Lego doesn't want to be associated with those Spinal Tap idiots

Posted on Tue Aug 11 2009

Back in the '60s, Spinal Tap beckoned music lovers to "Listen to what the flower people say." These days, the (fake) band is being forced to listen to what the Lego people say. Lego Systems, as the maker of the plastic toy blocks is known, says Spinal Tap violated copyright when it used the video shown here in a concert DVD. The clip, created in 2007 by a then-14-year-old fan, shows Lego figures rocking out to the Tap song "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight." The video was projected behind the band during a live performance, which ended up on the DVD. Getting word of this, the Lego people apparently excreted a brick. Julie Stern, a Lego rep, told The New York Times that the song had "some inappropriate language and the tone wasn't appropriate to our target audience of kids 6 to 12." Though Spinal Tap member Harry Shearer derided the decision as "Lego Kafka," the brand is still allowing the video to remain on YouTube, along with a parody of Girls Gone Wild called Legos Gone Wild, which features Lego figures exposing themselves to the cameras. On the more wholesome side of the spectrum, there's also the Brick Testament, which acts out Bible stories using Lego figures. 

—Posted by Todd Wasserman



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