Mitt Romney has been hard-pressed to live down a now-infamous road trip to Canada in 1983, in which he strapped his dog Seamus to the roof of his station wagon in a kennel for what he thought was a suitable transportation method for 12 hours. But eccentric new-wavers Devo, like the political left, are not letting the Republican presidential candidate forget about the debacle any time soon.
The members of Devo are using the incident as inspiration for their next single, titled “Don’t Roof Rack Me, Bro! (Remember Seamus).” The song will be released digitally on August 26, according to a press release. The day, not-so-coincidentally, is National Dog Day and falls just one day before the Republican National Convention. Listen to it below.
However, that’s not all on Devo’s Romney-shaming front. Devo founding member and creative director Gerard Casale has launched a full-on campaign in honor of Seamus, and against Romney. Titled the Remember Seamus campaign, Casale’s mission is to “make 2012 the year where animals like Seamus are valued and honesty is praised.”
Casale also designed a special edition shirt for the Dogs Against Romney campaign, and is involved in an upcoming mobile game titled “The Crate Escape: Seamus Unleashed,” also set to release on August 26th.
“As an animal lover, I felt I had to get involved,” Casale said in a release. “The organization built by Dogs Against Romney is perfect for me to partner with – its members are very passionate about this issue, and I’m proud to be part of helping to get the message out. I’m also thankful to my bandmates Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh, Josh Freese and my brother, Bob Casale, for jumping in to create the new song.”
No word on whether Romney is a Devo fan. Based on a 2011 interview and his official Spotify playlist, Romney’s tastes skew a little older and country-leaning (with the exception of The Killers, whom Romney name-checked and whose frontman is also Mormon). He told Peoplethat his favorites include The Eagles, The Beatles, Roy Orbison and Randy Travis.
– Jillian Mapes, CBS Local