I wonder if the people at the music companies have been reading my blog. Here's the response I got from one of them today:
Dear Mr. Garret,
Further to your request for the use of BRAIN DAMAGE in the production entitled “Control,” please note that the song is not available for this use.
Thank you for the request.
There are two interesting things about this. First, I asked for a quote on a performance license, which I know they do give out because the Lounge Lizards did a cover of Brain Damage. (It's one of the funniest things I've ever heard. You can find it on iTunes.) Second, why didn't they just tell me this up front instead of asking me for all the term and territory information?
I've sent the following response:
Thanks for getting back to me.
Do you mean that it is not available for use in movies in general, or just not in this particular movie?
Is there anything else in your library with a similar feel that is available that you might suggest as an alternative?
How much is a performance license? (I know those are available because at least one band has done a cover version.)