First, it was Mike Huckabee who used a rock band’s hit song “Eye of the Tiger” during a press conference following the release of the Rowan County clerk Kim Davis who was jailed for defying a Supreme Court decision for her to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The band, Survivor, is suing Huckabee and Davis for unauthorized public performance of a copyrighted material.
Then, the rock band R.E.M. lashed out at Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday after Trump took the stage at a rally in Washington D.C. to the tune of one of their best-known songs.
“Go f*ck yourselves, the lot of you — you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men,” lead singer Michael Stipe said in a statement to The Daily Beast. “Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.”
Trump and Cruz both spoke at an event protesting the White House’s proposed nuclear arms agreement with Iran. Trump appeared with the band’s hit, “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” playing in the background.
But in contrast, famous composer Stephen Sondheim surprised both the political and music circles by offering all Republican presidential candidates free and unconditional use of one of his most famous compositions, a song written for the 1973 musical, “A Little Night Music.”
The song is “Send in the Clowns.” It won the Grammy’s Song of the Year in 1975.