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The band DEVO appears in a photo taken by Jeff Ball at the Denver County Fair on July 30, 2011. / The single art for DEVOs Dont Roof Rack Me, Bro! (Seamus Unleashed). - Provided courtesy of Jeff Ball / Facebook.com/ClubDEVO / Devo Inc.

Devo releases song about Mitt Romney's former dog Seamus - Listen

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08/16/2012 by Olivia Allin

The band Devo has released the song "Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro! (Seamus Unleashed)," written from the perspective of Mitt Romney's Irish Setter, who the presidential candidate famously strapped to the roof of the family car in 1983.

"This isn't a red-state thing or Devo stumping for Obama," bassist-vocalist Gerald Casale told Rolling Stone magazine. "But I think any animal lover that hears the story will learn so much about the character flaw of Romney. It's just a deal-breaker about the man. My God, the world is a scary place with seven billion people. What you want in a leader is a guy with some humanity at his core. I just don't feel that Mitt does."

Romney received negative attention over the incident, which was featured in an attack ad created by former candidate Newt Gingrich's presidential primary campaign. Romney told Diane Sawyer that Seamus was in an "air-tight kennel" with a home-made windshield, strapped to the family car for a 12-hour road trip from Massachusetts to Ontario. During the trip, Seamus reportedly defecated liquid down the windows of the car, which Romney cleaned off at a gas station before continuing the trip.

After sharing "Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro! (Seamus Unleashed)," many conservative fans brought up president Barack Obama, who wrote in his best-selling memoir, "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance," that he had eaten dog meat as a young boy in Indonesia, where the meat is considered a delicacy.

"Regarding Obama supposedly eating dog meat as a child: Look up 'equivocation' people! Why engage in apples and oranges arguments? Even if Obama ate some dog, he didn't abuse and kill it for god sakes! It was already dead!" Casale wrote on Devo's official Facebook page. "And, as far as Romney's claim that Seamus like being roof-racked, when is the last time your dog showed joy by convulsing and shitting mounds of diarrhea down your car windows from that fun trip on the roof in the hot summer sun? Give me a (you know what) break!"

Devo is best known for their 1980 hit single "Whip It." The New Wave band said that they are also working on an iPhone app called the Crate Escape, where users play to free Seamus. The song will be available on August 25, while the game will be launched the following day, which is National Dog Day.

"This not about Democrats vs Republicans or Red vs Blue and all the rest of that trumped up pseudo WWF smack down crap the media hypnotizes you with. This is just about a man with a very questionable soul," Casale continued. "Even though our political candidate choices are about as deep as the difference between Pepsi and Coke these days, and knowing that the president is just a figurehead bought and paid for by the Plutocracy that is America in Century 21, character still matters. A president should take the same oath as doctors i.e. 'Do No Harm.' We make pets dependent on us. We created all the dog breeds. We are thus responsible as stewards over all species. Case closed."

Earlier in the week, members of the band Silversun Pickups issued a cease-and-desist letter to the Romney campaign, for using their 2009 song "Panic Switch."

"We don't like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don't like the Romney campaign. We're nice, approachable people. We won't bite. Unless you're Mitt Romney," the band's vocalist Brian Aubert said in a statement. "We were very close to just letting this go, because the irony was too good. While he is inadvertently playing a song that describes his whole campaign, we doubt that 'Panic Switch' really sends the message he intends."

Listen to "Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro! (Seamus Unleashed)" below.

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