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Franz Ferdinand Fights With US Label After Song Used By McDonalds


Franz Ferdinand’s frontman Alex Kapranos has been angered by his US label, Epic, allowing one of their songs to be used on the McDonald’s website. He vented last week on Twitter about the dissatisfaction with his US label about letting companies use their music without their permission. The song was being used on Latenightmcdonalds.com but the site is no longer up. This is what Alex Kapranos tweeted:

“This is an example of how a band falls out with their US label. Did they think we’d approve this shit? Dirty bastards. Stupid arrogant motherfucking pig-brained arseholes. I’d rather eat a cowpat on a bun than a bloody McDonalds. Not all labels are bastards. Domino aren’t. Just spoke to L Bell on the phone who knew nothing of it. He’s on phone to USA now…
I’m not really pissed off with McDonalds. They’re just the same as any other psychopathic corporation – no more evil, no less. The psychopathic corporation I am pissed off with is Sony who owns Epic who release our records in America. But not really surprised. Na, don’t really hate McDs. Don’t want to eat them either. If I hated anyone it’d be the twat at Sony, but even then…
I’m just pissed off because I had a sponsorship deal with [US regional burger restaurant] White Castle on the cards which is now totally scuppered. I was going to get a lifetime supply of those cute (much tastier than McD) burgers and they were going to open a Dennistoun franchise.

I know the band is signed to Domino in the UK, why didn’t they just sign to an independent label in the US if they didn’t want this sort of thing to happen?

Franz Ferdinand – No You Girls [Alt]

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