Joe, can you explain whether the following would be appropriate in your view?
- Paul McCartney playing the Beatles song Let It Be
- Neil Young playing the CSNY song Helpless
- J Spaceman playing the Spacemen 3 song Take Me To The Other Side
- Noel Gallagher playing the Oasis song Don't Look Back In Anger
- Dave Matthews solo playing the Dave Matthews Band song Ants Marching
I think there is a difference to playing a song by your old band live, which he does ... a lot, and attempting to re-brand a song or songs by your old band, credited as being written by your old band, on a greatest hits package as a solo artist.
And just so we're clear, this is not just something I am against with Richard & The Verve. Mike Peters of The Alarm, whom I was a huge fan of in their early days, has taken to re-recording, arranging & re-issuing their back catalog, namely their first two albums. As how they were supposed to sound, according to him. On most of those songs, he is a co-writer, while some are band writes. I find it a huge slap in the face to the other members to do that, to take what they created together as if it was yours solely. I don't believe any of the artists above have taken a song by their old band & placed it on a solo best of or greatest hits package. McCartney possibly, though I have a best of of his, I think a 4CD set, and I'm fairly certain no Beatles tracks appear on it. And, if they did, I'd still think it was wrong.