If you asked singer Jonathan Coulton about his relationship with “Glee,” Fox’s teen-oriented musical series about a high school singing team that just happens to belt out autotuned versions of Top 40 hits, he’ll probably tell you there is none.
In fact, he was shocked to learn that “Glee” will cover his country-rock parody of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” on this Thursday’s episode. Coulton parodied the booty-appreciation hit back in 2005, and “Glee’s” cover sounds eerily similar to his original version, right down to his name drop of “Johnny C.”
Once he got word about Glee’s cover, he tweeted: “Hey look, @GLEEonFOX ripped off my cover of Baby Got Back: http://bit.ly/WME9Ho. Never even contacted me. Classy.”
Coulton told Wired magazine that he doesn’t mind having fans using his musical arrangement, but finds it “gross” when large broadcasters like Fox try to use his work without permission to make money.
Wired tried to get to the bottom of this possible rip-off when they contacted Fox, but a representative for the channel said “no comment.”
Does Coulton have a case against the “Glee” creators? Listen to both of these versions of “Baby Got Back” and tell us what you think below.