Turns out Emily and the boys didn't have a clue their tune was being used. Aghast and all full of 'Why-I-a-Outrage' they contacted their publisher "with a mortified WTF?" who informed them that the station was covered under a blanket license which let's them use the music how they want, albeit in small doses.
Even so, the publisher contacted the radio station and asked them to pretty pretty please not to use Metric's music because they love all things fair and just and Beck is a douche. This is how I imagined the conversation might go*:
|Sad Emily Is Sad. Source|
"Hi, I represent the band Metric. We heard that you're using one of their songs to open for the Glenn Beck Insanity Hour, and we'd like you pretty pretty please to stop, thanks."
"Well, legally we're allowed to do what we want with it, in small doses. It's blanket license."
"Yeah, I know, but I thought you could, you know, just stop anyway. See.. we don't much care for Beck, being Beck and all. The situation is making Emily all sad and dull-eyed, more so than usual."
"Ahh, I see. Hmm. Since we're good guys, and secretly we all think Glenn's a douche as well, we'll take it off for you."
Clearly, I have no idea how entertainment law works.
So happily ever after. Here's what bugs me:
Is it that, as pondered in Em's letter back to Thomas, that it seems that the teabag-assbag is trying to co-opt the lefties for his show. Canadian Lefties, even? (as my dear friend UncleJubb likes to refer to us... communists to the north).
Throughout the correspondence, they refer to the use of Metric's song Rock Me Now, from the 2007 release, Grow Up and Blow Away. But listen to the sample** of Beck's show provided with Thomas' letter. (I'll just mention here that I hate when people refer to Glenn Beck as Beck, because I always think people are referring to Beck Hansen and I want to fight them. Because I LOVE Beck. Hansen.)
|Beck. ❤ Source|
|Uhm. Not so much. Source|
That's not "Rock Me Now", it's "Too Little, Too Late" off of 2007's other release Live It Out. I should know, I played that riff non-stop when I first learned it. How has nobody noticed this.. NOT EVEN THE BAND THEMSELVES?
I don't why this bothers me. Maybe because I'm just anal-retentive in my desire for accurate music trivia. Maybe it's because when I pointed the mistake out in a reply to the tweet on Metric's Twitter feed I was hoping for some kind of response like "Hey! Good ear!" or "Way to pay attention to detail!" or "Actually Buffy St. Marie smells like vanilla and cookies, if you're wondering."
But nothing. *sigh*
At least I know I'm right.
*you may want to read the letters in the article for the actual legaleeze.
**Note: Weird. They've taken the sound clip out, for reasons unknown. Well, take my word for it, it was not Rock Me Now.