It’s been an awkward few months if you’re a Stone Roses fan who thinks lockdown is necessary, wants to get vaccinated, and doesn’t believe the Covid-19 pandemic is one big plot by The Authorities. Because frontman Ian Brown has… different views. And he has used his social media profiles and his music to express that – including recently promising never to play a concert or festival where proof of vaccination is required to attend.

Now those views have sparked a controversy with Spotify, after Brown’s anti-lockdown track ‘Little Seed Big Tree’ (“Masonic lockdown in your hometown… Doctor Evil and his needle… They plan to chip us all to have complete control” etc – you get the picture) was removed by the streaming service.

The platform explained why in a statement to the NME. “Spotify prohibits content on the platform which promotes dangerous false, deceptive, or misleading content about Covid-19 that may cause offline harm and/or pose a direct threat to public health,” said its spokesperson. “When content that violates this standard is identified it is removed from the platform.” Other streaming services have yet to follow suit.

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