The band Silversun Pickups wants Mitt Romney to stop using their 2009 single “Panic Switch” at events and political campaigns, firing off a cease and desist letter to make sure he does immediately.
Brian Aubert, the band’s frontman says Romney has been using their single without asking for permission… not that he would’ve received it if he asked for permission.
“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.” Aubert also notes that the candidate’s illegal use of the song is ironic, because “he is inadvertently playing a song that describes his whole campaign.”
In the letter, the band notes that in 2008, GOP nominee John McCain was sued by Jackson Browne for using his hit song “Running on Empty” without permission. That was just one of many such examples, so many in fact that the GOP promised to “respect and uphold the rights of artists and to obtain permissions.”