Commercial Break: Beastie Boys get sued after GoldieBlox parody them?!
Famous hits from the charts have been used, skewed and parodied for years, but the surviving members of The Beastie Boys have found themselves in a weird position after someone mucked around with one of their songs.
Mike D and Ad-Rock have written an open letter to a toy company called GoldieBlox who have, weirdly (and allegedly) sued the band after parodying their '87 single 'Girls' in an advert.
See it here.
The Beasties said that GoldieBlox who decided to involve lawyers over the song after the band approached them to ask why they had not asked permission to use the song.
The open letter says: "Like many of the millions of people who have seen your toy commercial "GoldieBlox, Rube Goldberg & the Beastie Boys," we were very impressed by the creativity and the message behind your ad. We strongly support empowering young girls, breaking down gender stereotypes and igniting a passion for technology and engineering. As creative as it is, make no mistake, your video is an advertisement that is designed to sell a product, and long ago, we made a conscious decision not to permit our music and/or name to be used in product ads. When we tried to simply ask how and why our song "Girls" had been used in your ad without our permission, YOU sued US."
You may remember that when founding member MCA died, he asked the band to avoid using their songs in commercials. Yet, here they are, getting sued because someone did a parody of them in an advert. This has to be one of the strangest motions in retail.
For those who don't know the original track, here it is.