Posted in music on November 16, 2012

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Too MY Bees Knees

A Twin Cities-based recording engineer has revealed that his album, which was released under the name To My Bees Knees and included contributions from 100 local musicians, was almost entirely composed of songs he had plagiarized from the Iowa City band Burn Disco Burn.

"It's with my greatest heartfelt apologies that I send out this letter," engineer Tom Smouse wrote yesterday, addressing the dozens of artists who contributed to his album in an email..."You donated your time and efforts to reproduce an album of material that ultimately, I passed off as my own."

...Smouse says he only wrote one of the tracks on To My Bees Knees, a hidden track called "Goodbye's Never Change"...

"We were shocked, saddened, and pissed off to discover that Tom Smouse had passed our music off as his own," the members of Burn Disco Burn said in a statement today.

The article at The Current goes on to detail that the musicians encountered "line for line, note for note" plagiarism on the record. To make matters worse, the record, which received its share of local press, was funded via Kickstarter. Oof.

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Comments (17)

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2012 3:33 PM

I BET HE'S IN A UNION!

*oh wait, wrong thread*

Posted by Some Republican Shithead | November 16, 2012 3:34 PM

I liked Kickstarter better when it was a cash register at the record store.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2012 3:34 PM

101 musical contributors and not one person heard of Burn Disco Burn? Not that I have.. I'm sayin though..

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2012 3:41 PM

This is post-art recontextualization music. Ahead of it's time.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2012 3:46 PM

This seems like the kind of thing a lot of the people making comments on this blog would do and think was a smart idea.

Looking at you
Shrimper troll
Ipod troll
Hummus trolls
etc.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2012 3:52 PM

here i was thinking nothing in the world could ever make me want to listen to a band called "to my bees knees" OR "burn disco burn" but suddenly i'm interested. BEST NEW MUSIC

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2012 3:57 PM

Anyone that donates to a record on Kickstarter deserved to get ripped off.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2012 4:04 PM

SMOUSE!!!!! YES!

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2012 4:05 PM

great. next you'll tell me that he's not the genius behind "Animal Zoo" either.

Posted by c.h. | November 16, 2012 7:05 PM

3:52- if they were smart enough, that is.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2012 7:13 PM

What is this Minnesota of which you people speak?

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2012 5:28 AM

I bet this guy was actually a friend of Burn Disco Burn and did this as a ploy to give them publicity and media attention.

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2012 12:28 PM

I enjoy spending money on future music rather than music of the present-I desire mystery!

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2012 3:50 PM

I actually recorded several times at the studio Smouse managed, and know many of the musicians that played on the record. After thinking about this for a week, it's pretty obvious to me that he has something seriously wrong upstairs. I doubt he'll be mixing many records after this.

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2012 9:37 AM

crazy world.

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