Lo Fidelity Allstars Survive Princes Lawyers
The Lo Fidelity Allstars, one of the purveyors of England¹s big beat sound, released their album 'How To Operate With A Blown Mind' in the States in January, but the group's first U.S. hit is a surprising remix of 'Battleflag,' an 18-month old song by Pigeonhed, which is a side project of the Seattle-based band Brad.While the Lo Fidelity Allstars replaced the music of the original Sub Pop Records release of 'Battleflag,' the group retained most of Pigeonhed's lyrics, but as Allstars DJ Phil 'Albino Priest' Ward told MTV News, a few of Pigeonhed's lyrics were surreptitiously lifted from an unlikely, and unhappy source.
'Turns out some of their lyrics they had taken from the Prince song,' Ward said, 'but no one had told us that they were taken from a Prince song. Next thing that we knew, we had Prince's lawyers on the phone, saying you must stop doing this or we're going to take you to court as well.'
The remix of 'Battleflag' no longer has lyrical ties to Prince. Since the release of the album 'How To Operate With A Blown Mind,' two members of the Lo Fidelity Allstars have quit, most notably singer Dave 'Wrekked Train' Randall who is said to be pursuing a solo career. Despite the internal shakeup, the Lo Fidelity Allstars are wrapping up their first U.S. tour, with final stops in San Francisco on Friday and Los Angeles on Saturday.