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Dando sues car giant for song use

The Lemonheads' Evan Dando
Dando's It's a Shame About Ray is at the centre of allegations

Lemonheads singer Evan Dando has taken legal action against US car maker General Motors for re-recording one of his songs and using it in an advert.

The musician sued GM at Los Angeles Federal Court for violating his copyright on It's a Shame About Ray.

Dando is seeking damages and a portion of profits from the 2008 TV campaign for Chevrolet and Buick models.

The US manufacturer, which has been hit by the economic crisis, recently sought federal protection from bankruptcy.

GM, along with music licensing company Asche and Spencer, have yet to respond to the claims.

The Lemonheads scored a number of hits on both sides of the Atlantic in the 1990s, including Into Your Arms and a cover version of Mrs Robinson.

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