John Elway demands that Elway change its name, because, well, it was his name first

Categories: Hearsay

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There's only room for one Elway in this town.
Had to see this coming, right? I mean, it was only written on the wall in giant, ten-foot, orange letters. Just two weeks after we published our profile of Elway, the affably, ambitious punk quartet formerly known as 10-4 Eleanor, received a "hey would y'all please knock it off?" note from the iconic QB's legal eagles. Evidently, old Number 7 caught wind of the group's existence -- or, more importantly, learned of their chosen nom de tune from our piece -- and got John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt about it. Only instead of marveling, "Hey, that's my name, too!" he decided to sick his attorneys on the dudes.

As of right now, though, it's only a sternly worded email request -- not even a cease and desist -- and the outfit has absolutely no plans to cave.

"We have no intention of changing the name again," the dudes told PunkNews.org. "We love the name, regardless of what connotations are inferred by the listener. 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."

Andy Thomas followed up with Tim Brown, and according to the Elway frontman, last week, he received an email from someone in John Elway's camp advising him that he had become aware of the band by reading our feature (sorry, dudes) and was now requesting a name change. If the request was not met, evidently, further legal action might be required.

The name Elway is still a fairly new moniker for the boys, who just changed it that from their previous handle of 10-4 Eleanor less than a year ago. Brown being the smarmy punker that he is, insists that they have no intention of changing the name again and scoffs that the whole incident is "hilarious," adding that the other Elway should "maybe focus on his crappy football team that can't seem to win more than five games a year."

Not sure what, exactly, Mr. Elway hopes to accomplish with this gesture. Sure, the band, Elway, is carving out its own niche and gaining fans by the minute. But does the Comeback Kid really fear that the group has enough pull to, in some way, sully his good name? I mean, the guy has reached Godlike status around here. The only thing that can tarnish his legacy in this town is, well, losing.

If you haven't already, check out Andy Thomas's recent feature on the band, Elway, which just released Delusions, a brand new platter it recorded in Chicago with Matt Allison (Alkaline Trio, Smoking Popes, Less Than Jake), on Brendan Kelly's Red Scare Records imprint.

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Tsquared
Tsquared

I bet the band figured they would see some kind of press from the name at some point, but I doubt they thought it would come so soon.  John does not realize that he is just helping the band out by bringing attention their way.  Awesome.  I second the idea that they should have really hammed up the name and gone over the top with the name.  Then at least we could understand why he would have an issue with it.   Maybe we could all brainstorm and give the band a few ideas to get even more attention?Elway and the Tight Ends?   hee hee hee

Come one people!  Let's see what you got???  What is your best idea?

NumberThree
NumberThree

Hey John, don't you have more important things to worry about? While you are worried about a punk band from Denver, your Broncos are working on another #1 draft pick next year (if there is a year). Hey, maybe you should pick up this band to play defense. They have more balls then your current squad anyway (fast too). F it! They should change their name to Montana. He was a better QB anyway.

Hagman
Hagman

I may have a compromise that could put to rest almost any prospect of litigation, and, opens up a whole new arena of middle-finger marketing..."EL GUEY"!!!!!! (and is pronounced "EL WAY", w/ umlaut over the "u", that I didn't know how to type w/ my limited knowledge of, well, typing...).The translation, per my understanding, basically means: "The Castrated Ox"....

For the kids that grew up in the North and West sides of Denver, "Orale Guey!", was a pretty standard greeting at keg parties... And I always took it as "Hell Yeah! What's Up Motherf'rs?!".. 

So, that minimal sojourn into bilingualism, and with only a subtle dip into mispronunciation, "ELWAY"(The Band) could keep it's name w/ no recourse from the man....

I'm A "problem solver"! That's What I do! ha.

Thank Me Later,Hagman (Black Lamb/IL Cattivo)

ps.- If that doesn't work: "ALZADO" was one BAD mthfkr! and he don't need lawyers in Vallhalla... xo

Hags
Hags

Did I mention it ALREADY comes w/ an umlaut!!!

EL GUEY!!!!

JohnElwaysEatMyAss
JohnElwaysEatMyAss

Sounds like Elway is just steamed because he didn't get MONEY for the use of his name, like the car dealerships and restaurants. Too bad the band isn't named something satiric, like "John Elway's Teenage Lover" or "John Elway's Gaping Anus," then when they were sued, ACLU could represent them and win handily.

Too bad Elways has shown he is NOT fun or a good sport.

Kimberly
Kimberly

Hope the band has a good lawyer on retainer, because (sadly) if John's lawyers proceed with any litigation the band's chances of winning aren't particularly good. Sorry, but he trademarked his name when he got into the car and restaurant gig.

Vinflictor
Vinflictor

hardly! can you imagine the press this band will now get? and the BAD press John Elway will get for being an asshole? NOt to mention this is fair use.. think: Dead Kennedys

Kimberly
Kimberly

Will be interesting for sure, but let's be honest--this band is FAR from Dead Kennedy's status. Or Depeche Mode. Or Sugar Ray. Or Gnarls Barkley. Or Bad Company. Or any other high-profile band that took their name from a famous entity/film/etc.

sorry
sorry

I wonder if Gnarls Barkley knows that Knarls Barkley exists??? Hmmm...

SxPxDxCx
SxPxDxCx

They should change their name to "My wife got ass cancer so I divorced her so I could spend more time at the strip bar".

ethan
ethan

Are there any bands called 'Asshole'?  He should probably email them, as well.

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