Gorillaz Accused of Plagiarism
Eddy Grant, best known for his 1982 hit “Electric Avenue,” claims that another of his songs, “Time Warp”, was plagiarized to form the backbone of the new Gorillaz single, “Stylo”.
In a statement issued on March 16, Grant said that, “This is pure piracy, it is an obvious infringement of my song. Anyone who knows ‘Time Warp’ will know this is ‘Time Warp’ with people singing and rapping over it, [along] with funny little noises. ‘Time Warp’ is a very popular song and has been a staple of the DJ scene for many years and I feel total disrespect from Gorillaz and their management company. It’s such an obvious copy that from day one the band and their management should have taken control of this situation with EMI Publishing. I would like the outcome to be that the band admits that they have lifted my song, that I have a full credit for the song and an apology from the band.”
Grant does not appear to be seeking any monetary damages, merely an apology and accreditation from Albarn, who has yet to comment on the situation.
Listen to the 2 songs below and judge for yourself…
Eddy Grant – “Time Warp”:
Gorillaz – “Stylo”: