The Philadelphia swirl-rock outfit Mazarin is breaking up, thanks in part to a litigious Long Island-based band with the same name (pictured, at left, with “funnyman” Rob Schneider) that put out two singles in the 1980s:
Between 1999 and 2006, every time things would start looking up for MAZARIN B, MAZARIN A would find out. By late 2005, MAZARIN A for reasons unknown had had enough. MAZARIN A hired an attorney who formally issued a cease and desist. Considering MAZARIN B was tirelessly touring the United States and Europe, building the name MAZARIN (ohh the irony), with barely two pennies to rub together, the band was without the resources to retaliate.
MAZARIN B’s first suggestion to resolve the situation was to allow both bands to co-exist. MAZARIN B was more than happy to share the market. MAZARIN A and their attorney, to no surprise, weren’t having it. In their opinion, they were the only Mazarin, in fact – “Rock and Roll Legends of Long Island.”
Your Long Island-born Idolator had never heard of these self-proclaimed Legends, so we decided to search out their music; their MySpace page reveals that they have approximately 5,100 fewer friends than their Philly-based namesakes–and, like many bands hailing from Billy Joel’s backyard, their sound is a keen blend of Bon Jovi and Huey Lewis and the News.
Mazarin – Wheats [MP3, link expired]
MAZARIN (reluctantly) RETIRES – offers free download on myspace as consulation [Mazarin (Philly) MySpace blog]
Mazarin (Long Island) [MySpace]