When they’re not giving Americans fatter asses, hamburgers happen to be spoiling great opportunities for rock ‘n’ roll. In 2007, the Wendy’s fast food chain used the Violent Femmes‘ classic hit “Blister in the Sun” for an advertising campaign. Frontman and vocalist Gordan Gano saw no problem with its use, but bassist Brian Ritchie felt a wee bit different about the idea.
“I don’t like having my sound misappropriated to sell harmful products, such as fast food,” he tells Spinner. “That’s not why we made the music. It should not be hijacked. ”
Following the commercial, Ritchie sued Gano for its use, claiming it tarnished the band’s reputation, in addition to Gano’s murky handling of jointly-owned property. Coupled with the fact that everyone seems preoccupied with side projects — Richie’s in a surf band, Gano has the Ryan Brothers, and drummer Guy Hoffman is with Radio Romeo — it’d be safe not to expect a Femmes reunion anytime soon.
By the way, does anyone else think it’s funny Wendy’s tried to sell grease patties to a song about flogging the bishop? Oy gevalt, what a world!