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(Huffington Post)   Silversun Pickups become the latest band to tell a Republican to stop using their songs, and while no one knows who they are, they certainly know who Mitt Romney is   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 90
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2012-08-15 10:19:17 PM
Why in Hell would Romney play this tune?

When you see yourself in a crowded room
Do your fingers itch, are you pistol-whipped?
Will you step in line or release the glitch?
Can you fall asleep with a panic switch?
 
2012-08-15 10:47:49 PM

BarkingUnicorn: Why in Hell would Romney play this tune?

When you see yourself in a crowded room
Do your fingers itch, are you pistol-whipped?
Will you step in line or release the glitch?
Can you fall asleep with a panic switch?


I think it's clear to most people that he and the people who work for him just aren't that bright.
 
2012-08-15 11:14:40 PM
I certainly know who they are, Subby. Then again, I'm not a Romney supporter with an iPod full of Mormon Tabernacle Choir music.
 
2012-08-15 11:14:47 PM
I know who they are. And they're actually really good, imo.

The Romney camp should talk to Megadeath. I hear Mustaine isn't fond of Obama.
 
2012-08-15 11:18:54 PM
Good. I love that song.
 
2012-08-15 11:47:36 PM
Holy jeebus, I want to see Romney at a video photo-op rockin' out to the Nuge.

THAT would be epic.


/Sock it to me?
 
2012-08-15 11:50:29 PM
Pretty soon R & R will be limited to Nugnuts and Wagner.
 
2012-08-16 12:08:45 AM

teto85: Pretty soon R & R will be limited to Nugnuts and Wagner.


I'm thinking Pat Boone.
 
2012-08-16 12:38:59 AM
From the comments: "Maybe the CD Rom can find some Megadeath".

Heh, I like that. I just may steal it without permission.

/CD-ROMney
 
2012-08-16 02:56:15 AM

Cyberluddite: I certainly know who they are, Subby. Then again, I'm not a Romney supporter with an iPod full of Mormon Tabernacle Choir music.


You're making them sounds like squares. There's probably a good sprinkling of hard edged Donny and Marie on their CD Walkmans as well.
 
2012-08-16 02:56:32 AM
I saw them in concert last week. They were farking awesome live. And I'm thrilled that they think Mitt Romney is a filthy piece of shiat.
 
2012-08-16 02:59:38 AM
The band doesn't ring a bell, but Republicans seem to do this a LOT.
 
2012-08-16 03:02:38 AM
Really? No Booksmart Devil? Because that would have worked way better.
 
2012-08-16 03:03:27 AM

DeltaPunch: From the comments: "Maybe the CD Rom can find some Megadeath".

Heh, I like that. I just may steal it without permission.

/CD-ROMney


Rmoney is definitely a WORM.
 
2012-08-16 03:04:13 AM
Add me to the list of people who know the band, and think they're pretty good. I was kind of under the impression that they were fairly well known though. I wouldn't consider myself on the cutting edge of music at all, but I've known about them for at least a few years now.

Oh, and this is a great music video. Link The girl in pink will be mine one day, but I just need to find a way to break it to my wife.
 
2012-08-16 03:05:09 AM
Has it really gotten to the point where the only professionals willing to be associated with Republicans are the ones that can own them?

In other news, Republicans are the slaves of the 21st century.
 
2012-08-16 03:14:36 AM

DoblerMeyer: Add me to the list of people who know the band, and think they're pretty good. I was kind of under the impression that they were fairly well known though. I wouldn't consider myself on the cutting edge of music at all, but I've known about them for at least a few years now.

Oh, and this is a great music video. Link The girl in pink will be mine one day, but I just need to find a way to break it to my wife.


I wholeheartedly endorse this event or product.
 
2012-08-16 03:27:05 AM

fusillade762: I know who they are. And they're actually really good, imo.

The Romney camp should talk to Megadeath. I hear Mustaine isn't fond of Obama.



if they took out the bit about the PMRC, Hook in Mouth would work
 
2012-08-16 03:30:21 AM
Actually, there's a ton of other songs by Silversun Pickups that have way more apropos lyrics.

The Royal We has this: To feel safe again look over your shoulder. Carefully look over your shoulder. You said you believe but believing won't fly.

Well Thought Out Twinkles has this: Now here we are revisiting a time a place a whole industry, well we... We promise we'll be leaving soon. We share apocalyptic views. How comforting that we feel it too. Who are we to promise we'll be leaving shortly.

Lazy Eye has this: That's why I said I relate. I said we relate. It's so fun to relate.

Hell, even Broken Bottles has this: And now we're breathing in a policy. Keep getting bludgeoned by the policy. Our poor little broken policy. Now why the hell is this all happening?
 
