What they like about Guitar Hero? Nothing
Here's one way to get back in the newspapers: The Romantics are suing the makers of Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s over the use of the band's hit "What I Like About You."
The song's copyright isn't the issue, writes the Detroit Free-Press, which published a story about the showdown earlier this week. Activision, maker of the Guitar Hero series of videogames, did indeed secure permission to use the hit.
Rather, The Romantics are mad that the cover version of the song in the game sounds so much like the real version that fans won't know the difference.
"It's a very good imitation, and that's our objection," William Horton, the band's attorney, told the Free-Press.
The band is seeking unspecified damages and an injunction on sales of the game. So safe to say if you're considering buying the game for the holidays, you might want to expedite that trip to the store.
Oddly enough, this isn't the band's first fight over their 1980 single, which reached No. 48 on the U.S. charts that year. The Detroit-based band fought its mangers in the late 80s when they discovered "What I Like About You" was being licensed for TV commercials without their knowledge.
The Romantics haven't produced an album since 2003's "61/49" (maybe the disc's catchy name accounted for the poor sales).