Neil Innes of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band also sued when his How Sweet to Be an Idiot was appropriated by Oasis for Whatever.
What fun. For of course Innes was a
plagiarist satirist par excellence.
The story of Innes and the Rutles being rather fun. He wrote the songs without relistening to the albums. Sorta just remembered what, well, what were they sorta like at this stage? At that?
And he played the stuff for Lennon. Who said about Get Up And Go – “That’s a bit close”. Not angrily, rather pointing out that if there were going to be lawsuits from the rights holders then that would be the one they went for. So, it didn’t appear on the album.
My amusement about it being that it’s a markedly better guitar solo on this version of it. In fact, the rhythm guitar is better too but part of that will be that this is a studio recording rather than live as was the original.