Facebook R&B crooner Mario has been relatively quiet on the music front for…
- Posted on Apr 1st 2010 4:00PM by Pat Pemberton
"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. "
Ritchie blames frontman Gordon Gano for selling Wendy's the rights to use 'Blister in the Sun' for a commercial that advertised chili and baked potatoes. Ritchie was so enraged by the ad, he actually sued Gano in US District Court, saying the commercial hurt the band's reputation. He also claimed Gano had misappropriated jointly-owned property.
While the Femmes did record a cover of the Gnarls Barkley song 'Crazy' after the lawsuit was filed, Ritchie claims he has no interest in getting back with the band right now.
"There are certainly some disputes that haven't been resolved," he says, adding this jab at his ex-band mates: "There's no will to do anything creative there."
Of course, Ritchie is busy now with his new surf band, the Break, formed with members of Midnight Oil. Meanwhile, Gano is busy with his new band, Gordon Gano and the Ryan Brothers, and most recent Femmes drummer Guy Hoffman is with Radio Romeo.
Oddly enough, the song Wendy's used is about masturbation, a fact Ritchie confirmed. Written in the '80s, the acoustic punk song became popular with college crowds in the '90s.
"The simplicity of it is very appealing," Ritchie says. "It gets into people's minds very easily."
Sounds like the perfect song for a commercial.