Velvet Revolver Accused of Copying Another Band’s Song
During his interview with Nikki Sixx on the show Sixx Sense, Slash discussed the time that Velvet Revolver got sued over an unnamed song. The song of course was ‘Dirty Little Thing’ from Velvet Revolver’s 2004 debut album Contraband. The band who sued Velvet Revolver was an unknown band called Dirty Deeds who claimed the Supergroup’s Song sounded similar to their song Cyber Babe.
“Before Velvet Revolver really became Velvet Revolver we had written these two parts of one song, Duff [McKagan] and Matt [Sorum] and I.
“And we were working with some other guys – who will remain nameless – who brought in the other two parts of that song. So when Velvet Revolver came together we kept the song as it was.
“And it turned out that the other two guys had lifted their parts from a band that they were rehearsing next door to. So that band heard that song and said, ‘Those are our riffs!’
“We didn’t know what the they were talking about. And then we heard who it was, that there was a band who was rehearsing next door. So when we heard the record, the song, I heard where those parts were and it was like, ‘Oh!’”
Asked if “those guys got songwriting credit,” Slash replied:
“Not the original band, but the guys we were working with. But the only thing is we were getting sued by the original band for that song.”
The two musicians that Slash was referring to who Velvet Revolver was originally working with was Josh Todd and Keith Nelson of Buckcherry. According to Blabbermouth, the lawsuit was settled in 2008 with 20% of the song’s royalties being awarded to Tony Newton who wrote the song ‘Cyber Babe’.
Tony Netwon discussed the lawsuit saying “It was all a bit surreal, really,” stated Tony Newton. “A couple of years back, a mate of mine in L.A. called me to say he’d heard what he thought was my song on the radio, and that he had been a bit shocked when he realized it was VELVET REVOLVER. When I checked it out myself, I genuinely couldn’t believe it, because it wasn’t as if it was close… it was basically the same riff. Anyway, I called my publishers to check whether they knew anything — which, of course, they didn’t — and then basically left it with them. I never really expected to hear any more about it and was as surprised as anyone when I heard that Universal had settled with VELVET REVOLVER”