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Keeping The Repertoire Fresh!

We have been spending a lot of time at Slinky HQ over the past few weeks, adding some great new tracks to our repertoire. As a function band we always need to make sure that we are up to speed on all the latest songs which we know our clients will love. Sometimes we wait to see which tracks do well in the charts, and sometimes we just know and can get onto rehearsing it right away. A good example of this is Uptown Funk. We knew this was a Slinky track as soon as we heard it and we couldn’t wait to get playing it! While keeping up to date with the latest music is vital, we are also constantly adding more vintage tracks to our armoury too. Recently we have gone a bit 80s with Gold, Rio, and Don’t You Forget About Me. One we are really enjoying in rehearsals is Royal Bloods Little Monster.

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WHAT TO CONSIDER ONCE YOU HAVE BOOKED YOUR PROFESSIONAL FUNCTION BAND

If you have made the decision to book a professional live band for your wedding, party or corporate event then congratulations!  Be assured that it will be an evening that is enjoyed by all and will be talked about long after the dancing shoes have been put away.  However there are a few things that are worth thinking about to ensure that everything runs smoothly on the day.  Here are our top 5 tips:

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January 2015 Blog Entry

Firstly Slinky would like to wish everyone a happy new year. After such a successful 2014 for the Slinky band, there’s no time for rest and reflection. Slinky had the opportunity last year to play some prestigious venues and Lots of amazing shows to so many wonderful people.

Stuart, Slinky’s lead singer Said “Last year the highlight for me has to be when we performed at Chelsea’s football ground in their exclusive club – Under The Bridge, and also not forgetting Headingley cricket ground, where we had the pleasure of performing three times during the year. Not forgetting our New Year show at the stunning Portmeirion village which for me topped the year off nicely”.

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North Wales Wedding Band

North Wales Wedding Band

North West wedding band Slinky have been playing across Liverpool, Merseyside, Cheshire and the rest of the UK since 2003. The Wirral party band are made up of lead bassist and producer Aaron Croxford, Nick Studholme on guitar, talented drummer Damien Williams and Stuart Brierley on lead vocals.

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Party Band Wirral

Party Band Wirral

Cheshire and Merseyside Band Slinky Prove Major Corporate Success
Slinky are a North West party band that have been playing around Liverpool, Birmingham, Preston and the whole of Merseyside since 2003. Covering all genres of music from the rock and soul influences of the 1960’s up to hit 2000’s tracks from Snow Patrol, The Script and Kasabian, the band have proved to be a musical success at weddings, conferences and functions for over nine years.

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Wedding Band Liverpool

Wedding Band Liverpool

North West function band Slinky have been playing across Liverpool, Merseyside, Cheshire and the rest of the UK since 2003. The party band are made up of lead bassist and producer Aaron Croxford, Nick Studholme on guitar, talented drummer Damien Williams and the Wirral’s Stuart Brierley on lead vocals.

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Wedding Band North West England

Wedding Band North West England

Forming in 2003, Slinky are a North West party band specialising in covering brilliant rock and pop music from the 1960’s through to present day 2000’s. The band consists of four male members including Damien Williams on drums, Nick Studholme on guitar, producer / bassist Aaron Croxford and Stuart Brierley on vocals who leads the ensemble.

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Wedding Band Chester

Wedding Band chester

Cheshire wedding band Slinky have been performing their renditions of the hottest rock and pop anthems across the UK since forming in 2003. The band consists of four male members including Damien Williams on drums, Nick Studholme on guitar, producer / bassist Aaron Croxford and lead singer Stuart Brierley, and the foursome have made a name for themselves across Manchester, Liverpool and Merseyside.

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Function Band Slinky on Copyright Battles

It was when we were rehearsing one of our most popular tracks earlier this year, ‘Uptown Funk’ (as a party band we have played this track a lot this year – it is a real floor filler), that we realised how much it sounded like something we had heard before, perhaps at a school disco back in the day! The song was ‘Oops Upside Your Head’. Sure enough, a quick Google search revealed that we weren’t the only ones to have noticed this. The Gap Band had noticed too which ultimately resulted in them being added as co-writers of the song, earning them 17% royalties.

There have been many high profile copyright battles between artists over the years. A recent one involved Robin Thicke and Pharell over their song ‘Blurred Lines’. The family of Marvin Gaye claimed that the song had plagiarized Gaye’s 1977 song ‘Got To Give It Up’. This was strongly contested by Thicke and Pharrell who admitted to being influenced by the song but denied any infringement of copyright. Despite their protestations they were order to pay Gaye’s family US$7.4 million in damages. What do you think?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp7Q1OAzITM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyDUC1LUXSU

One that seems pretty indisputable is the Ghostbusters theme, released by Ray Parker Jr in 1984 but claimed by Huey Lewis to have been copied from his track ‘I Want a New Drug’. Lewis had originally been asked to write the theme tune for Ghostbusters but declined as he was busy working on the soundtrack for Back to the Future – it was a good year for movies, and soundtracks! Listening to the two tracks it is hard to imagine that Ray Parker Jr could really have denied the claim. Who you gonna call? Erm… my lawyer. In fact it didn’t come to that. They settled out of court.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKWW5-jr5Y0

When Vanilla Ice released ‘Ice Ice Baby’ in 1990, it seemed pretty obvious that he had sampled Queen and David Bowie’s track ‘Under Pressure’. His mistake though was thinking he could get away without asking permission and crediting them. Initially claiming that he had slightly changed the melody, he later admitted to using the sample, and paid up!

Musical history is indeed littered with these cases. Take the track ‘Fight Test’ by The Flaming Lips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcFKlEfu_eU which sounds so much like ‘Father and Son’ by Cat Stevens that Stevens now receives 75% of all royalties from this song.

Considering Cat Stevens gets 75% royalties you have to feel a little sorry for Belgian songwriter Salvatore Acquaviva who took Madonna to court claiming that her 1998 hit ‘Frozen’ had been copied from his own track ‘Ma Vie Fout le Camp’. The judge agreed and banned Madonna’s track from being played on Belgian TV and Radio. Harsh. Whether it’s subconscious or just a case of artists seeing what they can get away with, even some of the seemingly coolest songwriters around have been accused and found guilty of plagiarism. From Led Zep, to George Harrison, From Coldplay to Radiohead.

What do you think? – do you know of any songs which sound strangely like someone else’s? Leave us a comment.