Manitoba Forced to Change His Name

October 7, 2004 at 10:50 am 4 comments

>>> STOP PRESS!
>>>
>>> MANITOBA TO BECOME CARIBOU
>>>
>>> Dan Snaith, who released the albums Up In Flames (2003) and Start
>>> Breaking My Heart (2001) under the name Manitoba, has changed his
>>> name to Caribou following a lawsuit in the US. Frontman for punk
>>> band The Dictators, Handsome Dick Manitoba, sued Snaith for
>>> trademark infringement, despite never having released music under
>>> the names ‘Manitoba’ or ‘Handsome ‘Dick’ Manitoba’.
>>>
>>> “My immediate reaction was total disbelief,â€? says Snaith. “Most of
>>> the people I’ve talked to about it see this case as being utterly
>>> nonsensical. Unfortunately, US legal precedent didn’t agree and
>>> faced with a court case that I couldn’t afford to lose, I had no
>>> choice but to change the name.�
>>>
>>> Having spent the last year touring Up in Flames throughout North
>>> America, Europe, Japan and Australia with bands such as Stereolab,
>>> Four Tet, Broadcast and Prefuse 73, Dan is back in the studio
>>> working on the first Caribou album, tentatively entitled The Milk of
>>> Human Kindness.
>>>
>>> “This whole thing is an irritating distraction at a time when I’m
>>> more excited about the music I’m working on than ever before. I’m
>>> half way through finishing this new album and I can already tell
>>> that it’s the best and most focused music I’ve ever made.
>>>
>>> “I’m of the opinion that every second I spend talking about this
>>> Dick guy is a waste of my time.�
>>>
>>> Asked about why he chose Caribou (a large reindeer native to
>>> northern North America) as the new name, Canadian Snaith offers “We
>>> were just about to start a Canadian tour when we found out about
>>> this and it made sense to look there for the new name. We’d heard
>>> hippy friends of ours going on ‘vision quests’. I’m not sure we
>>> really understood the idea correctly but by the time we’d soaked our
>>> proverbial bandanas in the brown-acid dunk-tank and strapped
>>> ourselves to crucifixes on the back of a flatbed truck for a few
>>> weeks it became painfully obvious that the new name had to be
>>> Caribou. Talking caribou were central to our hallucinations.�
>>> Ironically, news of the lawsuit came just before Snaith performed
>>> his first concert in Manitoba – the Canadian province from whence he
>>> took the name.
>>>
>>> Snaith’s previous albums will be re-released worldwide under the new
>>> name. The Special Edition version of Up In Flames will be withdrawn,
>>> with the original single CD version taking its place. So catch that
>>> one while you can!
>>>
>>> The new album will be released worldwide under the name Caribou,
>>> through Domino in North America and The Leaf Label for the rest of
>>> the world.
>>>
>>> “At the end of the day, nothing’s going to change other than the
>>> name. I’m still attacking making music with the same fanatical
>>> vigour that I was before, and the music’s only getting better.â€?
>>>
>>> http://www.caribou.fm
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> http://www.theleaflabel.com

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board=general&action=display&num=1097170900

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Anonymous  |  October 7, 2004 at 12:10 pm

    He ought to go to Sweden and sue these guys:

    http://www.inflames.com/

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  • 2. Britain  |  October 7, 2004 at 3:11 pm

    Um… he’s been Handsome Dick Manitoba since the seventies. Swear to God, I’m not particularly a fan of the Dics, but when I first saw the headline of the post, my initial thought was that it was it was about Handsome Dick Manitoba. So his lawsuit, while certainly brutal, may not be entirely frivolous.

    As alluded to in Snaith’s comments, if Handsome Dick didn’t defend his name legally, even against an artist that he doesn’t dislike, that would set a precedent where someone like Justin Timberlake could start calling himself Handsome Dick Manitoba — you know, for the street cred.

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  • 3. ALJ  |  October 7, 2004 at 3:19 pm

    “As alluded to in Snaith’s comments, if Handsome Dick didn’t defend his name legally, even against an artist that he doesn’t dislike, that would set a precedent where someone like Justin Timberlake could start calling himself Handsome Dick Manitoba — you know, for the street cred.”

    Yes but the problem is were Justin Timberlake to change his name Handsome Justin Timberlake it wouldn’t be a violation of copyright, similarly if Snaith only uses Manitoba in his name and not the full name Handsome Dick Manitoba then how is he infrining on Dick’s name? Where does Handsome Dick get off claiming he owns the name Manitoba? After all it is part of Canada originally.

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  • 4. Kirstiecat » Blog Archive » Bands With Animal Names  |  August 31, 2006 at 12:04 pm

    […] They were so inspired by the music that Caribou, who used to be Manitoba, decided that they should frolic in the fields and it was there they saw The Unicorns running with Crazy Horse, Deerhoof and 16 Horsepower. Up ahead were beautiful Doves singing while they played CatPower. “We should really stop fighting eachother,” Caribou said and so they made a pledge to not hurt one another and even started their own Animal Collective. […]

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