“R.E.M.’s ‘Losing My Religion’ was used in the Fox News coverage of the Democratic National Convention last night,” a statement on the R.E.M. HQ website said. “R.E.M. today, through its music publisher, Warner-Tamerlane Music, demanded that Fox News cease and desist from continuing its unlicensed and unauthorized use of the song.”
“We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage,” lead singer Michael Stipe said. “Our music does not belong there.”
I guess REM’s music only belongs on solid, serious, unbiased outlets such as MSNBC.
Considering God got booed at the Democratic convention, Losing My Religion was a pretty fitting choice by Fox News. But hey, if that’s the way REM wants it, fine, scrap Losing My Religion for all remaining re-elect Obama events and use songs that better describe the state of this administration and economy — such as The End of the World as We Know It and Everybody Hurts.
Hey, when did John Malkovich join REM?