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Fox News fires back at REM in ‘Losing My Religion’ cease-and-desist fight
Daily Caller ^ | 09-07-2012 | Jeff Poor

Posted on 09/07/2012 9:45:19 PM PDT by bronxville

On Friday, the musical act R.E.M. sent a letter to the Fox News Channel insisting that it stop using its song “Losing My Religion” in its news coverage — specifically this week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

“We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage. Our music does not belong there,” lead singer Michael Stipe said in a statement.

Late Friday afternoon, Fox News returned the volley by arguing they were within their legal requirements and suggested it was a publicity stunt by R.E.M.....

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012dncconvention; crybaby; foxnews; publicity; rem
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“We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage. Our music does not belong there,” lead singer Michael Stipe said in a statement."

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1 posted on 09/07/2012 9:45:34 PM PDT by bronxville
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To: bronxville

They should be Shiny Happy People, it’s the most play their music has gotten in years!


2 posted on 09/07/2012 9:49:29 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: bronxville

They have a point. The Democrats have long had no religion to lose.


3 posted on 09/07/2012 9:52:40 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: bronxville

They had just finished opening for Foghat in a Holiday Inn bar in Des Moines, when they saw it on the TV.


4 posted on 09/07/2012 9:53:07 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: bronxville

Stipe, a virulent sodomite, used to rant about Ronald Reagan’s AIDs policies in between songs.

Which is why their audience steadily became flaccid over the years.


5 posted on 09/07/2012 9:54:34 PM PDT by Senator Goldwater
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To: bronxville

I thought these old fags had already died.


6 posted on 09/07/2012 9:56:26 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (On 5 September 2012 A.D., the communist Democrats tried to kill God and failed.)
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To: bronxville
Michael Stipe is a bitter but rich gay man who is slightly to the Left of Castro.

Michael, your band broke up. The frat boys you hate were the ones who bought your records. It's over. Just shut up or overdose like a rock star.

7 posted on 09/07/2012 9:56:42 PM PDT by Volunteer (Though I know that the hypnotized never lie, do ya? - The Who)
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To: Snickering Hound
They had just finished opening for Foghat in a Holiday Inn bar in Des Moines, when they saw it on the TV.

Hey! Believe it or not I went to see Savoy Brown (Kim Simmonds and some youngsters) at a refurbished movie theater a few years back. It was a good show, Simmonds has still got it - - he even did 'Louisiana Blues'. (For you youngsters out there, half of the original Savoy Brown broke off and formed Foghat nearly 40 years ago.)

8 posted on 09/07/2012 10:03:17 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard
(For you youngsters out there, half of the original Savoy Brown broke off and formed Foghat nearly 40 years ago.)

I'm no youngster (I saw The Beatles in concert in 1966), but I didn't know that.

9 posted on 09/07/2012 10:08:05 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Senator Goldwater
Stipe, a virulent sodomite, used to rant about Ronald Reagan’s AIDs policies in between songs. Which is why their audience steadily became flaccid over the years.

I don't understand why these drama queens feel compelled to waste their paying audiences' time with political screeds. These people are the biggest narcissists. Imagine if the grocery checkout guy or the dry cleaner went off on some political monologue every time you had to deal with him. Besides, it's one thing to talk politics one-on-one in a social setting, and quite another to force-feed your views on someone who's paying good money to see you perform.

10 posted on 09/07/2012 10:10:51 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Inyo-Mono
I'm no youngster (I saw The Beatles in concert in 1966), but I didn't know that.

Sure you did. You just forgot.
: D

11 posted on 09/07/2012 10:14:06 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: bronxville

Of course this has absolutely nothing to do with the singer being a flaming faggot! /sarc


12 posted on 09/07/2012 10:14:37 PM PDT by Artcore
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To: Lancey Howard

Forgot what?


13 posted on 09/07/2012 10:19:34 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: bronxville

My wife is a singer and recording artist (if you want to hear what real music sounds like, try this: http://tinyurl.com/8zcz67k ), so I’ve had to learn quite a bit about music licensing. Every time some narrow-minded leftist twit whines about people whose politics he disagrees with daring to play his music at a rally, I always make it a point to spread this fact far and wide:

If the song is licensed to ASCAP or BMI, and you purchase an ASCAP/BMI public performance license, which virtually every public venue has, you can play any song in the library as many times as you want for any audience. If the composer wanted to maintain control over that, he should’ve never let the song out of his bedroom and signed a contract to let the evil capitalist licensing company collect royalties and send him the dirty money of fans he disapproves of.

