90s legends M People have expressed their distaste after their music was used by Liz Truss at the Conservative party conference.
It’s a perennial bugbear amongst musicians – politicians seem able, and more importantly willing, to use whatever music they please, in whatever context they like. Donald Trump baited the Rolling Stones by frequently using ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ while Johnny Marr went as far as forbidding David Cameron from liking the Smiths.
Liz Truss is on rocky terrain already, and all eyes are on the new Prime Minister at the Conservative party conference. Aides informed media she would walk out to a 90s classic, with the politician choosing M People’s evergreen karaoke staple ‘Moving On Up’.
The move ruffled feathers, with founder Mike Pickering – who was also a famed Hacienda DJ – expressing his disgust, dubbing it “a soundtrack to lies”.
So apparently we can’t stop Truss walking out to our song, very weird! So sad it got used by this shower of a government. BTW Truss labour used it with permission in 90’s. I don’t want my song being a soundtrack to lies.
— Michael Pickering (@themike_p) October 5, 2022
Watch Liz Truss make her entrance below.
Liz Truss walks onto stage to M People’s ‘Moving On Up’.
(Trivia: Heather Small’s son was elected as a Labour councillor in May) pic.twitter.com/Y3th7Cv2tO
mdash; Pippa Crerar (@PippaCrerar) October 5, 2022
M People vocalist Heather Small has yet to comment, but her son James Small-Edwards is indeed a Labour councillor – for Bayswater, in fact.
Responding on social media, he writes:
An apt choice!
This tired and out of touch Tory Government is indeed moving on out 🎶🌹 https://t.co/1BG86JPcxa
— Cllr James Small-Edwards (@JSmallEdwards) October 5, 2022