. AKAK

    AKAK If you hear the siren its already too late Staff Member Tech Admin

    No kidding... I was thinking of quitting Paintchips for Lent...and then I realized, I don't even know when lent is.
     
  8. ScarletInMyVeins

    ScarletInMyVeins Tanned Fat Looks Better

    Lent is that stuff in between your toes and in your bellybutton... dont eat that stuff you'll go insane!
     
  9. AKAK

    AKAK If you hear the siren its already too late Staff Member Tech Admin


    oops.
     
  10. ScarletInMyVeins

    ScarletInMyVeins Tanned Fat Looks Better

    You should seek immediate PCP medical Attention. this is a serious issue
     
  11. AKAK

    AKAK If you hear the siren its already too late Staff Member Tech Admin

    huh?

    Wha?
     
  12. ScarletInMyVeins

    ScarletInMyVeins Tanned Fat Looks Better

    I see that it's already setting in... :crazy:
     
  13. AKAK

    AKAK If you hear the siren its already too late Staff Member Tech Admin

    the killer awoke before dawn... he put his boots on... he took a face from the ancient gallery....and he... he walked on down the hall.... and then he went into the the room where his sister lived... and then he... he paid a visit to his brother and then he... he walked on down the hall.
     
  14. ScarletInMyVeins

    ScarletInMyVeins Tanned Fat Looks Better

    ummm, yeah. You lost me on that one there Baron
     
  15. AKAK

    AKAK If you hear the siren its already too late Staff Member Tech Admin

    Its the Doors.. I should have been more obvious... sorry... I was trying to demonstrate the depth of my lent stupor
     
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2004

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