Thom Yorke says he'll sue PM if he uses Radiohead's music

Jan 17, 2013

Yorke isn't the first musician to square up to a politician over a tune - here's five more spats

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THOM YORKE, singer with the British band Radiohead, would prefer it if bankers and politicians didn't like his band's music and he will "sue the living shit" out of David Cameron if the PM uses a Radiohead song in an election campaign.

In an interview with Dazed and Confused magazine, Yorke expresses his distaste for the idea of Cameron being a fan, but says he can live with it as long as the Tory PM doesn't use the music to try to win votes.

Yorke isn't the first musician to tell a senior politician to keep their hands off their music. Here are five more examples where tunesmiths have had public spats with 'suits' in Whitehall and further afield.

Oasis vs Tony Blair: The Labour leader said Manchester's Oasis were "a great band" and famously invited Noel Gallagher to Downing Street for drinks in 1997. But as Blair's popularity plummeted Gallagher said he was sick of the PM's endorsements and launched a scathing attack on his decision to invade Iraq.

The Smiths vs David Cameron: Guitarist Johnny Marr told Cameron to stop saying he loved The Smiths's music fuming: "I forbid you to like it." Singer Morrissey backed his former bandmate and took a swipe at the PM's love of hunting for good measure.

Primal Scream vs Theresa May: The Home Secretary walked off-stage at the 2011 Tory Party conference to the sound of the Scottish band's tune Rocks. The band said they were "totally disgusted" by the use of the song and questioned if May knew what the phrase "getting your rocks off" actually meant.

Keane versus the Tory Party: Pop group Keane aren't exactly radicals, but they were "horrified" when one of their songs was used in 2010 as part of a soundtrack at the launch of the Conservative election manifesto. Drummer Richard Hughes said the Tories had not asked to use the song Everybody's Changing and he wouldn't be voting for them.

Rage Against the Machine vs Paul Ryan: Ryan, Mitt Romney's running-mate in the 2012 US election, went public with his admiration for the US band, calling them one of his favourite acts. It wasn't an endorsement the politically-active, left-leaning band wanted. They said his admiration was "amusing" because "he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades". Ouch.

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