It looks like Avril Lavigne could finally have a good reason to dress in all black and look pouty. Rubinoos bandmembers Tommy Dunbar and James Gangwer have sued Lavigne over the song “Girlfriend” from her latest album, The Best Damn Thing. Apparently Dunbar and Gangwer feel the best damn thing she could have done was come up with her own lyrics as “Girlfriend” treads perhaps too closely on some of their lines. E! Online compares the two songs:
“Hey, hey, you, you, I wanna be your boyfriend,” goes the Rubinoos’ track, while Lavigne, of course, opines, “Hey, hey, you, you, I don’t like your girlfriend,” among other “hey, hey, you, you” attention-getting devices, including “I want to be your girlfriend” and “I know that you like me.”
Avril Lavigne struck back from her website with this:
“They claim that a small part of the lyrics are the same and are saying that I took these from them,” she wrote. “I had never heard this song in my life and their claim is based on 5 words! All songs share similar lyrics and emotions. As humans we speak one language.
“Off the top of my head, two other songs that I can immediately think of with this type of lyric are ‘Hey, hey, you, you get off of my cloud’ by the Rolling Stones and ‘Hey little girl I want to be your boyfriend’ by the Ramones. Simply put, I have been falsely accused of ripping their song off. Luke and I have done nothing wrong and there is no merit to their claim.”
Considering Lavigne has sold more than 4 million copies of The Best Damn Thing I would imagine there is lots of money at stake here. The CEO of Lavigne’s label has already commented they’d consider settling out of court if the cost would be lower than defending it. Hmm. Really? Excellent. Well in that case I’d now like to announce my lawsuit over her stealing my idea to combine poppy music with mascara laced teen angst. It’s the ol’ one-two, baby. The one-two knock out!
I’m sending Walt a care package right now to help him weather this storm. Be strong!
Source: E! Online