Green Day have been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit over the title track of their massive-selling 2004 album ‘American Idiot’.
Paul McPike from Oregon claimed he wrote the lyrics and melodies to the song in 1992.
He filed a two-page complaint in the US District Court. As evidence, he has submitted a copy of ‘American Idiot’ and a claim that the words Green Day vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong sings on the album don’t match those printed in the liner notes.
McPike told Oregon’s Mail Tribune paper: “It was just disbelief every time I heard it on the radio.”
He claims that he has written several letters to the band and their label Warner Bros Records, but never received a reply to his allegations.
I’ve heard friends complain about Green Day ripping off chord progressions or other things from Minor Threat, the Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers, the Living End or whoever, but I think this is the first time it’s ever been official.
What’s your guess? Crazy fan or just a copy-cat band finally getting their due?