Burger ad prevents Violent Femmes reunion

The Violent Femmes aren't likely to reunite any time soon, and it's all because of a 2007 Wendy's commercial. Femmes lead singer Gordon Gano (at right in the photo) licensed "Blister in the Sun" for the ad posted below, which angered Femmes bassist Brian Ritchie (center) so much that he sued Gano over it. When he first heard the commercial, "my ears perked up, then my jaw dropped, then my heart sank," Ritchie said at the time. That was more than two years ago, but Ritchie is still pissed. "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." As a side note, "Blister in the Sun" is a bit of an odd choice for a food commercial, considering that it's about masturbation. This Femmes song would have make more sense.

—Posted by Tim Nudd

Publish date: April 2, 2010 https://dev.adweek.com/creativity/burger-ad-prevents-violent-femmes-reunion-12855/ © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT