Gorillaz awaiting Eddy Grant’s call

By | Published on Thursday 25 March 2010

Gorillaz are reportedly still waiting for Eddy Grant to get in touch with them, after he claimed that Damon Albarn and his cartoon buddies had used his 1977 track ‘Time Warp’ as the basis for their latest single ‘Stylo’, without permission.

The band’s manager, Chris Morrison told BBC Newsbeat yesterday: “Nobody has officially approached me about any contravention of any copyright. When I’m approached, I’ll deal with it”.

As previously reported, Grant issued a statement last week, in which he said: “I am outraged that the Gorillaz have infringed the copyright of my song ‘Time Warp’ [while] claiming their song ‘Stylo’ to be an original composition. My song sits almost note to note with their release [which] is a blatant rip off. ‘Time Warp’ is a very popular song and has been a staple of the DJ scene for many years and I feel total disrespect from Gorilliaz and their management company, especially as they are an established act”.

He also pointed out that, as both he and Albarn publish their songs through EMI Music Publishing, it was surprising that no one had noticed the similarities sooner.

The publishing company told the BBC that the claim was “a private matter between Eddy Grant and Gorillaz”.