Friday Follies: Teenage Kicks and IPR

A late entry today, very late. Consider it our “Midnight Follies,” rushed through at the last minute as favor to big business John Peel’s fans.

It’s the 30th anniversary of the great, great punk-era song, Teenage Kicks by the Undertones.

Which isn’t really that funny or follies-related. But the version by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is.

Ah, you think, how middle aged self-indulgent. And the Buzzcocks had more staying power.

But there’s an intellectual property rights angle, of great interest to manufacturers. Feargal Sharkey, the singer who defined the Undertones sound, is now a music executive in the U.K. And he’s in the news.

Former Undertones frontman Feargal Sharkey will launch a new organisation later today  (October 27th) aimed safeguarding the future of the music industry.The UK Music body will call on the government to address the problem of illegal file sharing, as well as extend the copyright term afforded to artists, which is currently limited to fifty years.

The organisation represents a wide range of music bodies, including, BPI, the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, and the Music Managers Forum.

“The thing we all realised is that we all agree with each other 95% of the time. It’s looking at where the industry is going to be three, four or five years from now,” Sharkey told the Guardian newspaper.

Wanna hold ya, wanna hold ya, wanna hold ya tight, get teenage-kicks and property rights! All right!

P.S. Wow. Everybody covers Teenage Kicks. A copyright violation?

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