“Let me go…why?” is the first thing I thought when I heard the Violent Femmes hit “Blister in the Sun” in a frickin’ Wendy’s commercial. Apparently, the band’s bassist Brian Richie was thinking the same thing because yesterday he filed a lawsuit against his lead singer Gordon Gano. Along with crying foul about the tune being used in a TV spot, Richie also claims that he was not given credit for some of the band’s songs or proper accounting of their collective earnings.

The suit comes as a bit of surprise, in particular to Gano who told the AP, “"we just played a really, really good tour," he said. “"Since the early '80s, everything's really good. We're playing better than ever." Regardless of how they’re playing, the band seems headed for trouble. As a fan I hate the fact that the song was used in an ad, so I can only imagine how Richie feels, especially if it’s true that Gano didn’t even consult the other members. The story needs more time to unfold, so this may be a bit premature, but I think this is the end of the Violent Femmes as we know them.

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