New Pornographers Political Row

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The New Pornographers have hit out at Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak after he borrowed one of their songs.

Politics and music have an un-easy relationship. With politics becoming ever more media based, more and more public figures are attempting to co-opt musicians for some cool-by-association.

MGMT recently took on French President Sarkozy, while Elbow battled David Cameron's Conservative party. Now Canadian group The New Pornographers have hit out at the Ontario Progressive Conservative party.

Leader Tim Hudak uses a variety of exit music, including some Canadian indie rock. A fan of 'I'm With You' by The Stills, Hudak has also used music by Arcade Fire at previous conventions.

Right now, Hudak is favouring 'Moves' by Vancouver group The New Pornographers, something which has enraged the band (via CBC). Writing on Twitter, songwriter Carl Newman bluntly asked the politician to cease and desist.

"Tim Hudak, who told you it was cool to use my song in your political campaign? Might I suggest instead Illegal Alien by Genesis?" he tweeted.

Continuing, the songwriter wrote: "If Cdn. political rallies are allowed to play ANY song freely without permission, why not just cut to the chase and use Born To Run?"

Tim Hudak has yet to comment.

Rivals in the Liberal party have set up a cheeky Facebook poll to find a new song for the Ontario Progressive Conservative party. As things stand, Sheryl Crow's version of 'The First Cut Is The Deepest' is out front.

It seems that pop music has made major inroads into Canadian politics. The NDP leader Andrea Horwath entered a massive rally in Toronto during the week to the strains of 'Dog Days Are Over' by Florence & The Machine.

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