Last night Today Tonight featured a story on composer Alan Caswell who wrote the memorable Prisoner theme song “On the Inside.”
But Caswell says his song has been ripped off by US country band, Alabama with their song “Christmas in Dixie.” Their version went to #35 on music charts and is still a festive favourite in the US.
Caswell has a damn tight case, based on the chord progression and time-signature of the song. It’s like a hokey country version of the Wentworth Prison theme tune.
But according to Caswell he is trapped by the fact both artists are signed to the same record company: Sony.
Unlike the Down Under / Kookaburra sits in the Old Gum Tree case, Caswell has been unable to have his record company mount a legal case. He has been pursuing the issue since 2003.
He is believed to be seeking an independent legal case.
Sounds like a job for The Freak….
The original is still the better performance with its melody and vulnerability.