A Guy Called Gerald launches crowdfunder for legal help amid royalties dispute

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  • He is raising funds to stop the "unauthorised exploitation" of his music.
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  • A Guy Called Gerald is fighting back against the exploitation of his music by Rham Records. Following a statement Gerald Simpson (AKA A Guy Called Gerald) made in May, he is now crowdfunding for legal advice to help claim money he is owed for hits like "Voodoo Ray" and Hot Lemonade. "As 'Voodoo Ray' raced to No.12 in the charts," writes Simpson on the Crowfunder page, "I had to live in a squat, work at McDonalds and give interviews out of phone boxes. Yet the guys running the label, selling my music, never paid me a single penny for my part in the label's success." He continues: "Can you imagine the frustration? Acid House's summer of love was in full swing and all I could think about was survival, while these guys spent the next four years exploiting my music. They ditched the label in 1992 and everything went quiet until 2019 when the nightmare started up again." Rham was relaunched in 2019 and allegedly uploaded Simpson's music to streaming platforms without permission. Simpson is now looking to raise £20,000 to help with legal fees. "My work is blatantly being taken advantage of, again, and it's time to end this," he writes. "There is no agreement between me and this new company, verbal or otherwise, and I'm reaching out to you, asking for your help to stop this crook who is stealing from me." Support the crowdfunder here.
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