The Tory minister left the stage to the strains of the band’s 1994 single Rocks after giving her speech in Manchester. This morning the band issued the following statement after learning of the track’s use:
“Primal Scream are totally disgusted that the Home Secretary Theresa May ended her speech at the Tory party conference with our song Rocks. How inappropriate. Didn’t they research the political history of our band?
Hasn’t she listened to the words? Does she even know what getting your rocks off means? Primal Scream are totally opposed to the coalition government, Cameron, Osborne, Gove, Howard, Clegg, etc.
They are legalised bullies passing new laws to ensure the wealthy stay wealthy, taking the side of big business while eradicating workers rights and continuing their attacks on young people, single parents and OAP’s by slashing education and social security budgets, in effect persecuting the poor for being poor.
We would like to distance ourselves from this sick association. The Tories are waging a war on the disenfranchised. They are the enemy.”