As it turns out, it sounds like it's pretty hard to get a band to lend your their song to use during your campaign for president.
This week, the Turtles and Queen issued statements after their singles were played by Team Donald Trump during the Republic National Convention without permission.
“We are frustrated by the repeated unauthorized use of the song after a previous request to desist, which has obviously been ignored by Mr. Trump and his campaign,” said Queen, after Trump entered stage left to “We Are the Champions,” clearly unbeknownst to the band. Meanwhile, “Happy Together” did not sound so happy when singer Howard Kaylan took to Twitter to announce, “We never approved this use. Now we call the lawyers.”
Bad enough, Queen’s Brian May already advised against the use of their song by the Trump campaign in June, issuing a public notice on the band’s website stating.
“This is not an official Queen statement, but I can confirm that permission to use the track was neither sought nor given. We are taking advice on what steps we can take to ensure this use does not continue. Regardless of our views on Mr Trump’s platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool.”
But it’s always been a bumpy road curating Trump’s personal soundtrack long before he snagged the Republic nomination. In fact, these artists didn’t even want to be dubbed over a speaker as Trump is in the same room. Let's do a recap: