February 13, 2008 23 Comments
The Cathedrals recorded a song back in the ’80s called “Go Jonah” that was a spoof of the Oak Ridge Boys hit “Elvira.” While there were many twists and turns, the basic upshot of the fiasco that followed is that a lawsuit was filed claiming copyright infringement, and the Cathedrals record company had to pull the album and re-release it without that song included. I’m not really sure what has reminded me of all of this, but there are a couple of questions that come to mind now some 20 years removed from the issue.
- Did this whole situation cause friction between the Cats and the Oaks? If so, it was apparently resolved by the time the Cathedrals retired, as the Oaks performed at their farewell concert. I’m really not trying to dredge up some dirt here, I don’t really need to know details, I’m just curious in light of the Cat’s farewell concert video about the consequences of the whole ordeal.
- With the ruling in the not too distant past that parodies constitute “fair use”, and the subsequent success of groups like Apologetix, has this album or song ever been reissued? Surely it would now fall under the category of a parody, which means it would constitute “fair use” of the Oak Ridge Boys song.