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Another political candidate is getting a cease-and-desist order from another rock act over the unauthorized use of a song during an election campaign. This time it's Mitt Romney’s camp, which is being urged to stop playing the Silversun Pickups’ hit "Panic Switch."
"We don't like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don't like the Romney campaign," Silversun Pickups lead singer-guitarist Brian Aubert said in a statement issued Wednesday. "We're nice, approachable people. We won't bite. Unless you're Mitt Romney! We were very close to just letting this go because the irony was too good. While he is inadvertently playing a song that describes his whole campaign, we doubt that 'Panic Switch' really sends the message he intends."
The song’s chorus says:
When you see yourself in a crowded room
Do your fingers itch, are you pistol-whipped?
Will you step in line or release the glitch?
Can you fall asleep with a panic switch?
The statement said the band’s attorney has issued a cease-and-desist letter to the Romney campaign.
Various politicians have run into trouble over the years attempting to fire up their constituencies using familiar pop and rock songs against the wishes of the artists.