For the second time during his brief presidential campaign, Donald Trump is in search of a new theme song. In June, Neil Young publicly rebuked Trump for using “Rockin’ in the Free World”, instead granting permission to Democratic front runner Bernie Sanders. Now, R.E.M. has sent a cease and desist to Trump after he played “It’s the End of the World” during a recent campaign stop.
The band said in an issued statement:
“While we do not authorize or condone the use of our music at this political event, and do ask that these candidates cease and desist from doing so, let us remember that there are things of greater importance at stake here. The media and the American voter should focus on the bigger picture, and not allow grandstanding politicians to distract us from the pressing issues of the day and of the current Presidential campaign.”
R.E.M.’s Mike Mills and Michael Stipe offered further comment on Twitter.
Watch R.E.M.’s video for “It’s the End of the World” below.