So, Dodge posted Tuesday about Mazarin calling it quits, which upset me because I really dug into the group’s last LP, We’re Already There. Turns out, the band is actually being forced to change its name becaue of a cease and desist order by an attorney hired by another band called Mazarin, “often referred to as ‘Long Island musical legends’ ” (by whom I don’t know).
This from The Good Mazarin’s Web site, wherein “Mazarin A” refers to those “Long Island musical legends”:
Considering MAZARIN B had no disposable income to fight the case, plus information had come to light revealing that one of the members of MAZARIN A was in poor physical health, yet still paying his attorney some four hundred dollars an hour, all the while desperately soliciting donations for their legal and medical funds via their website, MAZARIN B and their management concluded the whole predicament was so sad and despairing that instead of dragging out a lengthy litigation, which they had neither the time nor money to commit to; fuck it. Clearly, the name is cursed.
And, really, how could The Good Mazarin win this one? I mean, Mazarin A “was awarded ‘Best Rock Band’ by Good Times Music Magazine 1982-1986″ and “has shared the stage with the world’s top music acts and has performed thousands of shows in front of hundreds of thousands of loyal fans.” Good Times Music Magazine? Wow. What were the Walkmen thinking? They should have covered this Mazarin.
Sigh. This reminds me of the rapper Common, who went by the name Common Sense on his first two albums but was sued by a ska band nobody had heard of by the same name. Hence, Common.
Ah, well. The Good Mazarin is having a show (retirement party?) on Dec. 2 in Philadelphia to bid farewell to its name. I really hope they just change the name and keep playing. Garrison had asked me a few months ago if, looking back, there were any albums I wished I had put on my best-of list for 2005. We’re Already There definitely was my first choice.
As for music, The Good Mazarin is offering a new track, Your Advice, at its MySpace page.
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