Campaign season has hit full swing already, and, as usual, politicians are making bad music decisions all over the place. The latest is Republican candidate Mitt Romney, who was sent a cease and desist letter by Silversun Pickups for using its 2009 song “Panic Switch” without permission at campaign stops around the country. The band released the following statement:
“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.”
The Romney campaign has not commented on the letter, or whether the candidate is even vaguely aware of the existence of Silversun Pickups. Romney doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who’s necessarily “hands on” in the music department.