Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

6 thoughts on “This. Is. So. Wrong.

  • January 23, 2012 at 6:28 pm
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    I've never been to Disneyland… to me, it is an unknown pleasure.

    No?

    Well… I tried.

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  • January 23, 2012 at 6:48 pm
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    My guess: Deadmau5 t-shirt

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  • January 23, 2012 at 8:31 pm
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    I wonder how the remaining members of Joy Division feel about this. Hopefully they feel like calling their lawyer.

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  • January 23, 2012 at 8:55 pm
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    Although I view this as sacrilegious, the fact the band and Peter Saville copied this from the Cambridge Book of Astronomy (it's the signal received from Pulsar PSR B1919+21) it might be difficult to enforce anything.

    It is one of the iconic album covers of all time. i have the UK import of this album and it's a treasure.

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  • January 23, 2012 at 11:46 pm
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    I want one!!! I love it!!!!

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  • January 24, 2012 at 12:11 am
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    Unfortunately, there is little the remaining members of Joy Division could do legally against this. the image is public domain so Disney can use it as they see fit. The part that bothers me the most about this is the snippet on the Disney store about this item.

    "Inspired by the iconic sleeve of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album, this Waves Mickey Mouse Tee incorporates Mickey's image within the graphic of the pulse of a star. That's appropriate given few stars have made bigger waves than Mickey!"

    Let's ignore the fact that this is no longer a "graphic of the pulse of a star". Let's ignore the fact that the entire reason for this shirt existing is due to Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures making the image iconic, which this snippets admits itself. The real abomination of this is the nerve to try and tie this back to Mickey in some weak attempt by saying "few stars have made bigger waves than Mickey!".

    So, too bad Joy Division, even though you made this image iconic, we're using it now to sell t-shirts because Mickey's the REAL star. Man,talk about living off the backs of others hard work.

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