A very strained relationship: Why politics and music don't mix
From Thom Yorke threatening to sue David Cameron to Obit Lembit's peculiar relationship with Cheeky Girl Gabriela Irimia
As Liberal Democrat junior transport minister Norman Baker prepares to release his new single “Piccadilly Circus”, we look back on the strained relationship between politics and music.
Whether it’s Tony Blair trying to be “down with the kids” by claiming to listen to The Foo Fighters, or John Prescott having water thrown over him by Chumbawamba at the Brit awards- it seems both groups use music for political means.
The Conservatives played Keane’s song “Everybody’s Changing” at the launch of their manifesto in 2010- a choice similar to Labour’s 1997 election song “Things Can Only Get Better”- but were quickly shot down by the band’s drummer for doing so.
Then there are the strained romantic relationships between MPs and musicians- take the classic example of Lib Dem MP Lembit Opik dating Transylvanian Cheeky Girl Gabriele Irimia: strained, and strange.
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Half of young women unable to ‘locate vagina’ and 65% find it difficult to say the word
- 2 Emma Watson on Jennifer Lawrence naked photo leak: 'Even worse than seeing women's privacy violated is reading the comments'
- 3 Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
- 4 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 5 Mexican woman becomes world’s 'oldest person' at 127
Scottish independence referendum: Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai and Frightened Rabbit to play in support of Yes campaign
Jessica Chastain demands Scarlett Johansson-fronted Marvel superhero movie
Downton Abbey series 5 start date revealed: ITV drama to return in late September
Nicki Minaj suffers wardrobe malfunction during MTV VMAs performance with Ariana Grande and Jessie J
Olivia Colman and Mary Berry top Radio Times' female power list
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
Ashya King: 'Cruel NHS has not given us the treatment we need', says father of five-year-old with brain tumour who fled to Spain