An obscure Illinois rock band filed a lawsuit in federal court last Wednesday, alleging that [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Poison[/lastfm] stole a number of their songs over two decades ago.
[photogallerylink id=53237 align=left]Talk Dirty to Me, Fallen Angel, and I Won’t Forget You were allegedly conjured up using songs originally composed by members of the band Kid Rocker, (not to be confused with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Kid Rock[/lastfm], the cowboy hat wearing artist from Michigan), according to the suit.
Plaintiffs Billy McCarthy and James Stonich, former members of the Chicago-based Kid Rocker say that C.C. DeVille originally auditioned for their band back in 1984, before he joined Poison. McCarthy alleges that DeVille took studio tapes of songs by Kid Rocker that were already mastered and recorded, and that these tracks became the basis for songs that rocketed Poison to super stardom.
In addition to the band, McCarthy and Stonich are also suing Capitol Records and EMI Music for copyright infringement. They are asking the court to provide them with damages based on the record sales of the songs in question, as well as an injunction that would prevent Poison and front man [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bret Michaels[/lastfm] from performing any of those songs.
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)