2012-08-16 03:38:30 AM

HotWingAgenda: Actually, there's a ton of other songs by Silversun Pickups that have way more apropos lyrics.

The Royal We has this: To feel safe again look over your shoulder. Carefully look over your shoulder. You said you believe but believing won't fly.

Well Thought Out Twinkles has this: Now here we are revisiting a time a place a whole industry, well we... We promise we'll be leaving soon. We share apocalyptic views. How comforting that we feel it too. Who are we to promise we'll be leaving shortly.

Lazy Eye has this: That's why I said I relate. I said we relate. It's so fun to relate.

Hell, even Broken Bottles has this: And now we're breathing in a policy. Keep getting bludgeoned by the policy. Our poor little broken policy. Now why the hell is this all happening?


You think they really care what the lyrics to the songs they use in campaign rallies say? They don't even care what bills implementing their policies say. Picking this band's most popular song regardless of its meaning is par for the course.
 
2012-08-16 03:57:19 AM

Serious Black: HotWingAgenda: Actually, there's a ton of other songs by Silversun Pickups that have way more apropos lyrics.

The Royal We has this: To feel safe again look over your shoulder. Carefully look over your shoulder. You said you believe but believing won't fly.

Well Thought Out Twinkles has this: Now here we are revisiting a time a place a whole industry, well we... We promise we'll be leaving soon. We share apocalyptic views. How comforting that we feel it too. Who are we to promise we'll be leaving shortly.

Lazy Eye has this: That's why I said I relate. I said we relate. It's so fun to relate.

Hell, even Broken Bottles has this: And now we're breathing in a policy. Keep getting bludgeoned by the policy. Our poor little broken policy. Now why the hell is this all happening?

You think they really care what the lyrics to the songs they use in campaign rallies say? They don't even care what bills implementing their policies say. Picking this band's most popular song regardless of its meaning is par for the course.


Very nice breakdown. No snark.

I also like the band, but then I also love Smashing Pumpkins and most shoegaze a la My Bloody Valentine, so take it for what it's worth.

/Lazy Eye is a hell of a great song.
 
2012-08-16 04:00:31 AM
Just here to add my support for the love of "Lazy Eye."

"Bloody Mary" is pretty damn good too.
 
xcv
2012-08-16 04:34:31 AM
Should let Paul Ryan pick the music, according to Wiki: "His musical preferences include Beethoven, Rage Against the Machine and Led Zeppelin"
 
2012-08-16 04:36:04 AM

xcv: Should let Paul Ryan pick the music, according to Wiki: "His musical preferences include Beethoven, Rage Against the Machine and Led Zeppelin"


Well, Beethoven is dead and can't object. The others can and will.
 
2012-08-16 05:03:30 AM

Cyberluddite: I certainly know who they are, Subby. Then again, I'm not a Romney supporter with an iPod full of Mormon Tabernacle Choir music.


You mean Zune full of Nickelback?

// love, love, love SSPU
 
2012-08-16 05:03:57 AM
Instead of a wimpy C&D letter, they should just charge the Romney campaign with millions of dollars in backpay, using RIAA copyright violations math.
 
2012-08-16 05:40:06 AM
They're a pretty decent band, actually. I think enough people know who they are.

Lyrics to that song do NOT fit the RMoney campaign very well. What the hell were they thinking?
 
2012-08-16 05:40:59 AM

Serious Black: I saw them in concert last week. They were farking awesome live. And I'm thrilled that they think Mitt Romney is a filthy piece of shiat.


What's so cool about that? Everybody thinks he's a piece of shiat. Even the people who are going to vote for him admit it.
 
2012-08-16 06:14:09 AM
Whenever a Republican chooses campaign music, they base the choice soley on the chorus or hook, never the actual verse lyrics.

Reagan wanted to use Born in the USA, ferchristsakes.
 
2012-08-16 06:29:51 AM
If I were ever to run for President, I would make it a point to not use campaign music. The crowd applauding (or jeering) would be enough for me. Since when do presidential hopefuls get their own entrance music, anyway? What was Herbert Hoover's entrance theme? How about William McKinley? Or Woodrow Wilson? These are things I must know.
 
2012-08-16 06:31:48 AM

Cubs300: If I were ever to run for President, I would make it a point to not use campaign music. The crowd applauding (or jeering) would be enough for me. Since when do presidential hopefuls get their own entrance music, anyway? What was Herbert Hoover's entrance theme? How about William McKinley? Or Woodrow Wilson? These are things I must know.


They probably had live marching bands back then. Just as a guess.
 
