Mitt Romney has been using Silversun Pickups’ “Panic Switch” during official rallies lately, but here’s the big problem — he didn’t get permission from the band. So, the Pickups gang slapped him with a cease-and-desist yesterday. Here’s Silversun Pickups lead singer Brian Aubert:
“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 wrote. “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.”
Romney’s camp issued a statement:
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.
Luckily enough, DEVO came through in the clutch! They dropped a song for Romney yesterday. One song in, one song out.