Written by Emmy Mack on January 19,
2018

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 this 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 told Music Feeds.

“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.

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