This Week In Dallas Music History: Deep Blue Something Breaks Out -- And Gets Caught In A Legal Tussle Over "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

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For this week's installment of This Week in Dallas Music History, we travel back to the year 1996, when the airwaves were ruled by "Breakfast at Tiffany's," the national hit scored by Dallas-area band Deep Blue Something. And, let's not forget, it was a huge hit -- so big, in fact, that, because of the success of the album that contained that track, 11th Song, the band found themselves embroiled in legal struggles pertaining to the rights of their music.

Specifically, the band's was in a tussle with their former financial backer, Lewis Bickel Jr., who'd met the band at a venue in Deep Ellum and provided the funds for Deep Blue Something's incredibly popular album -- only to find, after the album took off, that he wasn't satisfied with the small amount of compensation he received.

The piece, penned by our pal Wilonsky, takes a cynical look at the issue: "This is the oldest story in the music business," Robert wrote, "a struggling young band turns to someone for help when they need it most, then cuts that person loose when the band becomes successful".

Check the scans of the story after the jump.


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2 comments
Allan
Allan

That was a fun SXSW. Good times with both Vibrolux and Brutal Juice.

me
me

these scans are really hard to read, but I really get a kick out of the ads:1. Note that it was Super Bowl week (coincidentally)2. Love seeing Colin Boyd (with Ruthie Foster!)3. The BEST though, Townes Van Zandt at Poor Davids Pub(and look at the bottom, Ted Roddy & The Talltops!!!)4. and you can make out in the end of the article, Dallas acts accepted to that year's SXSW includes both Slobberbone and Old 97's, appearances from which BOTH would be signed to major label deals.YAY History !!!!

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