First, it was John McCain and [lastfm]Jackson Browne[/lastfm]. Then it was Charlie Crist in Florida and [lastfm]David Byrne[/lastfm]. Now, it’s [lastfm]ABBA[/lastfm] and a far-right party in Denmark. When will politicians learn: You don’t get to use music for free!
[lastfm]ABBA[/lastfm] recently spoke out against the Danish People’s Party, a far-right wing, anti-multiculturalist political party, which had been using the band’s songs at rallies.
[lastfm]ABBA[/lastfm] “never allows its music to be used in a political context,” according to co-founder [lastfm]Benny Andersson[/lastfm] said. “This is something that we have pointed out to the Danish People’s Party.”
The DPP had even rerecorded a version of “Mamma Mia,” retitled “Mamma Pia” in honor of the group’s leader, Pia Kjærsgaard.
This isn’t the first time [lastfm]ABBA[/lastfm] has had to protect its intellectual property rights against politicians, either; McCain had used “Take A Chance on Me” at rallies in 2008, as well.
What is it about the Swedish legends that intrigues politicians so? Are the songs just that catchy? Or do the pols think no one will notice?
Or maybe … it’s the costumes and choreography: