Eddy Grant has threatened to sue Gorillaz, claiming that the Damon Alban fronted project has stolen his 1977 song‘Time Warp’ and used it as the basis for their current single ‘Stylo’. In a statement, Grant said “I am outraged that the Gorillaz have infringed the copyright of my song ‘Time Warp’ [while] claiming their song ‘Stylo’ to be an original composition. My song sits almost note to note with their release [which] is a blatant rip off. ‘Time Warp’ is a very popular song and has been a staple of the DJ scene for many years and I feel total disrespect from Gorilliaz and their management company, especially as they are an established act”.
Grant also pointed out that he and Gorillaz share the same publisher and that ”someone should have noticed the similarity sooner” saying “I am very angry that this was not picked up by our mutual publisher EMI’s administration division. I do not blame my publishers but [rather] the state of the industry at the current time with all labels and publishers folding into one and becoming incestuous. It’s such an obvious copy that from day one the band and their management should have taken control of this situation with EMI Publishing. I would like the outcome to be that the band admits that they have lifted my song, that I have a full credit for the song and an apology from the band”.