REM’s Michael Stipe to Donald Trump: ‘Do not use our music for your moronic charade of a campaign’

September 10, 2015

R.E.M.’s singer Michael Stipe recently ripped into Donald Trump for using his band’s music in his Presidential campaign.

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Trump (Republican candidate) used REM’s 1987 song ‘It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’ at a rally in Washington DC on Wednesday (September 9).

Here’s what R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills tweeted:

Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 8.51.10 AMMills added, “Personally, I think the Orange Clown will do anything for attention. I hate giving it to him.”

The band later issued a collective statement on Facebook, which read, “While we do not authorize or condone the use of our music at this political event, and do ask that these candidates cease and desist from doing so, let us remember that there are things of greater importance at stake here. The media and the American voter should focus on the bigger picture, and not allow grandstanding politicians to distract us from the pressing issues of the day and of the current Presidential campaign.”

 

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