Everyone that came to see Jonathan Coulton played were hardcore fans, and we're talking about 600+ nerds who knew all of JoCo's songs by heart .…
I got a chance to finally listen to the Glee version a few days ago, and it's basically a karaoke version of Coulton's arrangement - down to "Oakland booty" intro, the banjo plucking, and "Johnny C's in trouble" lyrics. Understandably Coulton is really upset about this. Fox's representatives won't credit or even acknowledged using Coulton's music or arrangement.
From Coulton's blog:
… [Fox]'s within their legal rights to do this, and that I should be happy for the exposure (even though they do not credit me, and have not even publicly acknowledged that it’s my version – so you know, it’s kind of SECRET exposure). While they appear not to be legally obligated to do any of these things, they did not apologize, offer to credit me, or offer to pay me, and indicated that this was their general policy in regards to covers of covers.
Glee's "Baby Got Back" is currently on iTunes, making money off of Coulton's work. Coulton is turning this around and putting his original 2007 cover back on iTunes under the title "Baby Got Back (In the Style of Glee)." This is a bit of a joke that he's "covering" Glee, when in fact: it's exactly like his version.
All proceeds from now until the end of February to two charities: The VH1 Save the Music Foundation and The It Gets Better Project.
You know who's really happy about all this? Sir Mix-a-Lot.
Can you tell which song is which?