Devo will release a song in the next couple of weeks called "Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro! (Remember Seamus)" and based on the infamous incident in which GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney drove from Massachusetts to Canada with his dog -- Seamus -- strapped to the roof of his car in a kennel.
Gerald V. Casale, the founder and commercial director of Devo, is releasing the track to coincide with the launch of his new campaign dubbed "Remember Seamus," through which the outspoken musician is imploring animal lovers to "go off the leash by choosing a non-human as the most important political figure of this election. Make 2012 the year where animals like Seamus are valued and honesty is praised."
The incident in which Mitt Romney strapped his Irish setter to the roof of his station wagon then transported it 12 hours from the Bay State to Ontario has gone down as one of the most human stories to come out of the cold Romney campaign operation, as it shows a personal moment from his life.
But it has also come under heavy fire from animal rights activists and dog lovers across the nation, who want to raise awareness about what they consider to be a form of animal abuse.
According to a retelling of the infamous story on the website of the "Remember Seamus" campaign, the dog was the Romney's family's first pooch, and he was strapped to the roof of the family station wagon in what the former Massachusetts governor has described as a "completely air-tight kennel."
The story gets pretty graphic from here, as, dogs being dogs, they sometimes need to relieve themselves, and it seems ol' Seamus didn't have any other option than to just defecate in the kennel as the car cruised north toward Beach O-Pines, Ontario.
"Sometime during the 650-mile trip from Massachusetts to Ontario, the dog became afflicted with diarrhea, causing excrement to flow down the windows of the car," according to Remember Seamus. "Romney then stopped at a gas station to wash Seamus down and put him back in his "roof-top carrier," and continued on with the 12-hour drive to Canada."
In addition to releasing the song "Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro! (Remember Seamus)," Casale is also selling "Remember Seamus" T-shirts on the campaign's website, for people to purchase in hopes that they will "Show Your Seamus."
Devo are also key backers of the "Dogs Against Romney" campaign, for which Casale has designed a shirt for sale on the group's website, according to Rolling Stone. And on Aug. 26, a game for smartphones called "The Crate Escape: Seamus Unleashed" -- which Casale "is also involved in" according to Rolling Stone -- will be released.