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Elway vs. Elway

Posted on: May 29, 2011 12:34 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You probably haven’t ever heard of Elway (the punk band, not the former Broncos QB it’s named after), but thanks to its namesake, the band is getting some pretty solid publicity for being asked to consider a name change.

Though lead singer Tim Browne – who jokes that the band usually plays for about 30 people in various basements throughout the Fort Collins, Colo., area – says the band has been asked in a letter to change its name, he’s sticking true to his punk roots and won’t be kept down by the man.

“None of us really care about football that much," Browne told the Associated Press. "It’s not a direct reference to John Elway. We make no mention of him in records or in our art work. He’s local color, part of the local vernacular that people understand."

Although Elway* (the band, not the man) has been asked to change its name by Elway’s (the man, not the band) representatives, there was no cease and desist letter that came with the request.

*In case you want to check out the band at Atlas Studios in Chicago, click the below video.

"They’re banking on us being idiots and that we wouldn’t talk to a lawyer," Browne said. "They wanted us to email them back when we change the band’s name. I haven’t even responded to them. It’s blown my mind that it’s gotten this big.

"We’re just guys living in a van, driving across the country, playing shows with next to nobody (in the audience)," Browne said. "And then this multimillion dollar successful business man, Hall of Fame football player gets so mortified that a punk band would use his last name? It’s an incredible shock it happened.

"We’re not out to get John Elway. This situation is hilarious and he needs to loosen up. Life’s too short to worry about a punk rock band using your name."

Just in case Elway (the band) is thinking about acquiescing to Elway’s (the man) request, the punk rockers can take solace in this fact: a band once named after NBA star Mookie Blaylock has since gone on to do some pretty good things in the world of music.



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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 3:55 pm
 

Elway vs. Elway

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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 12:39 am
 

Elway vs. Elway

By the way, I doubt I could stop a band from using my last name for a band and I don't think Elway has that right, either.  He may have bee a Franchise quarterback, but he's not an actual Franchise unless he's copyrighted the name.

Bingo. You hit the nail right on the head.  No way in hell I would win in court if I tried to stop somebody from using my last name in their band, and Elway won't win if he tries either.  One of the guys in the band already said they checked with a lawyer.... like he said, does Elway think they would be stupid enough to take risks they don't need to take?

I don't know all the rules when it comes to what you can trademark or what you can't trademark but unless you do, there is no way of stopping anybody from doing this.  Elway is just being a greedy punk about this.. he profited off the public for years... his name made him and sponsors he profited from 10's of millions of dollars...  so why can't somebody profit off him?????   Is he the only person allowed to make money?  He's making himself look really stupid ... 



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2011 9:10 am
 

Elway vs. Elway

Brilliant John.  After you make these guys change their name, you can also go after the following name thieves:
Pink Floyd
Elton John
Bob Dylan
Jethro Tull
Lynyrd Skynyrd
The Dandy Warhols
Jefferson Airplane

You can clean up the entire music industry of name stealing.  Best of luck. 

Just take it as a compliment and move on.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 8:53 am
 

Elway vs. Elway

Not that it has anything to do with this thread, but I am sick of hearing the usage:  "the below video".  It's all caused by multiple choice selection D, which was too often, None of the Above.  When people started using these words as adjectives "the above this" and "the below that" it quickly became acceptable English syntax - added to the dictionary and everything (always the last definintion, I might add).  It is, nonetheless, lame writing and indicative of the piece in general.  Shaky writing, trivial subject.

By the way, I doubt I could stop a band from using my last name for a band and I don't think Elway has that right, either.  He may have bee a Franchise quarterback, but he's not an actual Franchise unless he's copyrighted the name.




Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2011 4:18 am
 

Elway vs. Elway

If it had been called Brister, I would hope Elway would have said something.



Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: May 30, 2011 9:39 pm
 

Elway vs. Elway

John it's a respect thing.  Mookie Blaylock was all into Pearl Jam and took it as a compliment.  I don't think that the name will stay but even if it is take it as a compliment.  



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: May 30, 2011 8:45 pm
 

Elway vs. Elway

I suggest the band's name be changed to Plummer.


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