...and then gets told, "tough".
Norman Cook has told the Conservative Party that he doesn't want them to use his 'Happiness' song, as Pizzaman, at their party conference in Bournemouth this week.
When he was approached by the party, the musician responded negatively, only to be informed later that a loop hole in the law permits the party to use the song regardless of the artist's opinion. Turns out that political parties are allowed to use any music they like, so long as they pay the PRS and the venue they're using has a PPL licence.
What does that mean? I dunno...
Labour have previously used a Cook composition: Fatboy Slim's 'Right Here, Right Now' was used in 2004. Writing on his official website, Cook said:
“At least the Conservatives had the decency to ask first unlike Labour. The Tories however remain my least favourite political party so an emphatic ‘no’ is the answer.”