The Animals’ Eric Burdon Responds to Trump Using ‘House of the Rising Sun’

Eric Burdon of the Animals has responded to Donald Trump’s use of the Animals’ ‘House of the Rising Sun’ during a recent campaign event. The Animals’ classic 1964 track played over the speakers at a Wilmington, North Carolina airport on Wednesday, September 2nd as Air Force One taxied down the runway.

The singer took to social media to express his displeasure: “Even though nobody asked my permission, I wasn’t surprised to learn that #Trump #864511320 used #Houseof theRisingSun for his rally the other day,” Burdon wrote. “A tale of sin and misery set in a brothel suits him so perfectly! Far more appropriate for this time in our history might be.”

Burdon went on to suggest that ‘We Gotta Get Out of This Place’ would have been a more suitable choice.

Recently, the estate of Leonard Cohen said it would be “exploring legal options” following the unauthorised use of ‘Hallelujah’ during the Republican National Convention. Prior to that, Neil Young, the Rolling Stones and the estates of Tom Petty have criticised the Trump campaign’s unauthorized use of their music.

Konstantinos Pappis
Konstantinos Pappis
Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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