2012-08-16 06:52:06 AM
Cubs300
If I were ever to run for President, I would make it a point to not use campaign music. The crowd applauding (or jeering) would be enough for me. Since when do presidential hopefuls get their own entrance music, anyway? What was Herbert Hoover's entrance theme? How about William McKinley? Or Woodrow Wilson? These are things I must know.

Herbert Hoover would enter to the strains of "My Girl's Pussy", by Harry Roy and his Orchestra.
 
2012-08-16 06:52:37 AM

Disgruntled Goat: Whenever a Republican chooses campaign music, they base the choice soley on the chorus or hook, never the actual verse lyrics.

Reagan wanted to use Born in the USA, ferchristsakes.


My dad is a big right-winger, and he listens to music in exactly this fashion. The only words of the song he'll pay attention to are the chorus, and he'll decide he likes a song without even knowing what it says.

I wonder if there is something in the brain of a Republican that makes them ignore all parts of reality except the ones they approve of.
 
2012-08-16 06:55:19 AM

xcv: Should let Paul Ryan pick the music, according to Wiki: "His musical preferences include Beethoven, Rage Against the Machine and Led Zeppelin"


I'd love to see Ryan use some RATM. music. Maybe use No Shelter while showing Obomba on the screen.
 
2012-08-16 07:15:16 AM
Most people probably know that song/band as "the song that was used for the Suckerpunch trailers".
 
2012-08-16 07:19:05 AM
I've been listening to SSPU for years.

What is it about having and R beside your name that means you don't have to ask to use intellectual property?
 
2012-08-16 07:38:25 AM
I've been listening to them since at least 2008 subby. Lazy Eye is pretty good but check out Kissing Families from the first album or There's No Secrets This Year from their third.
 
Skr
2012-08-16 07:43:00 AM
I have yet to get into the Silversun Pickups. Listened through start to finish their discography courtesy of a friend, yet it didn't really stick with me. The Pumpkins hit me young with lasting impression, and the Pumpkins seem to gush about SSPU when ever they are brought up- so I guess I'll eventually pick up the torch.

Anyways, it is always pretty dickish when songs get used commercially without the express permission of their creators. Perhaps if the artist had completely lost rights to the song that would be a slightly different matter, but not much better.
 
2012-08-16 07:54:09 AM
Panic Switch is an awesome song, subby. I heard it on SiriusXM U (36, I think?) last year. I'm not going to pretentiously claim to be "a fan," but I definitely knew who they were.
 
2012-08-16 07:56:15 AM
Silversun Pickups?

movieactors.com

Never heard of it.
 
2012-08-16 08:00:21 AM
I always thought SSPU sounded like The Smashing Pumpkins 2.0. Couldn't really get into them.

/yet I love the Pumpkins
 
kab
2012-08-16 08:13:45 AM
Subby doesn't know what "no one" means.
 
2012-08-16 08:20:38 AM
Don't let ASCAP or BMI collect royalties for you if you don't want your songs to be played at specific events. Maybe its time they let artists opt out of blanket licenses sold to political groups.
 
2012-08-16 08:36:47 AM
silversun pickups are an excellent band. ive been listening to them for a few years now.
 
2012-08-16 08:40:44 AM

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: My dad is a big right-winger, and he listens to music in exactly this fashion. The only words of the song he'll pay attention to are the chorus, and he'll decide he likes a song without even knowing what it says.


Listening to music this way, especially popular music, is definitely a phenomenon limited only to right-wingers. You'd never catch a left-winger misinterpreting a song or only half paying attention to the lyrics.
 
2012-08-16 08:41:12 AM
(listens to a few Silversun Pickups songs on iTunes)

The song 'Lazy eye' sounds a bit familiar.
 
2012-08-16 08:42:14 AM

Riotboy: I always thought SSPU sounded like The Smashing Pumpkins 2.0. Couldn't really get into them.

/yet I love the Pumpkins


I agree but I'm almost the opposite - never was a big Smashing Pumpkins /Billy Corgan fan but like the Silversun Pickups. Maybe because we seemed to have more to choose from in the 90's. Or maybe because whenever I hear Billy Corgan, I see Big Bird. With Silversun Pickups, I only had the initial "That's a guy?" reaction.
/Republicans are smelly
 
2012-08-16 08:54:14 AM
More SSPU love here. Totally dig those guys.

Ever see them in concert? I swear the drummer is the hardest working guy currently touring.
 
2012-08-16 09:04:30 AM
Twilight made this band popular.

/indirectly
 
2012-08-16 09:13:15 AM
Slightly off-topic. I think Obama should tap The Boss and use "Born in the USA" for his campaign. Just to troll the birthers.
 
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