Primal Scream might have vented their fury at the Conservatives’ use of their 1994 single ‘Rocks’ yesterday (October 5), but it turns out the track played was actually The Dandy Warhols‘ ‘Bohemian Like You’.
The band responded angrily to Twitter reports that Home Secretary Theresa May had left the stage to the song after her speech at the Conservative party conference in Manchester. They said they were “totally disgusted” to be associated with the Tories, issuing a statement to say that they felt the use of the track, with its lyrics about drugs, was “inappropriate”.
Part of the statement read: “Didn’t they research the political history of our band? Hasn’t she [Theresa May] listened to the words? Does she even know what getting your rocks off means? No. She is a Tory; how could she?”
It went on to criticise the coalition government, calling them “legalised bullies”, and continuing:
We would like to distance ourselves from this sick association. The Tories are waging a war on the disenfranchised, they are the enemy.
But the official in charge of sound at the conference said that there were no Primal Scream tracks on the iPod used. The confusion seems to have stemmed from Labour MP Kerry McCarthy, who was tipped off by someone in the hall and posted a tweet about it, linking to the lyrics. After the truth came out about the real identity of the track, Mrs McCarthy said the two songs “admittedly sound similar”.