R.E.M. vs Fox News

"Our music does not belong there."
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The members of R.E.M. have demanded that Fox News stop using 'Losing My Religion'.

R.E.M. may be gone, but their spirit lives on. Last month, Fox News began using the band's classic single 'Losing My Religion' during their reports on the Democratic Convention, provoking the group's ire.

Firing off a 'cease and desist' letter to the organisation, R.E.M. separated themselves from the reports. A statement (via Pitchfork) released by the band reads:

R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" was used in the Fox News coverage of the Democratic National Convention last night. R.E.M. today, through its music publisher, Warner-Tamerlane Music, demanded that Fox News cease and desist from continuing its unlicensed and unauthorized use of the song. Michael Stipe said, "We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage. Our music does not belong there."

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R.E.M. have always been vocal about their support for liberal causes, with Michael Stipe recently participating in the 90 Days, 90 Reasons project.

Here's the original video for '90 Days, 90 Reasons'.

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