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Foo Fighters, Van Halen, Others to McCain: Stop Using Our Songs!
Posted By jwilkes - Thursday, October 9th, 2008 at 1:51 PM
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What’s a campaign event without some good tunes? Before long, John McCain might find out. Last week, rock group The Foo Fighters joined a growing list of musicians who are outraged that McCain has been using their songs without their permission.

When the band became aware that McCain had been using “My Hero” at songs and rallies, they fired off a joint statement saying, “The saddest thing about this is that “My Hero” was written as a celebration of the common man…To have it used in a manner that perverts the original sentiment of the lyric just tarnishes the song.”

Back in late August, McCain ran afoul of 80s rock legend Van Halen for using “Right Now” without asking first. “Permission was not asked,” the band said, “nor would it have been granted.” Van Halen did, however, allow George W. Bush to use the very same song during his campaigns in 2000 and 2004.

Heart, the iconic 80s pop rock group, also put the brakes on McCain’s use of their hit, “Barracuda.” After the GOP presidential nominee’s announcement of Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate, the campaign used the song in honor of Palin, whose nickname was “Sarah Barracuda” as a high school basketball standout. Said the Wilson sisters, “Sarah Palin’s views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women.”

Remember the 70s group, Orleans? Well, one of their members, John Hall, took a bit of a different path after he left the band: now he’s better known as Representative John Hall, a Democratic member of New York’s Congressional delegation. When he got word that the Republican Senator was using the Orleans standard “Still the One,” Hall fired off this harsh statement: “What is at issue here is McCain’s use of a song to advance an agenda that I do not support…This is yet another example of McCain not learning from the mistakes of George W. Bush.” Hall had also issued a cease-and-desist letter to Bush when he tried to use the song during the 2004 election.

The list goes on from there. McCain and the Republican National Committee liberally (no pun intended) made use of John Mellencamp’s “Our Country,” a country-rock patriotic ballad that was used in Chevy Truck commercials up until late 2007. But if one listens carefully, he or she might see a serious divergence between the song’s message and GOP ideology. The song advocated the government stepping in to “help the poor and the common man.” Mellencamp demanded that McCain stop using that song, as well as another hit, “Pink Houses,” at any campaign events.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jackson Browne took things a step further. When he found out McCain was using “Running On Empty” in campaign ads about the high cost of gasoline, he filed a lawsuit against both McCain and the Republican Party.

This isn’t necessarily the first time musicians have objected to the use of their songs for political purposes. Back in 1984, Bruce Springsteen said he doubted Ronald Reagan “had heard the song” before he praised “Born in the U.S.A.,” a seemingly-patriotic tune that actually lambasted foreign policy and lamented the plight of the blue-collar American who’d ended up dying for his country in Vietnam.

But McCain need not worry that the music will stop altogether. Earlier this year, Damn Yankees alum and outspoken hunting enthusiast Ted Nugent sent the very first copy of his newest album to Sarah Palin along with an open letter: “We wish you Godspeed for the best hunting and fishing season of your life, and we pray to God Almighty that you bring your bold spirit to the White House.”

 



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[-] Here's my take - Guest-the national gadfly
These bands should get together, record a pro-Obama song and put it out on youtube, etc. Play it everywhere, to death on radio, internet, etc. and hand out free CD's or mp3's online. T-shirts, all that jazz.

"Don't get mad...get real even"
[ Posted at 3:15 PM on 10/9/08 | Reply ]

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