Sellout Central (thank you Dave Sifry!) points readers to Beatallica. From their FAQ
Q: Who are the guys in the band?
A: Two musicians with day jobs pulled the whole thing off. One (Krk) did all the music, the other (Jaymz) lent his Hetfield impersonation. All the tracks on the first EP were recorded in one day. The second EP took even longer…
Both guys have their own separate bands, and they write and perform original material. They’ve been friends for years.
Q: Oh come on, you’ve got to know more than that!
A:Sure, but for obvious legal reasons (imagine the lawyers that two of the biggest bands in rock history can buy), the band wants to remain anonymous. I can’t even reveal where they live… I can say that they’re from the Midwest in the US.
Personally, I think it’s too bad they have to worry about litigation. It badly reflects the money-driven intolerance of the music industry, which has a history of squashing independent artists who reference popular culture in their work.
Q: Have Metallica or the Beatles contacted you?
A: Not yet. At least two members of Metallica (Kirk and Lars) have mentioned in interviews that they’d heard Beatallica and enjoyed it. We know that Hetfield’s heard it too, but he hasn’t said anything publicly about it that we know of. We’ve heard nothing from the Beatles camp. Paul and Ringo seem to have a good sense of humor, so we don’t expect any problems from them.
But the important thing to realize is that the bands’ opinions do not matter in the current music industry. For example, in the U2/Negativland case, the lawsuit was initiated by U2’s record label, Island records, not the band itself. The band actually thought the Negativland track was pretty funny, but by the time Island let U2 know about the lawsuit, it was too late to stop it. Read Negativland’s book for the whole sordid tale.
And here’s their disclaimer:
Beatallica is not, I repeat, not Metallica in disguise.
These tunes are parodies, but due to the likely exorbitant publishing costs that would be involved in releasing them for sale on CD, they are being offered free for download and distribution. If you like the tunes and want to burn CD-Rs for your friends, feel free! But please do not sell them. Free music needs to be free.
If you discover someone trying to sell a bootlegged copy of these free tunes, let us know.
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