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The Singer From The 1975 Is Really Angry At David Cameron

Matt Healy thinks someone stole his band's artwork for the EU referendum and is wrongly holding David Cameron responsible. Yes, this is happening.

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Admittedly, a lot of people are very angry about the EU referendum at the moment. But this is different. Healy is convinced the government has stolen his band's artwork and he is blaming David Cameron.

Here's the issue. The promotional photos produced for the 1975's new album feature neon lights on a metal frame.

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And this is the booklet sent to all UK homes ahead of the EU referendum, which features neon lights on a metal frame.

'LOOK OUT KIDZ THE GOVERNMENT ARE STEALING OUR THOUGHTS!!' 👥👥@UKParliament

It's fair to say this hasn't gone down well with the band.

Oi @David_Cameron come up with your own visual identity you toff prat. You should know better even if you are a MASSIVE Tory


This leaflet's use of neon lights has apparently imbued the 1975's identity as artists with divisive issues.

You can't imbue my identity as an artist with something as divisive as The @eureferendum it's totally totally taking the piss @AcademyFilms

Being White and middle class I have never felt truly fucked over by the British Government: Until now

Only one problem: The booklet wasn't produced by David Cameron. It was produced by the independent Electoral Commission to promote awareness of the forthcoming referendum.

What's more, the Electoral Commission says it was actually just re-creating the style it used for a similar booklet in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, which took place 18 months before the 1975 released their album.

“It also has that neon artwork because that worked so well, and we tried to re-create the success of it," said a spokesperson. "There’s lots of campaign material and we needed something with the same aesthetic. We think the artwork looks cool and eye-catching and hopefully everyone’s going to read it.”

Still, at least all this confusion has resulted in a big opportunity for the prime minister to talk to young people.

Actually @David_Cameron if you wanna make a fire mixtape that would actually be sick i know you're already feeling our vibe hmu


Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Jim Waterson at jim.waterson@buzzfeed.com.

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