Published Sep 08, 2011How does a political campaign attempt to make itself cool to youngsters? With popular music, of course. Earlier this year, Metric blasted right-wing pundit Glenn Beck for using their song "Rock Me Now" on his radio show. Now, the New Pornographers are similarly incensed that Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak is using their song "Moves" at the end of each speech.
As the Globe and Mail points out, singer Carl Newman has posted series of tweets mocking Hudak's use of the track, which appeared on last year's Together.
Newman wrote, "Tim Hudak, who told you it was cool to use my song in your political campaign? Might I suggest instead 'Illegal Alien' by Genesis?"
He added, "If Cdn. political rallies are allowed to play ANY song freely without permission, why not just cut to the chase and use 'Born To Run'?"
Most of the frontman's tweets are similarly tongue in cheek, but he also wrote, "Putting politics aside, someone used 1 of our songs for their own public purposes and did not ask for our permission. Simple enough, right?"
We'll have to see if the party responds to these comments, but let's hope for Newman's sake that Hudak stops using the song to promote his campaign.