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11/09/00
Massive Attack on Tories
- Band threaten to sue over music 'misappropriation'

WILLIAM HAGUE is hardly number one in the country's popularity stakes. But now it seems he may have sunk even lower after managing to infuriate members of the band Massive Attack, following a Tory meeting in Birmingham on Tuesday.

When Hague walked towards the podium to launch the party's new manifesto 'Believing in Britain,' he did not do so to the traditional sound of Land Of Hope And Glory. Instead a song, Man Next Door, by dance band Massive Attack entitled could be heard.

The Bristol-based band, famous for pioneering the trip-hop sound, announced they would be consulting their lawyers over the matter. "Massive Attack have not and will never support the Conservative Party or its policies," the band said. "If our music has been used by the Tories it is without our knowledge or our permission. The misappropriation of our music by any organisation will be dealt with in the strongest way we can."

A spokesperson for the Conservative party dismissed the whole affair saying, "It's a massive attack over nothing. The music was for background and was not intended for broadcast."

It is not known whether Mr Hague is a fan of the band. But one thing's for sure - they certainly don't have any unfinished sympathies for him.




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