The New York Times today reports that the investigation into collusion between Team Trump and Russia was codenamed "Crossfire Hurricane" by the FBI, after the opening line of The Stones' classic song "Jumping Jack Flash".
Observers will recall that Donald Trump has been using another Stones song, "You Can't Always Get What You Want" at rallies during the campaign and continuing to the present day.
Add to that Keith Richards badmouthing Trump in the press about the past and the present and you have a very complicated relationship between The Orange One and The Rolling Stones.
Personally, I've always thought "You Can't Always Get What You Want" is a strange song for a politician to play (shouldn't they tell you that you CAN always get what you want?). It's just Trump trying to do a Scorsese and use baby-boomer soundtrack memories to trigger emotional responses.
Trump's use of the song recalls debates would "fair use" and the history of artists asking politicians to "stop and desist" using their songs at rallies. Having an artist declare that they disagree with the message of a politician using their song ought to be enough to convince the politician to choose another song. Some question whether an artist can or will actually sue someone for using their song at a public rally without permission and if they would be successful in such a suit and at what cost in time, money, and publicity.
Add to that, in The Stones' case, that much of their publishing rights were given to Allen Klein (the most successful non-musician in rock history) in a settlement, leading to the absurdity surrounding The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony", Richard Ashcroft's masterpiece that was nearly scuttled by Klein's maneuvering, which resulted in Klein receiving more profits from the song than the actual composer (and the composers Ashcroft was accused of copying). All due to a short sample (about 12 notes by my count) in "Bittersweet" of an orchestral version (by Andrew Loog Oldham of "The Last Time"). One of the greatest rock n roll swindles of all time.
Why Keith Richards had to get rid of Donald Trump
Original at BBC.com