R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe has hit out at Donald Trump for using his band’s music in his Presidential campaign.
The TV personality-turned-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).
Stipe and his bandmate have taken offence at their song being played as Trump took to the podium, with bassist Mike Mills later tweeting a statement on behalf of Stipe.
“Go fuck yourselves, the lot of you – you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men,” Stipe said. “Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.”
Mills 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 authorise 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.”
In June, Trump similarly angered Neil Young for using ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ to launch his campaign. Young said in response, “I make my music for people, not for candidates.”
Meanwhile, Donald Trump recently reacted to news that Kanye West intends to run for office in 2020.
He told Rolling Stone: “He’s actually a different kind of person than people think. He’s a nice guy. I hope to run against him someday.”
Trump continued, “He’s said very nice things about me in the past… extremely positive things. I was actually watching, I saw [his speech] and I said, ‘That’s very interesting. I wonder who gave him that idea?'”