The English are, as a whole, less litigious than Americans. People don’t sue each other nearly as frequently on the other side of the Atlantic. (They settle their differences by glassing each other down at the pub.)
That said, what an Englishman says he will “sue the shit out of” you, you can assume that he’s not saying it lightly. As a result, England’s Conservative Prime Minister, David Cameron, should think long and hard before using any of Radiohead’s music the next time he runs for re-election. Via The Independent:
In a rare interview to promote his side project Atoms for Peace, Yorke told Dazed & Confused: “I can’t say I love the idea of a banker liking our music, or David Cameron.”
“But I also equally think, who cares? As long as he doesn’t use it for his election campaigns, I don’t care. I’d sue the living shit out of him if he did. I can’t believe he’d like [Radiohead album] King of Limbs much,” he added.
This isn’t the first time a British musician has been less-than-thrilled with the idea of the Conservatives using their music as a campaign theme.
In 2010 Keane’s single “Everybody’s Changing” was used at a Conservative Party manifesto launch leading drummer Richard Hughes to react on Twitter with the words: “Am horrified. To be clear – we were not asked. I will not vote for them.”
That said, if Cameron and the Tories are really stuck for a campaign theme the next time around, we’re sure the members of 5ive would appreciate a royalty cheque or two.