David Bowie's son Duncan Jones bemoans Donald Trump's use of dad's music at rallies
'I have been told there is little we can do about it,' Duncan Jones said, hinting Donald Trump's rallies featuring David Bowie's songs
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Pop icon David Bowie's son Duncan Jones has bemoaned that "there is little" he can do to stop former President Donald J. Trump from using his father's music at his political rallies. The unauthorized use of his father's work is bothering him.
Jones, 51, an outspoken critic of Trump, 76, has expressed frustration at his legendary father's music being played at Trump's rallies after the former POTUS recently announced his third bid for the White House. Jones, who has tried to block Trump several times from using his father's records, recently took to Twitter to call out the Republican juggernaut.
The acclaimed film director, known for his movies 'Moon' (2009) and 'Source Code' (2011), slammed the former US President for continuing to use his father's records despite pushback. Jones now believes Trump is doing so just to "wind" him up. Responding to a tweet about the GOP candidate blasting Bowie's 'Heroes' at Mar-a-Lago, Jones wrote, "Pretty sure he's just doing that now to wind me up." The disgruntled director also added that he's virtually powerless to do anything about it. "I have been told there is little we can do about it," he wrote.
This is barely the first time Trump has faced backlash for his use of music during a presidential run and political events. Earlier this week, the estate of Isaac Hayes threatened legal action against the former President for using a 1966 Sam & Dave song at his campaign rally. Hayes' estate said they won't be endorsing Trump during his 2024 presidential campaign, especially after he used the 1966 hit 'Hold On I’m Coming' during the announcement of his presidential candidacy for the third time. Hayes, who co-wrote the chart-topper with musician David Porter, ridiculed the song's use at his rallies.
No one has better moves than President Trump! pic.twitter.com/4mvk1lFOpk— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) May 7, 2022
“We are exploring multiple legal options to stop this unauthorized use,” Hayes’ estate said in a statement. They added, “Stopping a politician from using your music is not always an easy task, but we are dedicated to making sure that Donald Trump does not continue to use ‘Hold on I’m Coming’, written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter, in further rallies and public appearances.”
In January 2021, disco group The Village People slammed Trump for playing their 1978 classic 'Y.M.C.A.' at a farewell event. “We have no ill will toward the president, but we asked him to cease and desist long ago,” the group said in a statement to Billboard. “However, since he’s a bully, our request was ignored. Thankfully, he’s now out of office so it would seem his abusive use of our music has finally ended. We hope to spearhead a change in copyright law that will give artists and publishers more control over who can and cannot use our music in the public space. Currently, there is no limit to blanket licensing,” they added.
Trump just ended his rally with some dancing to the YMCA 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/vLjyMgm7tW— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) October 14, 2020
Trump has played songs by some of the biggest names in the music industry at his rallies, including Rihanna, Adele, Elton John, and several others. The estates of Prince, Tom Petty and Leonard Cohen have since demanded that their artist catalogs be relinquished from public events, albeit in vain. Meanwhile, in yet another blow to Trump's critics, the former president's Twitter account was reinstated by Elon Musk after users recently voted for the move in a public poll on the platform.