R.E.M. To FOX News: Stop Playing Our Song

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Singer Michael Stipe of R.E.M (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

Singer Michael Stipe of R.E.M (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

(CBS Seattle) – The members of the alternative rock band R.E.M. are taking issue with FOX News’ coverage of the Democratic National Convention and have released a statement  asking the network to stop using their song “Losing My Relgion” during telecasts. Here is the post straight from the band:

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.”

FOX News and several Republican candidates have been catching flack from music artists all election season. Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider asked Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan to stop using his song “We’re Not Gonna Take It” during various campaign stops. The Silversun Pickups have also asked Mitt Romney’s campaign to not use the song “Panic Switch.”

During his reelection bid in 1984, former President Ronald Reagan was asked by Bruce Springsteen to stop using his anthem “Born in the USA.” In 2004, Foo Fighters’ frontman Dave Grohl also complained about former President George W. Bush using the song “My Hero” for his reelection bid.

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