Ok, everybody whistle or hum the flute solo from Men At Work's 80's hit Down Under
while I replenish my coffee supply.
Did it again. Got in a rush and missed the filter with most of it. Kinda pleasantly chewy in a weird way. Sorry about the delay.
Oh, yeah --- the flute solo. Recognize bits of it? It's bars 3 and 4, with the same two bars basically repeated in 7 & 8. Get it? Like most, I never, ever caught it. Turns out it's Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree
. Once you're told, you faceslap. "Yeaahh, riiight!"
The song was written without the flute solo. Somewhere along the way, the flute player, who is neither of two authors of Down Under
, slipped in the flute break we know from the recording at a live performance. The recording was made later, with that solo.
The author of Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree
, Marion Sinclair, was alive when Down Under
was a big hit, but has since passed on. She never knew, or never cared, or was complemented by the reference to her song. No one knows.
The rights to Kookaburra
have since passed to a music publishing company. From there, the rest is a foregone conclusion, no? The rights administrator has sued Colin Hay and Ron Strykert, Down Under
's authors, and the song's rights holder, EMI, to recover "damages".
Mr. Hay's comments here: http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=30538035&blogId=528967870
In short, though details aren't sorted out, EMI and Mr.'s Hay and Strykert did not prevail to say the least. Once again, copyright, originally an idea for protection of the creative, is just a tool for greed. They get the money only because it's there and because they can.