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Keane anger at Conservatives song use

By | Published on Wednesday 14 April 2010

I know, the mental picture of the Keane boys getting properly angry about anything isn’t exactly an easy one to conjure up, almost as hard as trying to imagine Tom Chaplin having a rawkus enough life that he’d really need rehab. But angry they are, and at those Tory boys, who used Keane song ‘Everybody’s Changing’ during the Conservative Party manifesto launch yesterday.

Upon hearing the news, the band’s Richard Hughes took to Twitter to say: “Told the Tories played Keane at their manifesto launch. Am horrified. To be clear – we were not asked. I will not vote for them”. Asked about their use of the Keane track, a Conservative spokesman told the BBC: “It’s a great song and David’s a great fan”.

As much previously reported, there is nothing artists can do about political parties playing their records at rallies and other such events, because such public performance of recorded music is covered by a blanket licence.