It's been a while since I posted about music or politics, but I can't keep my fingers from tapping away as soon as the two intertwine.
I got a little giddy to read that a band I love I can now love even more. Silversun Pickups, who are connected to one of my favorite bloggy ladies of all time, Grace Davis, issued a cease-and-desist order to the Romney campaign to stop using their song "Panic Switch."
According to Huffington Post, the band's statement includes this gem from frontman Brian Aubert:
"We don't like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don't like the Romney campaign. We're nice, approachable people. We won't bite. Unless you're Mitt Romney!"
They join the ranks of Tom Petty and David Byrne, who have kindly and legally asked Republican politicians to not use their music without asking permission.
No matter what party you belong to, don't put art out on a national stage for an historical event without doing the due diligence and extoling the respect to ask permission for use. It's not cool.
Applause to you, Silversun Pickups, for standing up for the integrity of your song and artistic rights. I can't wait to see what the encore sounds like.
Let's all enjoy the song that may have a certain some-candidate's PR folk sweating and spinning right about now. It's always been super liberal to me.