TV play is different, as is the use of a song in an ad, film, commercial, etc. But if Fox says they had the appropriate license, I believe it, because that’s SOP for TV stations. One reason ASCAP and BMI exist is so you can make blanket licensing deals and not have to track down every composer of every song you want to play to get permission.

In other words, Fox is right: all this is just a pathetic show for publicity and for Michael to reaffirm his leftwing moron bona fides to all his fellow travelers. Play all the REM you want at public performance venues, and if Michael Stipe doesn’t like it, he can go whistle up a rope.


14 posted on 09/07/2012 10:21:17 PM PDT by HHFi
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To: Inyo-Mono

Exactly.
By the way, as I started to post this I went to put on the pair of glasses I grabbed off my desk only to clunk them into the glasses already on my head. Yikes..


15 posted on 09/07/2012 10:25:22 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: HHFi

Yup. 100% right.

Read the comments there. One lib is whining that it just isn’t so and Fox STOLE IT ALL!!!

God these libs get more pathetic by the day.


16 posted on 09/07/2012 10:29:49 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

Genius, Stipe! Complain when the democratic convention is OVER. Fox will certainly honor your request. Now that it has no consequence whatsoever.


17 posted on 09/07/2012 10:34:50 PM PDT by boop (It's not personal...it's strictly business)
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To: Norm Lenhart

It really should hurt to be so stupid


18 posted on 09/07/2012 11:02:29 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: HHFi

Very good voice. You are a lucky man.


19 posted on 09/07/2012 11:18:26 PM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: HHFi

sesac too


20 posted on 09/07/2012 11:19:48 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: bronxville

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ds50-nwAGpw
Wayne’s World - (REM Everybody Hurts Parody)


21 posted on 09/07/2012 11:25:27 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: HHFi

Hey, great music, lovely voice your wife has. Time to make a purchase. Thanks for the link.


22 posted on 09/08/2012 12:05:31 AM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: Senator Goldwater

Elton John does the same thing at his concerts.


23 posted on 09/08/2012 12:21:10 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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Stipe should stay disbanded:

R.E.M. breaks up, leaves behind career that balanced hits, integrity

24 posted on 09/08/2012 12:55:01 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Snickering Hound
"They had just finished opening for Foghat in a Holiday Inn bar in Des Moines, when they saw it on the TV."

Too funny!

The Kenyan must go.

25 posted on 09/08/2012 1:18:46 AM PDT by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: Lancey Howard

Hellbound Train baby


26 posted on 09/08/2012 1:22:42 AM PDT by wardaddy (this white hair don't cover up my redneck......)
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To: Zhang Fei

Because the media keeps describing them as “artists” and they’ve started to believe it.

Not everyone that picks up a guitar, sings, dances or paints a picture is an “artist”. IMHO, most of them are just working out their psychiatric problems in public, and people are stupid enough to not realize it.


27 posted on 09/08/2012 1:27:48 AM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: I still care

I got hooked on some Korean music (thank God for subtitles) and I have noticed a few things about them. Their girl/boy bands are almost always studio creations. They train them for sometimes years, sometimes they’ll be able to sing songs in English, Japanese and Chinese as well (!). I don’t think American rock stars have to go to school for years before they make a stage debut.

The fans in Korea are real tough, even the smallest scandal can ruin a career. (Not a real big country) A young girl band member being seen with a boy band member in a coffee shop can cause a scandal. (obviously they aren’t like Pervertland Japan- where many stars start off in U-15 (light kiddie porn in skimpy thongs) sometimes as young as 8)

Recently a band member of T-Ara tweeted something about being bullied by the other girls. A couple of band member de-friended (unfollowed?) her. Then she was fired (for making this public?). She is 18.

I think we can call some of them ‘artists’ but your right, often celebutards got rich and famous for things that are just trivial.


