A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about singer/songwriter Jackson Browne filing a lawsuit against Republican presidential nominee John McCain. I also noted Browne’s suit noted that other musicians, including ABBA and John Cougar Mellencamp, have asked McCain to stop using their work.
Apparently, the McCain campaign can’t seem to learn their lesson, as they’ve come under attack by the members of the group Heart for using the song “Barracuda” after vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s speech at the Republican National Convention. Here’s what Heart had to say:
“The Republican campaign did not ask for permission to use the song, nor would they have been granted that permission,” it read. “We have asked the Republican campaign publicly not to use our music. We hope our wishes will be honored.”
Despite the emailed statement voicing the group’s displeasure about their song being used, the song was used again after Sen. McCain finished his remarks to the RNC. Nancy and Ann Wilson of Heart followed that up with another statement, this one a little more strongly worded:
“Sarah Palin’s views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women. We ask that our song ‘Barracuda’ no longer be used to promote her image. The song ‘Barracuda’ was written in the late 70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women. (The ‘barracuda’ represented the business.) While Heart did not and would not authorize the use of their song at the RNC, there’s irony in Republican strategists’ choice to make use of it there.”
Keep up the good work, John!
H/T to the illusory one.