More Aussie Artists Tell Cory Bernardi Where To Stick His Conservative Hottest 100

Written by Emmy Mack on 22nd January, 2018

More Aussie Artists Tell Cory Bernardi Where To Stick His Conservative Hottest 100

The stink surrounding Cory Bernardi’s controversial Australia Day playlist is becoming even more stinky, with an increasing number of Aussie artists crying foul over their inclusion in the Senator’s new ‘Australian Conservatives 100’ countdown.

ICYMI: Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives party last week launched its own “alternative” to triple j‘s Hottest 100, in protest of the station moving its annual countdown away from the loaded date of 26th January.

And after the likes of Savage Garden’s Darren Hayes, Hilltop Hoods, Jimmy Barnes and Powderfinger gave him a beatdown for using their music in his anti-change-the-date playlist, a bunch of other Aussie musos have since joined the fray, slamming the South Australian polly for using their tunes to serve his political agenda.

“We do not condone the use of our music on the Spotify Australian Conservatives #AustraliaDay playlist,” Spiderbait have tweeted. “It’s an outrage to use Spiderbait music for political means without permission – Especially when Cory Bernardi and his political views are SO so far from our own.”

Meanwhile, Urthboy had this to say…

…and Bob Evans wrote:

Mick Thomas of Melbourne band Weddings Parties Anything has also demanded his tune ‘Father’s Day’ be taken off Bernardi’s “abominable” playlist.

“As the writer and singer of the song I would like to personally say I am 100-per-cent behind the push to Change the Date (of Australia Day),” he told News Corp. “I order you to desist. The royalty we would make of the paltry few spins would be miserable anyway so why don’t you leave my song the fuck alone? Turd.”

Elsewhere, Icehouse frontman Iva Davies has told the ABC Bernardi’s use of ‘Great Southern Land’ breaches his “moral rights”, while Men At Work’s Colin Hay has voiced similar sentiments about his own ‘Land Down Under’.

“When the lyrics were written some 40 years ago, I was worried about people like him, and movements he represents. Turns out I had good reason to be,” Hay wrote, before throwing in some personal advice for Bernardi for good measure.

“May I suggest Mr Bernardi, if you haven’t already, dabbling in some light hallucinogens. Wander into a field, and sit in front of a tree, and look at it, really study it, at a molecular level.

“It may not change your conservative views, but it may make you realise you’re not quite as important as you think you are.”

At the time of writing, Bernardi’s playlist remains in tact, despite his reports that Spotify had removed or banned the playlist.

“We are looking into this particular matter further but it’s our understanding the playlist is available to listeners,” a Spotify spokesperson said.

“Spotify has actively supported marriage, gender and indigenous equality initiatives over the last five years, and believes in a diverse and multicultural Australia,” the company told 2GB.

“We want to make clear we do not endorse this playlist, nor do we have any official ties to the Australian Conservatives party nor any other political party.

“Finally, I would like to remind any political party who seek to use the work of others for political gain or messaging, to read the terms and conditions on Spotify that relate specifically to this situation.”

And just FYI you can find those right here, Cory m8.

Photos: Zak Kaczmarek/Getty Images / Facebook


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