Is Axl Rose Ripping Off Other Musicians?

October 7, 2009

Electronic shoegazer Ulrich Schnauss is claiming that "Riad N' the Bedouins" from the horrible Guns N' Roses' album Chinese Democracy samples unlicensed portions of a couple of tracks from his catalogue...and the evidence is pretty damning.

As Reuters reports, two indie labels, Independiente and Domino, are suing GNR and their label, Interscope/Geffen A&M, for $1 million in damages. The lawsuit claims that pieces of the Schnauss tracks "Wherever You Are" and "A Strangely Isolated Place" both turn up on "Riad N' the Bedouins."

GNR have also responded to that claim by denying the connection between the songs. Rolling Stone reports that GNR manager Irving Azoff has issued a formal response, saying that the band "vigorously contests these claims and intends to respond accordingly."

Here are the two tracks:

Guns N’ Roses - "Riad N' the Bedouins"

Ulrich Schnauss - "Wherever You Are"

It’s totally obvious that they sampled Schnauss’ songs, but I’m sure Rose’s extremely powerful lawyers will take care of this problem right quick.

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