1. SEE, HEAR: The Miller Lite Commercial the Fat Boys Sued Joe Piscopo Over (circa 1987).

    Former '80s SNL cast member Joe Piscopo adopted the persona of "Rappin' Fat Piscopo" for this circa 1987 Miller Lite TV commercial. If you sense some stylistic appropriations from the Fat Boys you're not the only one. In 1988 the Brooklyn trio sued Piscopo and Miller for swiping its act, and copyright violation. Rap is an art - you can't own no loops. But maybe you can own human beat box "hugga-hugga" sounds (the court ruled in favor of "Bbbbrrrr-stick 'em").

    [h/t Dave Tompkins]




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