The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are irate about a Pizza Hut commercial whose music is, in
the words of their publicist, a "total rip-off" of their 1997 hit "The Impression That I Get."
Lawyers for the ska-rock band have contacted the fast-food chain and are "in the
beginning stages" of negotiations, Mercury Records publicist Sheila Richmond said
A Pizza Hut spokesman said he was unaware of any contact between the band and the
company. "It would be premature to comment publicly until we've done our due
diligence," spokesman Jay Alison said.
Richmond said the Bosstones' lawyers "have definitely been in touch with Pizza Hut."
Though she couldn't characterize the negotiations, Richmond said it's unlikely the band
would want Pizza Hut to use its tune or a sound-alike, even if Pizza Hut agreed to pay for
it. She said the commercial prominently features a horn riff that mimics "The Impression
That I Get," a song from the Bosstones' 1997 album, Let's Face It.
"We want you to know that we did not sell this song to Pizza Hut," singer Dicky Barrett
told the audience at a Bosstones concert Saturday in Cambridge, Mass., before playing
"The Impression That I Get." He added, "Those people stole it."
The show was part of the Boston band's five-night Hometown Throwdown.
Pizza Hut is owned by Tricon Global Restaurants, Inc., a company that spun off a year
ago from PepsiCo. Tricon also owns fast-food giants KFC and Taco Bell. A Tricon
spokesman couldn't be reached for comment.