Surviving members of Murder dollsthe horror punk supergroup that included the late Slip knot drummer Joey Jordison on guitar and backing vocals, is currently wrangling over the details of a 20th anniversary reissue of the band’s debut album.
The effort, Beyond the Valley of the Murderdollsoriginally appeared in August 2002. Murderdolls broke up two years later, but briefly reunited in 2010.
This month, a Murderdoll’s website at murderdollsofficial.com began taking pre-orders for a vinyl reissue of the album. Subsequently, former Murderdolls guitarist Acey Slade (Dope, Misadjustments) and ex-bassist Eric Griffin celebrated with a reunion event at Ice Nine Kills– curated Silver Scream Con in Massachusetts on Sunday (August 28), according to Blabbermouth.
But former Murderdolls lead singer Wednesday the 13th responded with statements against the band’s activities, which he insisted were unofficial. Slade countered with claims that he was committed to re-releasing the album through official channels and with the act’s acquired trademarks.
Last week (August 25), Wednesday the 13th said on social media“It’s sad that this has to be said, but here it is: Murderdolls was created in 2002 by Joey Jordison and Wednesday 13. The name, the look, the lyrics, the music were all created by Joey Jordison and Wednesday 13.”
The musician, whose real name is Joseph Poole, continued: “Anyone other than Wednesday or Joey claiming to be the official Murderdolls are UNOFFICIAL. Any merchandise advertised using Joey and Wednesday’s original Murderdolls logos, music and lyrics, is NOT approved or authorized.”
Two days later (August 27), Slade answered in a postdetailing how he said he obtained the rights to legally market the band’s first album and surrounding legacy.
Slade relayed: “It became clear before 2020 that none of the alumni wanted to take on the responsibility of maintaining the legacy or business of the band. All business/legal purposes of the band were abandoned. Re-establishing the assets was time-consuming. and expensive, as you can imagine.”
He explained: “It also came to my attention that we were approaching the 20th anniversary of Besides… I contacted Warner Brothers to see if they had plans for a re-release and was informed that they did not. But they also indicated that they would be happy if I wanted to license the album and all its assets. It means re-release of Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls is officially licensed! And with that, all the images, photos, music videos, artwork that went with the album.”
Slade added, “I want to invite Jack [Tankersley]Race [Shay]Roman [Surman]Jason [West]Eric and of course Wednesday and Dizzy [Draztik] to attend this party. And should they ever need to use the band as a platform for their own endeavors, that would be not only welcome but encouraged, but that would be their choice. Reconnecting alumni and Murderdolls fans and extending the legacy of everyone who built it is what it’s all about.”
Still, Wednesday seemed unsatisfied with the explanation on Sunday. “My problems have nothing to do with any former members celebrating their 20th anniversary,” the singer said. “I’ve also been celebrating the anniversary on my tours this year. I’ve been celebrating it as Wednesday the 13th though, not Murderdolls.”
He added: “This was Joey’s band, he invited me into this world and I’m able to do what I do today because of him and the Murderdolls name and that’s what this whole situation is about . Murderdoll’s trademark had lapsed. This was unknown to Joey or I as the band was inactive and no one was looking for this. But it seems Acey was looking for it.”
There’s “no way I can see this other than he stole the name from Joey,” Wednesday said.
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