Le Tigre Countersue “Who Put The Bomp” Singer Over Copyright Claim
Le Tigre’s Kathleen Hanna and Johanna Fateman have filed a countersuit against singer/songwriter Barry Mann after being sent a cease-and-desist notice by Mann claiming that their 1999 track “Deceptacon” infringes on the copyright of “Who Put The Bomp (Bomp, Bomp, Bomp),” which Mann sang and co-wrote with the late Gerry Goffin in 1961.
As Pitchfork reports, the Le Tigre members’ suit claims that their reference of the song falls under fair use, saying it has “a new meaning that is directly at odds with and a clear criticism of the message in ‘Bomp.'” The suit also says that “Bomp” is not an original work in the first place:
Mr. Mann did not create these vocables or song titles; rather, it appears that Mr. Mann and his co- writer copied them from Black doo-wop groups active during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Specifically, it appears that Mr. Mann took “bomp-bah-bomp-bah-bomp” from The Marcels’ distinctive version of “Blue Moon,” which sold over a million copies, and “rama lama ding dong” from the Edsels’ then-popular “Rama Lama Ding Dong.” In short, the Bomp lyrics at issue are not original to Mr. Mann, and Defendants have no legitimate copyright claim in them.