Australian musicians including Savage Garden alumnus Darren Hayes have roundly slammed the ‘alternative hottest 100’ playlist released by Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives party.
Bernardi’s Spotify playlist included classic Australian tracks, symbolising defiance against changing the date of Australia Day and following Triple J’s decision to move its Hottest 100 from January 26 out of respect for Indigenous Australians.
“I don’t support your party, values, or views. Remove my music from your promotions. You do not have permission to use my music,” tweeted Darren Hayes to Bernardi.
Other artists who were included on the playlist also condemned its message.
“Why would you listen to anything @corybernardi says, especially about music?” posted music legend Jimmy Barnes.
Powderfinger, The Temper Trap, Spiderbait and others publicly demanded that Bernardi cease using their music to promote his politics.
Hip hop group Hilltop Hoods got straight to the point, tweeting, “Go fuck yourself @corybernardi.”
In an ABC RN Breakfast interview, Bernardi hit back at the many critics of his Spotify stunt, telling Hayes to “get over yourself” and saying that the artists on the playlist should be “grateful”.
“Music is for everyone,” Bernardi said.
That particular comment prompted a storm of social media responses contrasting Bernardi’s apparent attitude about music with his stance on denying services to gay couples.
“How does this sit with your idea that wedding cakes are only for straight people?” tweeted one person.
Spotify has had the final say on the politically charged playlist, quickly removing it as “inappropriate or offensive”.
As January 26 draws closer, calls from Indigenous Australians and others to #changethedate of Australia Day continue.
I don't support your party, values or views. Remove my music from your promotions. You do not have permission to use my music. https://t.co/fBmVisypLz
— Darren Hayes (@darrenhayes) January 17, 2018
NO! We do not condone the use of our music on the @SpotifyAU @AuConservatives #AustraliaDay play list. It's an outrage to use Spiderbait music for political means without permission – Especially when @CoryBernardi and his political views are SO so far from our own @TripleJ https://t.co/MGrtkc19jw
— Spiderbait (@spiderbait) January 18, 2018
Why would you listen to anything @corybernardi says, especially about music?
— Jimmy Barnes (@JimmyBarnes) January 18, 2018
Go fuck yourself @corybernardi.
— Hilltop Hoods (@hilltophoods) January 17, 2018
Music is for everyone. Wedding cakes are only for some.
Cory is for Cory and nobody else.
— Ewen Bell (@ewster) January 18, 2018
How does this sit with your idea that wedding cakes are only for straight people?
— Helen Murti (@HMMurti) January 18, 2018