If music be the food of love, play on

Unless you are one David Cameron, in which case, turn your iPod off and come out with your hands up. The Prime Minister has given his seal of approval (read: kiss of death) to yet another innocent musician, and the artist in question, Nick Mulvey, is far from flattered.

The feeling’s not mutual?

Mr Cameron said he enjoyed listening to the folk singer while he cooks. “It’s a bit grungy, I admit,” he told The Mail on Sunday. When word got back to Mr Mulvey, 32, the musician said the prospect of the Prime Minister listening to his music made him feel “a bit sick”.

I don’t think I’ve heard of him

Born in Cambridge, Mr Mulvey moved to Havana to study guitar at the age of 19. He later returned to the UK where he formed Portico Quartet. Their debut album Knee-Deep in the North Sea, was nominated for the 2008 Mercury Prize. Mr Mulvey left the band in 2011 and his solo single “Cucurucu” reached No 26 last year.

A rising star?

Hopefully Mr Cameron hasn’t put paid to that. Nothing ruins an artist’s credibility quite like a party leader declaring their admiration.

It’s not the first time the PM has fallen flat in a bid to align himself with a musician…

Last year he was criticised for heaping praise on to the “brilliant” trio London Grammar. In 2010 Morrissey and Johnny Marr “banned” him listening to The Smiths, and in 2008 Paul Weller expressed his disgust that the Tory leader had selected The Jam’s “The Eton Rifles” as his favourite song.

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