Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Walsh v Walsh

One running gag your LakeCountyEye has been milking -- with questionable success -- is aimed at Eighth Congressional District candidate Joe Walsh. More specifically the gag depends on the 100% similarity between Walsh's appellation and that of Eagles guitar player Joe Walsh.

The joke made its debut last September in ...
A Fresh Face in the 8th Congressional District
where both Joe Walsh and Joe Walsh garnered your LakeCountyEye's attention. And reappeared this month in ...
Tour de Endorsements
where Joe Walsh scored Joe Walsh's endorsement.

The Joes Walsh

Guitar Player


Either not to be outdone or not wanting to allow a good idea go to waste, the Joe Walsh1 campaign posted a video ...
Our new music video - Lead The Way
on their website. The music video is a cover of Walk Away -- a James Gang-era Joe Walsh2 composition. The video has new lyrics and a new title and was apparently commissioned to promote the Joe Walsh3 campaign.

Joe Walsh For Congress
Lead the Way Music Video

Sometimes art initiates life. While your LakeCountyEye parodies life -- well, sometimes. But as far as your LakeCountyEye can sort it out, this is a particular case of (a) Joe Walsh4 imitating (b) Joe Walsh5 by copying (c) your LakeCountyEye6 parodying (d) Joe Walsh7 by parodying (e) Joe Walsh8. The mind of your LakeCountyEye boggles ... and digresses.

Understandably proud, Joe Walsh9 promoted the video on both Twitter and FaceBook.

Understandably aggrieved, upon getting wind of all this, attorneys representing Joe Walsh10 fired off a cease-and-desist letter to Joe Walsh11. Can this l'affaire contretemps get any more complicated? Luckily the NewsSun broke and admirably covered the story ...
Walsh to Walsh: Just 'Walk Away'
this morning.

According to your LakeCountyEye's reckoning the video appeared on YouTube last Wednesday. The the cease-and-desist letter is dated yesterday. While the NewsSun story appeared today, complete with a posted scan of the letter. This is a remarkably brief interval of time, which makes your LakeCountyEye suspect an inside job. Perhaps an attempt to gin up some 11th hour buzz? It's garnered your LakeCountyEye's attention already -- mission accomplished!

For the record, the Joe Walsh12 campaign has not yet issued a response. The magic crystal ball predicts the video will be removed Feb 3. But don't neglect to read the letter posted at the NewsSun -- a masterwork of shark-snark:
As a candidate for Congress, you probably have a passing familiarity with many of the laws of this great country of ours. It's possible, though, that laws governing intellectual property are a little too arcane and insufficiently populist for you to really have spent much time on. We're writing because we think laws are important, and it might be beneficial to your potential future career as a congressman if you were more aware of them.
CONTENTS OF LETTER dated January 26, 2010
LOLOL, your LakeCountyEye couldn't have said it better.

The sad fact of the matter is your LakeCountyEye couldn't have said it better. Which goes a long way toward explaining why your LakeCountyEye isn't making six or seven figures representing semi-retired guitar bands. But instead fills (non-billable) hours writing blog posts in the basement of the parental-unit. And in the LakeCountyEye pajamas. A cautionary tale to any LakeCountyEye operative contemplating dropping out of school.

2Guitar Player
5Guitar Player
6Internet Satirist
8Guitar Player
10Guitar Player

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Go check out the Open Letter reply from Joe Walsh (the candidate) to Joe Walsh (the rockstar) that was just posted on his web site. It is too long to copy here.