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I haven’t delved into politics too much here on The Rock Father, but I’m always tempted (I’m a proudly registered Independent) – especially when stuff like this arrives. It seems with every campaign there’s always a band or two that gets caught in the crossfire, unkowingly having their music used by a candidate that they don’t support. This time? It’s SILVERSUN PICKUPS, and they’re slapping MITT ROMNEY with a CEASE AND DESIST. Check out the note that arrived here just moments ago… 

Seems as if the GOP is once again whimsically ignoring our great nation’s laws to do whatever it wants to do, and shooting itself in the foot in the process. Without any regard for copyright or intellectual property laws, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has, without permission, begun to use Silversun Pickups’ 2009 smash “Panic Switch” at campaign stops across the country. Neither the band nor its representatives were contacted to gain permission for the use of the song and the band has no intention of endorsing the Romney campaign. The band’s attorney issued a cease and desist today.

We don’t like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don’t like the Romney campaign,” said Silversun Pickups lead singer/guitarist Brian Aubert. “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.

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Now lets just crank up some SACRED REICH for a bit…


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