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WWW.WORTH IT
Friday, November 28, 1997

Pop quiz: how many bands (not cover bands, mind you) have the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the U.K." in their repertoire? The answer is four -- at least according to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Performers' database <http://www.ascap.com/>. (For the curious, those four are Frazier Chorus, Megadeth, Motley Crue and Green Jelly.) ASCAP, one of the three major music licensing organizations in the United States, set up this site to help people in the music business keep out of copyright trouble, but the ASCAP page also works well for curious fans trying to find out who wrote what. This site, and databases like it at the two other licensing organizations, BMI <http://www.bmi.com/> and SESAC <http://www.sesac.com/>, can also be helpful in determining how many songs a performer's written, or even something as simple as how many songs include a particular word in their title -- say, "Internet." Turns out there are 17, including what must be advertising jingles -- for instance, "Internet Birds (Microsoft)." Either that, or Bill Gates is cutting an album, something far too horrifying to contemplate.
Rob Pegoraro (rob@twp.com)

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