Watch the Republican party house band cover David Bowie at party’s National Convention

Right-wing audience listens to lines referencing cocaine

The US Republican Party’s house band covered David Bowie‘s ‘Station To Station’ at its National Convention last night (July 18).

The house band is led by GE Smith, familiar to US TV audiences as the former house band leader on Saturday Night Live.

The band performed Bowie’s 1976 single faithfully, meaning the traditionally conservative Republican Party audience at the convention in Cleveland were treated to the lyric “It’s not the side-effects of the cocaine / I’m thinking it must be love”.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has had a troubled time with rock music lately. A string of musicians have refused to let Trump use their music at his rallies, including Adele, who refused to let ‘Rolling In The Deep’ be used in February; The Rolling Stones, whose ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ was used until they issued a statement in May; Queen, whose guitarist Brian May voiced his fury after ‘We Are The Champions’ was used in June; Aerosmith, who said using ‘Dream On’ gave a false impression that they support Trump even though singer Steven Tyler is a Republican; and REM, whose singer Michael Stipe called Trump’s campaign “moronic” after he used ‘It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’.

Neil Young initially said he couldn’t prevent Trump from using ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ at Trump’s rallies as the politician had the relevant licencing papers. However, after Young then called Trump “racist and misogynist”, Trump posted a photo of him with Young during a meeting at which Democrat-supporting Young had approached Trump hoping to raise funds for his Pono MP3 player.