‘Palmer Chameleon’: Boy George’s people slam Clive’s use of hit song

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‘Palmer Chameleon’: Boy George’s people slam Clive’s use of hit song

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January 15, 2019 09:51:18

Pop icon Boy George’s manager is “horrified” would-be politician Clive Palmer would rip off one of his client’s most popular songs for a political campaign, and is warning of future legal action if he does not stop using the song.

Key points:

  • Clive Palmer reworked Karma Chameleon to “Palmer Chameleon” for his mobile game
  • Boy George’s manager has argued the song’s use is “clear copyright infringement”
  • It is not the first time Mr Palmer has taken popular music and reworked it for his political campaigning

Mr Palmer, who is seeking to return to federal politics, launched a mobile game yesterday with a take-off of Culture Club’s 1983 hit Karma Chameleon.

The controversial businessman reworked the lyrics, changing them to “Palmer Chameleon” in his latest effort to promote his political party, the United Australia Party (UAP).

Speaking to the ABC, Boy George and Culture Club’s manager Paul Kemsley argued it was a “clear copyright infringement” and said the band’s record label BMG would be dealing with the matter.

“Boy George’s song and art would never be used to endorse any political campaign,” Mr Kemsley said.

“I’m horrified at the treatment of one of the biggest-selling songs of all time.

“It should never be used as part of a political agenda.”

Mr Kemsley suggested the band would pursue legal action against Mr Palmer if he failed to remove the song from the game and any other advertising.

The game features Mr Palmer running through towns and cities around the country, collecting chocolate biscuits along the way.

He aims to avoid politicians including Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, whose face features on the body of a cockroach.

It is not the first time Mr Palmer has taken popular music and reworked it for his political campaigning.

Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French took to Twitter to slam the UAP leader for changing the lyrics to his band’s 1984 hit We’re Not Gonna Take It.

The band’s frontman Dee Snider took those comments further, saying he did not endorse the United Australia Party and would contact their legal team to address the issue.

“If that doesn’t work … I’ll be down under in three weeks to deal with it myself!” he wrote on Twitter.

The ABC has attempted to contact Mr Palmer for comment.

Topics:

clive-palmer,

government-and-politics,

australia,

qld

First posted

January 15, 2019 08:57:40


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