2016-05-26T16:26:10+00:00 2016-05-26T16:26:10+00:00

Matador to pay $50,000 to The Cars over uncleared sample on Car Seat Headrest album


On Friday, Will Toledo's indie post-punk outfit Car Seat Headrest released their debut record Teens of Denial via Matador records. The record was well received by critics, managing to garner high marks from Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound and The Needle Drop. The project featured a track originally titled “Just What I Needed / Not Just What I Needed,” an obvious homage to The Cars hit '70s single "Just What I Needed."

According to a report by The A.V. Club, the Cars frontman Ric Ocasek agreed to the sample used in the Car Seat Headrest track and retracted his permission a week before the album's release. Matador head of sales, Rusty Clarke, said that the dispute will cost the record label at least $50,000. The title of the track has been changed on Spotify to "Not What I Needed." Will Toledo also spoke on the matter in the report.

"In a weird way, it was sort of an empowering experience for me. For the label, this was a nightmare situation. People were crying; people were not happy about it. To me, it really wasn’t too different from what I had been dealing with. I was the only person in the situation who was used to being 10 days from an album release and not having the album done.”

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