Friday, September 05, 2008

Get Your Own Damn Music II

And once again the musicians object
Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart said Thursday night that Universal Music Publishing and Sony BMG have sent a cease and desist notice to the McCain-Palin campaign over their use of 'Barracuda.'

"We have asked the Republican campaign publicly not to use our music. Wehope our wishes will be honored," the group said in a statement that said they "condemn" the use of the song at the Republican convention.
It’s gotten to the point now where whenever I hear any rock or pop music at a Republican event, I start thinking about whether the artist is going to be pissed about it. It’s downright distracting. But that’s me.
The last time I brought up the music thievin’ GOP, Dan of BFS observed, correctly I think, the Dems probably also take without asking but most of the artists are fine with it. He also suggested that if everyone played by the copyright rules, the Republicans might be stuck with only Toby Keith and Jars of Clay. Not sure about JOC, but they may not be able to count on Toby:
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barack Obama is getting praise from Nashville, courtesy of one big, patriotic country star.

Toby Keith, perhaps best known to non-country audiences for his post-Sept. 11 song "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue," says he's a Democrat, and was impressed by the senator from Illinois.
Oh well. Maybe Charlie Daniels can offer up his catalog of mega-hits to replace Toby’s stuff. And I'm sure the Dixie Chicks would allow...oh, wait, never mind.

4 comments:

JeromeProphet said...

Good post.

gotshoo.com said...

I am surprised that we haven't heard any of Daddy Yankee's Gasolina?!

Gish said...

The biggest issue should be the gaffe with choosing Barracuda over Magic Man. Whoever failed to choose the more appropriate song should be fired.

BlogFreeSpringfield said...

Here's something I didn't know, apparently it doesn't matter if Heart doesn't like their song being played at a McCain rally. As long as the campaign secured the rights with the publishing company, which they did, then Ann and Nancy have no legal recourse to stop them. It's a different story if the song were used in a McCain ad. The full explanation is here:

http://www.slate.com/id/2199492/