by Gwynn Guilford
Indie band Silversun Pickups is the latest band to rail against Republican use of their music – but there are always a few of these throughout the campaign. Andrew Kirell offers some advice:
Note to Republicans: musicians tend to dislike you — whether that be for political reasons or for fan-pleasing purposes — so avoid playing their music at any point during a campaign event because you will likely get called out, and you will likely be embarrassed.
He rounds up the most recent rounds of reprimands:
Notable musicians Jackson Browne, Foo Fighters, John Mellencamp, John Hall, and ABBA(?!?!) all demanded Sen. John McCain quit using their tunes during his 2008 campaign; the Wilson sisters from Heart famously reprimanded Sarah Palin for using “Barracuda” to promote herself that same year. Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist was sued by his doppelgänger David Byrne for using a Talking Heads song in 2010. And, of course, George W. Bush made a fair amount of enemies in Mellencamp, Tom Petty, and Sting.
Maybe try Megadeth?