As we approach the launch of Memorial Day weekend and in turn a potential wasteland of NFL news, it’s time to start getting information from unlikely sources.
Like the punk rock equivalent of PFT.
In Colorado, an obscure punk band that has named itself “Elway” apparently has landed on the radar screen of Hall of Fame quarterback and Broncos V.P. of football operations John Elway. The band Elway claims that the quarterback Elway has, via a lawyer, asked the band to change its name.
“Last Thursday we got an email from a lawyer who represents Mr. Elway in his various legal and business excursions,” the band said in a statement provided to PunkNews.org. “The letter basically said that John had become aware of our little punk rock band and, though we make no reference to him in our songs or artwork, he saw fit to dispatch his legal team to demand that we (again) change our band name. It is important to note that this letter is not a cease and desist and does not imply that we are being sued, it reads more like a flexing maneuver mired in legalese. Of course, any Coloradoan worth their salt might point out the absurdity of Mr. Elway’s insistence on legally strongarming a virtually unknown punk band rather than focusing his attention on mending the badly broken Denver Broncos, but that’s a whole different issue.”
Elway the band plans to hold firm against Elway the man. “We love the name, regardless of what connotations are inferred by the listener,” the band said. “Surely, if the Dead Kennedys could become one of punk’s most popular bands without incurring litigation, Elway can keep their moniker and continue making so-so music for our dozens of fans to enjoy.”
It does seem a little heavy-handed to step on the throats of a struggling punk band, but if they become the next Sex Pistols or something, it would possibly be too late for Elway to make his views known about Elway.
That said, the name really isn’t all that compelling or creative, especially since one of their songs is called, Patrick’s Scarf is So Douche. Besides, we doubt that many football fans fall within the group’s core demographic. But they’re getting some decent exposure because of the emerging flap, due in part to the fact that not much else is going on.
Indeed, it’s going to become so slow soon that maybe Rosenthal, MDS, Silva, and I will start an acapella rap group.
Maybe we’ll call it Favray’s Junk.