Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland of the Crystal Method, an act formed in Las Vegas in the early ’90s, just discovered that one of their songs, “High Roller,” from the 1997 album, “Vegas,” is being played in the background as accompaniment to drone footage from Russia of Syrian airstrikes, and they’re none too pleased.
“It has come to our attention over the last 24 hours that the Kremlin via Russian state broadcaster VGTRK have used our song ‘High Roller’ as the soundtrack to some shocking drone footage from Syria,” the pair said in a statement issued this morning. “The use of our music in this context is in no way authorized and The Crystal Method do not condone the use of violence for the resolution of any conflict. Our hearts go out to the people of Syria affected by this terrible war and their friends and families.”
While having their music re-purposed like this may be a first, the Crystal Method is certainly not alone in having their music appropriated and re-contextualized for political purposes.
Just last month, in fact, the members of Survivor spoke out on social media when their tune “Eye of the Tiger” was played at a rally in support of embattled county clerk Kim Davis when she was released after being jailed for not issuing same-sex marriage licenses in her home state of Kentucky.Like Neon Las Vegas on Facebook: