Bringing people together is not something we usually praise Donald Trump for – he’s more the “build a wall to keep us apart” type after all. But this week, Trump and his toupee have sparked a reunion of sorts in the music world. Following the use of their iconic Seven Nation Army in a promotional video, The White Stripes have banded together once more just to express their extreme dissatisfaction.
Although not used in an official campaign video from Trump’s camp, the track features in material made by his supporters which has been widely circulated. Jack and Meg White have issued a joint statement addressing the use of the song in connection with the Republican candidate.
“Regarding the use of “Seven Nation Army” in a Donald Trump campaign video, The White Stripes would like to unequivocally state that they have nothing whatsoever to do with this video. They are disgusted by this association, and by the illegal use of their song.”
The duo are not the first musicians to take umbrage at having music appropriated by Trump. Adele, Neil Young and R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe are just a few from a long list, one which includes Trump’s apparent friend, Steve Tyler of Aerosmith.
They are also not the first to highlight the illegality of using music without permission. Despite the video no being officially produced by Trump’s campaign, the video can still be construed as an unlawful sync if the producer did not seek permission.
However, The White Stripes have gone one step further than just calling out Trump on his presumed association with them. An anti-Trump slogan tee has been added to the online store for Jack White’s Third Man Records. Emblazoned with “Icky Trump” (Icky Trump… Icky Thump..! Get it?!) apparently they are selling fast. To add insult to injury, the shirts have the following lyrics print on the back taken from the song Icky Thump.
You buy your own anti-Trump t-shirt here via Third Man Records, though due to high demand customers have been told to expect shipping delays.