R.E.M have responded to the fact that President Trump used their music in a meme on Twitter.
Trump had posted a meme that positions his latest State of the Union address against down-cast looking politicians including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders. The post was soundtracked to R.E.M’s 1993 track “Everybody Hurts.”
However, the clip posted from Trump’s account has since been removed from Twitter.
And the band weren’t happy about the use of their 1993 hit, making their thoughts about the American president clear.
They tweeted: “World Leader PRETEND!!! Congress, Media–ghost this faker!!! Love, R.E.M.”
World Leader PRETEND!!! Congress, Media–ghost this faker!!! Love, R.E.M.
— R.E.M. HQ (@remhq) February 15, 2019
The line “World Leader Pretend” is a reference to the band’s 1988 track of the same name, which included the lyrics, “I raised the wall and I will be the one to knock it down.”
It’s not the first example of the band coming up against the president. In 2015, Trump and other politicians used the band’s 1987 track, “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” during rallies and frontman Michael Stipe had more than a few words to say about it.
Stipe said: “Go fuck yourselves, the lot of you — you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men. Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.”
R.E.M formed in 1980 in Athens, Georgia and released 15 albums before they parted ways in 2011.
In August 2018, fans were given a shock when they thought the band had reformed when their name began trending across social media, but it turned out to be because a track on Ariana Grande’s album ‘Sweetener’ shared a name with the band.
However, the band did recently released a version of ‘E-Bow The Letter’ featuring Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and discussed Yorke’s band along with the deaths of Kurt Cobain and River Phoenix during an ‘At the BBC’ podcast.