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Tuesday September 20th, 2011

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In 1991, three Windsorites formed a progressive rock band called The Tea Party in honour of the name given to the creative sessions of famous Beat poets Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs.

Today, after eight albums and a number-one single, The Tea Party is broken up, but recently reunited to play a summer tour this year.

Now, The Tea Party band is making world headlines as it’s in talks to sell its website, TeaParty.com to the American political movement of the same name.

BusinessWeek magazine reported this week that teaparty.com ranks highly in online search results for the term ‘tea party’, and band members are in talks to sell the name for $1 million USD. “So much damage has been done to our name by the political movement that we’re considering selling (the website),” Tea Party bassist Stuart Chatwood said to BusinessWeek magazine.

BusinessWeek says “it seems…that the top bidders will be looking to develop an invaluable fundraising portal for a Republican candidate or political group”.

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