28 posted on 09/08/2012 1:38:39 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: bronxville

Folks called REM southern

Not...Yankees......none born or early reared in Dixie and it shows

I liked Radio Free Europe then they went soft.....became The Byrds part II

My wife toured in their circle of clubs around the south ....relationship with a contemporary of theirs who was big then too......she knew them.....she said Buck was a drunk but not a sissy

The rest....girly men.....she tired of the rock life.....met me and became a Williamson county housewife mommy....true story

Girls outgrow rock stars....least mine did

And Berry really wanted to be a farmer instead

And that Stipe did not really have an affair with Natalie Merchant


29 posted on 09/08/2012 1:41:48 AM PDT by wardaddy (this white hair don't cover up my redneck......)
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To: HHFi

Yes, correct.
I paid BMI good money every year for the privilege of simply playing my radio through the PA system.

He can go pound sand...


30 posted on 09/08/2012 2:56:45 AM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: bronxville

The ironic thing is that “losing my religion” has nothing to do with ‘religion’; is a euphemism for losing one’s temper and cussing.

In the song, Michael Stipe sings the lines “That’s me in the corner/That’s me in the spotlight/Losing my religion”.

The phrase “losing my religion” is an expression from the southern region of the United States that means losing one’s temper or civility, or “being at the end of one’s rope.” Stipe told The New York Times the song was about romantic expression.

He told Q that “Losing My Religion” is about “someone who pines for someone else.

It’s unrequited love, what have you.” Stipe compared the song’s theme to “Every Breath You Take” by The Police, saying, “It’s just a classic obsession pop song.

I’ve always felt the best kinds of songs are the ones where anybody can listen to it, put themselves in it and say, ‘Yeah, that’s me.’

[was Stipe pitching a hissy fit?]


31 posted on 09/08/2012 3:42:34 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: bronxville
I've seen REM twice - once opening for the Gang of Four and once because my sister had an extra ticket. Both times I fell asleep during their set! Full disclosure: Yes, intoxicants were involved, but I had no trouble staying awake for the Go4.
32 posted on 09/08/2012 3:45:12 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Surf music is the naked truth)
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To: dragonblustar

I attended an Elton John concert last March in Madison, Wisconsin with my wife (her idea...not mine...she loves him, I tolerate him). John played for about three hours and never delved into politics once. Not even homosexual issues. By the way, he sounds in concert exactly the same as he does on his records..er..recordings.


33 posted on 09/08/2012 3:54:52 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan

Me too, on the seeing them twice part - but it was at a time when hardly anyone outside of GA had heard of them. As in they were still on the Hib-Tone Records label. Saw them once for free in the daytime during the Piedmont Park Arts Festival in ATL, and the other time at the old 688 Club, which was a punk/new wave bar across I-75/85 from GA Tech, a block or so north of The Varsity.


34 posted on 09/08/2012 3:55:49 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: I still care
"artists"

That's been one my personal pet peeves for decades. I remember some musician (?) on some talk show many years ago objecting to being called an artist. He asserted that artists were people in studios who wore berets and smocks and painted pictures. He said he was a musician, not an artist. That always amused me, but it was a feeling I agree with. Personally, I'm an amateur musician...not an amateur artist.

35 posted on 09/08/2012 4:01:08 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: bronxville
Michael Stipe and Mario Batali are best friends or something. Can you imagine what it is like when these two are together? lol
36 posted on 09/08/2012 4:05:05 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: driftless2
"By the way, he sounds in concert exactly the same as he does on his records..er..recordings."

Its why I've always respected Elton John's work. He will not agree to perform at an event unless he plays live AND he is allowed to have his sound engineer run the boards and set up the equipment. He will not agree to backing tracks and lip syncing. His philosophy is people are paying hard earned money to see him and his band perform so its gonna be good and no corners cut!

Its why he was at one end of the stadium and not the center of the field when he played at the Super Bowl. You can't set up an entire band and get a decent sound if you have to roll everything on and off in under 20 minutes.

Say what you will but he is a professional performer and for that I respect him.

37 posted on 09/08/2012 4:15:19 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: bronxville

Give the freaks thier song back. Can’t tell whether thier men or democratic women, SCARY!


