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Dreamed 1996/8/21 by Chris Wayan

Band poster for the Soggy Diapers. Sketch of a dream by Wayan. Click to enlarge.

I follow the story of a commercially unsuccessful European band. They struggle for years, play small venues.

Then a few players break off. They change their name, but they still occasionally use the original name as a variant or subtitle of their new one. They play exactly the same songs--music they didn't write--without giving the original band credit. And in a year or less, they become one of the biggest acts on the Continent!

What held the old band back? I suspect it was their name. Would you brag to your friends that you saw the Soggy Diapers? Great songs, but...

Several years later, rich and famous, the ripoff band tells their lawyers to sue the Soggy Diapers (who are still playing small clubs) for trademark and copyright infringement! For using their own name, for playing songs they wrote! The ripoff band wants absolute ownership of the songs. Songs they didn't write. Songs their old bandmates have generously let them play without a fight. Songs that made them rich.

The evidence is all on the side of the original band of course--so the rich splinter happily tells their lawyers to go FRAME the Diapers: bribe club owners, burn the booking records, forge contracts... whatever it takes.

The sheer scale of their ingratitude and dishonesty blow me away. Isn't there a Chutzpah Award?


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