Artists tell campaigns, delete me from your playlist
August 16th, 2012
04:45 PM ET
10 years ago

Artists tell campaigns, delete me from your playlist

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign can now point to something it has in common with Ronald Reagan's - a musical act is asking it to stop using its music at campaign stops.

The rock band Silversun Pickups this week served Romney's campaign with a cease-and-desist order after it says Romney's campaign used its song, "Panic Switch," at an event earlier this month.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    mittens is a plutocrat, and he does not have to follow any rules. When are you people going to finally understand that?

    August 16, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. BLKMANinAmerica

    Good more ought to do this.

    August 16, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. myviewis

    What Silversun Pickups need to do is take a shower and clean up.

    August 16, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. Chipster

    Wouldn't you think that, by now, campaign managers would know better than to use an artist's music without permission. That is so rude and unprofessional.

    August 16, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Squigman

    This should have happened a long time ago. The republicans, are real bad about this practice. They're probably trying to sway the youth vote. Got news for you fat, bald, beer gutted and illiterate, it ain't happening.

    August 16, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. Obama - Ending the American Dream as We Know It

    Who cares.... so is the LSM rolling out all the rock groups opposed to Romney/Ryan now and trying to get out the clueless young dummy vote??? Great way to determine the future of the country. Let the most stupid among us determine it.

    August 16, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Pat Boone doesn't mind , he ripped all his hits off anyway.

    The guy that likes to shoot things , Ted Nugget . Play his songs Romney , real loud !

    August 16, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. john

    romney aint well like by blue collar money cant buy you...

    August 16, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. stevenfbrackett

    This happens every election cycle. Have you noticed it is ALWAYS the republicans that get caught breaking the law?

    August 16, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. Donkey Party

    Myviewis – If you like the theft of copyrighted material, and you don't like 1st Amendment rights, you can migrate back to wherever it is you claim to have migrated from (the Fox News blogger's basement?).

    August 16, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  11. CBR

    Did you ever notice that when any information surfaces about what campaign did or did not do there is always someone form the campaign who tells us it was done by mistake. Please give us more credit than that. Just admit it and apologize. Stop playing the blame game and telling us that someone else made the error. You are responsible for what happens in your campaign. Mistakes are made but adults apologize and move on.

    August 16, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Artists don't want to connected to politics that aren't theirs. Can you blame them for asking for a cease and decist order?

    August 16, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  13. GonzoinHouston

    If they had paid the band the appropriate royalties there wouldn't have been a peep out of anyone. Bands may be politically biased, but music executives are mercenary to the core!

    August 16, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  14. Jane

    @myviewis: Actually, what the Romney campaign needs to do is bone up on copyright and licensing laws. They could ask Mitt; he's supposed to be such a hot shot businessman.

    August 16, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |