Spotify Really Wants You To Listen To The Eagles

Have you heard? The Eagles have landed on Spotify. Did you hear this? You probably did, as it’s all Spotify is talking about. The Eagles! They have landed. Heard of them? Want to hear them now? Oh look, here’s another alert, right where Spotify usually updates you on your friends’ activity and the like. It reads: “The Very Best Of The Eagles by Eagles is now available on Spotify.” Fancy that!

But where to begin? The Eagles are so classic, so seminal, it’s agony to start with just one track. If only there was some YouTube mashup that played all their songs at once, that would be a real time-saver. “Witchy Woman”? “Desperado”? “Hotel California”? Not the original “Hotel California,” certainly. I once promised an old roommate that I’d only ever play the Spanish version of that.
 
This is such a momentous occasion I hardly know what to say. Spotify, that you’ve given us “albums and singles from The Eagles’ epic 40+ year history,” well, it’s almost too much good news to absorb at once. I feel as though I can finally, in a way I never have before—what’s the term—not “Take It Easy”—oh yeah: “Take It To The Limit.” Wait a minute, that isn’t the montage song from Scarface? Ripoff.
 
 

Odd Future’s Frank Ocean vs The Eagles

If you are going to straight-up steal someone’s music and you get caught, because there was no way you aren’t the rip-off is so incredibly blatant, wouldn’t you at least be a bit respectful? After all, you clearly appreciate whomevers music you’re taking. Not so with Frank Ocean.  The so-called mellow member of Odd Future used The Eagles “Hotel California” for his free mixtape nostalgia, released almost a year ago, and is now being as unapologetic and curse-wordy as it gets over the supposed lawsuit from The Eagles’ Don Henley and Warner Music Group. 

Here is the song:

So yeah.

On his Tumblr, Ocean writes this expletive-laced rant:

“He (They) threatened to sue if I perform it again. I think that’s fuckin awesome. I guess if I play it at coachella it’ll cost me a couple hundred racks. If I don’t show up to court, it’ll be a judgement against me & will probably show up on my credit report. Oh well. I try to buy my shit cash anyway.”

He continues:

“They also asked that I release a statement expressing my admiration for Mr. Henley, along with my assistance pulling it off the web as much as possible. Shit’s weird. Ain’t this guy rich as fuck?”

Ocean’s Odd Future group member, the always brash Tyler the Creator, has also added his two cents, Tweeting

Tyler the Creator

 

The label told the LA Times, The Eagles and  Don Henley haven’t even threatened legal action, though the band is now considering it. Was this a PR ploy to drum up press for his mixtape?  Did he take to instigating out of boredom? Is there actually a suit? What’s going on?!?!? Who knows.