By Sarah Godfrey – Washington City Paper
Next week, two things long thought impossible will occur: the country will prepare for the swearing in of its first black president and the original members of the go-go fusion band Lissen will reunite. The band plays together as one big happy group on Sunday at Mirrors.
The woes of Lissen (also known as L!ssen) have been covered extensively by both City Paper and the go-go bible TMOTT, but here’s a brief history of the conflict: In 2004, band members Scooby, Tuffy and O (also known as Frank Marshall, Andre Jackson and Jasen Holland, respectively) split from the group to start a new band and attempted to trademark the name Lissen. Group member Michael Thompson (who claimed he came up with the name back when he, Marshall, Jackson, and Holland were in high school), filed with the federal Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to oppose the effort.
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