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Any Excuse to Link to a Great Song July 7, 2007

Posted by David Card in Media.

The lawsuit seems silly — the songs don’t sound much alike to me — but if it reintroduces a great, almost never-heard pop song to a wider audience, well, I’m not arguing.

I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend

Who knows? “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” is coming up first on my Napster search, and it’s not the Rubinoos’ biggest hit.

    Avril Lavigne is being sued by two songwriters who claim that her hit “Girlfriend” sounds like a track their American power pop band recorded in the ’70s. Tommy Dunbar, the founder of the Rubinoos, filed the suit in California’s Northern Federal District Court in San Francisco July 2. The suit alleges that “Girlfriend” bears striking similarities to the Rubinoos’ song “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend,” co-written by Dunbar and former Rubinoos’ road manager James Gangwer, and released by Beserkley Records in 1978.

AOL’s “video comparison” doesn’t help much, but I like the idea, even if it’s just a YouTube link.

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