M People founder Mike Pickering has said the band “doesn’t believe” that their song was used on stage by Prime Minister Liz Truss.
s Truss took to the stage at the Conservative Party conference with their 1990 hit Moving On Up, which featured singer Heather Small, before delivering her keynote speech.
The dance anthem, released by the Manchester-based band in 1993, peaked at number two on the UK singles chart.
Pickering told the PA news agency: “They (the band) are very colorful. Heather’s boy James is a Labor councilor. Hopefully most people will know that they have pirated it away from us.
“She won’t stay to use it much longer. I imagine.”
He added: “I don’t get it at all because they’re killing the live tour of bands and artists… I’m Mancunian and getting from Manchester to London these days is harder than going to the mainland continental Europe.”
Pickering said the band contacted their attorney but was told there was little that could be done.
He said: “The rest of the band was vibrating with me: ‘For God’s sake, how can we stop it?’
I just looked at the lyrics. Surprised. I hope she notices. It’s about, ‘Go and pack your bags and get out’Mike Pickering, M Everyone
“And we just called the lawyers and they said, ‘You really can’t stop it. We can send a cease and desist letter, but you can’t do that’.
“They can play what they like, which seems a bit weird to me.”
Miss Truss started the famous chorus of the rising song “Movin”, nothing could stop me. Movin’ up, you’re moving. Now that I’m out of work, nothing can stop me.”
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The song’s opening line reads, “You’ve got me wrong, your time’s up,” with the last line of the first sentence saying, “Move now, baby, keep closing.” your luggage”.
Pickering added that Ms. Truss should pay attention to the lyrics of the song.
He told PA, “I was just looking at the lyrics. Surprised. I hope she notices. It’s about, “Go and pack your bags and get out”. “
The son of the group’s lead singer Heather Small, James Small-Edwards, was elected Labor councilor for Bayswater, west London, in May.
After Ms Truss’ entrance, he tweeted: “A fitting choice! This tired and out of touch Tory government is indeed continuing to operate. “
Small has also previously shown her support for refugee charity Care 4 Calais’ #StopRwanda campaign.
When asked why he thought the song was used, Pickering replied, “No one told them ‘Tony Blair and New Labor used that song all the time’ or ‘Heather’s son is a labor councilor’ or ‘Mike is really popular on Twitter and social media for being an anti-Tory’.
“I don’t know why they use it. They are useless at everything. Who knows?”
According to her press secretary, Ms. Truss personally chose Moving On Up for her intro.
“There were a bunch of options and she chose that one,” he said.
The press secretary could not say whether the party had asked for permission, adding: “I don’t know the details of how licensing for this thing works.”
When asked about Pickering’s criticisms, the press secretary said: “I don’t know who he is.”
Boris Johnson previously used Friendly Fires’ Blue Cassette when he stepped out for the party’s convention last year.
The indie band then protested against the then prime minister, saying “they weren’t allowed” to use the song and they asked their management to make sure it wasn’t reused by the party.
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