This has nothing to do with boomers, but the Wall Street Journal website was free today, so I just want to rip something off of their site. Who knows if these links will continue to work.
You have been warned.
When Avril Lavigne first came on the scene and we heard her on the radio, we thought her name was April Levine, the same name as a girl we grew up with on Long Island. It took a few weeks before we learned she was a French-Canadian rocker.
She’s on the receiving end of a copyright-infringement lawsuit filed by a bandmember of the Rubinoos, filed in federal court in San Francisco. The complaint alleges that her hit song “Girlfriend” rips off the 1979 song “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend.” Here’s the AP story.
“We are not so naive as to chalk it up to some sort of cosmic coincidence,” Dunbar said in a statement Thursday. “The lyric, the meter, the rhythm — they’re identical.”
Lavigne declined to comment to the AP.
But it probably was something along the lines of…
Who are the Rubinoos? According to their Web site, the band toured and recorded from 1975 to 1983 and had a hit with a cover version of Tommy James and the Shondells’ “I Think We’re Alone Now.”