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Silversun Pickups ask Romney to Stop Using Their Songs
 
  by: Kibarra - Philadelphia, PA
started: 08/16/12 12:26 pm | updated: 08/16/12 12:26 pm
 
The Silver Sun Pickups, an alternative rock band of Los Angeles, were pushed to sending Presidential candidate Mitt Romney a cease-and-desist letter after he had been used their song 'Panic Switch' without permission of the artists. He used the track at a campaign event and this did not sit well with the band who rebutted with "We don't like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don't like the Romney campaign". Frontman Brian Aubert went on to say that they are generally nice people and won't bite, unless your Mitt Romney.

They were close to letting it slide because of the irony of the lyrics which Romney's campaign must not have known. The song includes lyrics like "Do your fingers itch, are you pistol whipped?" and seem to portray someone who is not mentally stable. Once the realization of the lyrics meaning set in, Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul responded to the band's statement by saying "The song was inadvertently played during event set-up before Gov. Romney arrived at the location. As anyone who attends Gov. Romney's events knows, this is not a song we would have played intentionally. That said, it was covered under the campaign's regular blanket license, but we will not play it again."

Understandably embarrassed at the inappropriate content of the song itself, it seems that the Romney campaign has learned a well needed lesson.


 
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