38 posted on 09/08/2012 4:21:30 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (bb)
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To: ronnie raygun

I agree. Fox News should go to the higher ground when possible. Musicians of the Left don’t want their music associated with the Fox brand? Fine. Remove them from the rotation. Don’t give them the exposure. Don’t enable their fading/diminishing voices reach the ears of potential new audiences.

And Republican candidates running for office should seek out those [musical] voices that extol their values/beliefs, as well. Reagan got into a flap with Springsteen over “Born in the USA” when he was campaigning. I don’t know if he discontinued use of the song, or not. But he should have (the song’s title suggests something different from the actual meaning of its lyrics anyhow).


39 posted on 09/08/2012 4:30:18 AM PDT by MarDav
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To: Mad Dawgg

My bad that wasn’t a Super Bowl Halftime show but the Season Opener show in 2004 at Gillette Stadium.


40 posted on 09/08/2012 4:38:49 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan

I saw them in College Station Texas in 1987. Stipe told the audience, “If you are drinking, please don’t drive. If you are in the military ... get out.” Being in NROTC, I was unimpressed, ignored his advice, and instead stopped listening to REM.


41 posted on 09/08/2012 4:57:39 AM PDT by LibertyJihad
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To: MarDav

AGREE


42 posted on 09/08/2012 5:12:55 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: bronxville

Fair Use argument. Neat. Screw R.E.A.M.


43 posted on 09/08/2012 5:16:41 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Communist Party = Democrats. Socialist Party = Republicans. WE NEED A CAPITALIST FREEDOM PARTY!)
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To: HHFi

Right...how about Rush playing The Pretenders song “My City Was Gone”.
Same gig.


44 posted on 09/08/2012 5:39:07 AM PDT by freeperkiki
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To: bronxville

For years, I couldn’t fathom how people thought it was okay to illegally download music. Over time however, I realized that it was just payback for all these liberal turds who find it appropriate to whine and spout their agenda at every opportunity. Also, is it just me, or is it only American bands that pull this? I’ve never heard Glass Tiger complaining when they play their stuff on The Five. I doubt we’ll hear Duran Duran whine about their use of “Girls On Film” yesterday. It’s moronic coke-heads like REM and RATM who feel the need to ram their agenda down people’s throats, even when they have no legitimate, legal right to their music once it is signed to the record company.

REM, another band I must remind myself never to send money to... a shame, seeing as how I enjoy “Orange Crush”, but this Stripe douchebag clearly doesn’t have a spine.


45 posted on 09/08/2012 5:40:52 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: bronxville

Hey R.E.M.

U.P. Y.O.U.R.S.


46 posted on 09/08/2012 5:54:11 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: Lancey Howard
I saw Savoy Brown open for Steppenwolf in Honolulu back in 75. He is an underrated guitarist. And it is too bad that Lonesome Dave and Rod Price are dead.
47 posted on 09/08/2012 5:56:10 AM PDT by JimC214
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To: HHFi
My wife is a singer and recording artist (if you want to hear what real music sounds like, try this: http://tinyurl.com/8zcz67k ), so I’ve had to learn quite a bit about music licensing.

Wow! She is good! Thanks!

48 posted on 09/08/2012 6:04:19 AM PDT by olezip
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To: bronxville

Hmm, they want their music to be out in the public forum so it can make them money, but they want to whine when someone uses it for something they don’t believe in.

How about we all just cease using your worthless excuse for “music” and then you can go to your graves broke and forgotten. Oh wait... They pretty much already are...

Hey Stipe, your “music” doesn’t belong in an elevator either, but that is the last place I heard an REM song.


49 posted on 09/08/2012 6:07:27 AM PDT by Have Ruck - Will Travel (Hmm, I wonder what would happen if I...)
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To: HHFi

Exactly right. I think the most obvious example of this is the Rush Limbaugh theme from the Pretenders My City was Gone. Chrissie Hynde loathes Rush but admits her mother loves him and can do nothing about his perfectly legal use of the song. The song is a whine about development destroying the Ohio she grew up in which is probably why you never hear lyrics when Rush uses it.


50 posted on 09/08/2012 6:07:33 AM PDT by xp38
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