Rock Band Silversun Pickups Slaps Romney with a Cease & Desist for Using Their Music at Rallies

Conservative politicians are generally so insane about copyright law, at least when it comes to corporations, so why are they constantly jacking songs from musicians without permission? The latest incident in this long history of infringement: Mitt Romney's been using "Panic Switch," by LA rock band Silversun Pickups, but his campaign never asked if it was okay, and now they are pissed:


The Los Angeles-based band's attorney sent a cease and desist letter to the Republican presidential candidate's campaign on Wednesday. A news release says neither the band nor its representatives were contacted for permission to use the 2009 alternative rock hit and the group "has no intention of endorsing the Romney campaign."

"We don't like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don't like the Romney campaign," Silversun Pickups lead singer Brian Aubert said in the statement. "We're nice, approachable people. We won't bite. Unless you're Mitt Romney! We were very close to just letting this go because the irony was too good. While he is inadvertently playing a song that describes his whole campaign, we doubt that 'Panic Switch' really sends the message he intends."

Thanks for not going the irony route, guys—that might be cute in the club but doesn't really work on a national political stage. Silversun Pickups are indeed right about the "Panic Switch" "message," however. Some choice lyrics: 

Mm, I'll try
To hold on tight tonight
Pink slip
Inviting me inside
Wanna burn skin
And brand what once was mine
But the red views
Keep ripping the divide

So maybe it was the campaign staffer who chose this with the ironic streak? Who knows, but Andrea Saul, Romney spokesperson, said it was an accident. You decide!


AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at August 16, 2012, 8:51am

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