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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dead Kennedys: Not Drunk Enough to Promote Heineken

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 12:40 PM

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Of all the ways to promote beer, a song called "Too Drunk to Fuck" seems like a pretty dumb way to do it.

Earlier this month, complaints forced Heineken to drop a beer ad on Spotify that featured a lounge-ish cover of the Dead Kennedys' classic punk song by Nouvelle Vague, the U.K. Guardian reported. Now, the Dead Kennedys themselves are venting their (sometimes intimidating) anger at Heineken for using the cover for promotional purposes.

"Dead Kennedys emphatically deny that they ever gave Heineken permission to use the song," says a statement from the band. "The band's attorneys have contacted Heineken to address the unauthorized use. Dead Kennedys have never authorized any company to use this song or any of the band's songs to promote a consumer product (let alone the consumption of alcohol) in this or any advertisement."

We're not sure what'll happen next, but we know it's probably not a good idea to be on the other end of frontman Jello Biafra's wrath.

[Pitchfork]

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