Apparently sometimes cover bands can be too good.
Mine does not suffer from this problem, but I found it interesting all the same. FWIW, the master license is far, far more expensive than a cover license; I get small-quantity mechanical licenses for the Palette-Swap Ninja stuff, even though a) we are likely safe as parody and b) we don’t make any money and likely wouldn’t be worth going after. Either way, we do it to avoid any…Imperial entanglements.
But this? Getting a master license so you can record a cover version is a nice dream if you’re the copyright owner but not feasible for anybody who would want to, you know, record a cover.