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Republicans aren’t feeling much love from the music industry this election year. Rage Against the Machine, Silversun Pickups, Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider have all told someone of the Republican party to back off of using their music. Now REM has stepped up, ordering Fox to stop playing their hit song, “Losing My Religion.”
According to NME, the band released a “cease and desist” order via their website Thursday, September 7. The band writes, “R.E.M.'s 'Losing My Religion' was used in the Fox News coverage of the Democratic National Convention last night. R.E.M. today, through its music publisher, Warner-Tamerlane Music, demanded that Fox News cease and desist from continuing its unlicensed and unauthorized use of the song. Michael Stipe said, "We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage. Our music does not belong there."
Republican vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan felt the wrath from both Dee Snider and Rage Against the Machine earlier this summer after Snider denounced the GOP via his website, saying, “I emphatically denounce Paul Ryan's use of my song 'Were Not Gonna Take It' as recorded by my band Twisted Sister. There is almost nothing on which I agree with Paul Ryan, except perhaps the use of the P90X.”
Prior to that, Rage Against the Machine lead guitarist Tom Morello wrote a lengthy Op/Ed to Ryan, saying, “Ryan claims that he likes Rage's sound, but not the lyrics. Well, I don't care for Paul Ryan's sound or his lyrics. He can like whatever bands he wants, but his guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent is antithetical to the message of Rage.”
Silversun Pickups ordered Mitt Romney to stop playing their song, “Panic Switch,” on his campaign trail early last month, also ordering a cease and desist.
The band's front man, Brian Aubert, said at the time, "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!"