Last time in commercial land we saw Beach House vs. Volkswagen. We have a few more now. Bloomberg reports that The Black Keys are suing Pizza Hut and Home Depot. While looking for the Pizza Hut ad in question I also came across another Pizza Hut ad that sounds a lot like The Strokes‘ “Under Cover of Darkness” (2011). Here’s some reading from Bloomberg, music below:
The group said Pizza Hut and its ad agency created a commercial for a product called Cheesy Bites Pizza that “prominently features significant portions” of “Gold on the Ceiling.” Home Depot ran a commercial for its Ryobi brand of power tools that uses parts of “Lonely Boy,” the band said…
The band said in the lawsuits that letters were sent to Pizza Hut and Home Depot in May requesting that they stop showing the ads with the music.
“Lonely Boy” and “Gold on the Ceiling” are the first two singles from the Black Keys’ seventh album, “El Camino,” released in December on Nonesuch Records, a division of Warner Music Group. According to the complaint, “El Camino” has sold more than 800,000 copies so far. Auerbach plays guitars and Carney drums.
Also suing the companies is co-writer Brian Burton, known professionally as Danger Mouse. The plaintiffs asked for jury trials of the copyright-infringement suits.
The case are Auerbach v. Pizza Hut, 12-05385, and Auerbach v. Home Depot, 2:12-cv-05386, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles).
I really have no way of verifying when the ads came out.
Pizza Hut Ad (vs. The Black Keys)
Pizza Hut Ad (vs. The Strokes)
Ha.Totally unmissable.What were they thinking.
I don’t know why, but “Gold On The Ceiling” sounded oddly familiar even when I heard it for the first time. No, I never saw the Pizza Hut commercial.
your right…it does….maybe someone can place it.
someone is saying “gold on the ceiling” sounds a bit like pink’s “so what” I personally only hear a slight resemblance,but maybe i just don’t have the ear.
I came just to tell you that this post made me hungry for some cheesy bites.
big deal – ‘gold on the ceiling’ is just another entry into the long line of ‘Rock & Roll part 2′ ripoffs – the Gary Glitter tune. Muse & Pink also nabbed it, but the list goes on. pizza hut’s just beatin’ these guys at their own game. give em a hi five! lol
David Bowie’s “The Jean Genie” has a similar sound to it as both of those. It’s not identical, though.
Nice one Dustin! Pretty similar.
David Bowie “The Jean Genie” (1972) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE2K7SOgbWA
This one got settled.
Thanks Travis! Do you have a link to any info on the settlement?