Every Joke You Can Wring From This “Guns N’ Roses Ripping Off Ulrich Schnauss” Story Is Way Too Easy

RP Splitter RoseAs if the instant denouement that greeted Guns N’ Roses long-in-the-works Chinese Democracy wasn’t sad enough, now comes the news that German electro-gaze composer Ulrich Schnauss is suing GNR frontman Axl Rose, along with Interscope-Geffen-A&M and a few people who have been associated with the Guns brand in recent years, for copyright infringement. Schnauss and two labels that distribute his work claim in the lawsuit that the track “Riad N’ The Bedouins” ripped off not one but two of his compositions, and as a result they want a million dollars in damages. Clips of all three tracks, after the jump!


Guns N’ Roses – “Riad N’ The Bedouins”



Ulrich Schnauss – “Wherever You Are”



Ulrich Schnauss – “A Strangely Isolated Place”



Oh, sigh. It is hard to think that one could blame this on “sloppiness,” given the painstaking way with which the album was apparently put together. Really, wouldn’t it have been less expensive for Rose to just hire Schnauss on for a couple of weeks?


Guns N’ Roses Sued for Ripping Off Ulrich Schnauss on Chinese Democracy [Pitchfork]

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  • http://nedraggett.wordpress.com NedRaggett

    I keep forgetting that this actually came out.

  • thumper

    i hope Herr Schnauss sucks them dry

  • http://twitter.com/neonvampyre neonvampyre

    I really liked Chinese Democracy and this was one of the standout tracks. I can understand if Ulrich Schnauss feels his copyright was infringed, but a million bucks? The intro to this song is so insignificant. Its not like the samples were incorporated into the chorus or verse. It was rather lazy on Axl or the producer to not whip up an intro like that themselves in five minutes. I am sure there were many similar sounding musical sections lying around from the aborted sessions with Moby when he was involved in the project. I wonder who tipped off Schnauss.

  • KeithHopkin

    Here’s a much more concise version of the samples:
    http://www.thatsongsoundslike.com/2009/10/07/guns-n-roses-vs-ulrich-schnauss/