No more “Eye of the Tiger” for McCain

McCain’s deleting songs from his ipod left and right.

To McCain, Survivor sez “Your no eye of the tiger!”

To Palin, Heart sez “You’re no barracuda!

John McCain thinks he's Eye of the Tiger. Think again.

When the McCain-Palin ticket shakes their booties to a tune, the tunemakers shake their heads.  

They want their songs back and they wish you would have asked first. They don’t endorse you and they don’t want to be the soundrack to your sinking ship.

Survivor is the latest band to ask that the McCain-Palin campaign stop playing their tune. They asked that the Repub ticket not use their hit “Eye of the Tiger” (Rocky III) in  the McCain-Palin race for the White House. The band is denying all affiliation with John McCain and/or Sarah Palin.

“They have no right to use ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ in any way as part of their campaign. Using our music without our permission can give people the impression that we are supporters of their campaign—this is not the case. In light of this happening before, we would hope that the McCain/Palin camp would go through the proper channels in asking for permission for use of the song. Obviously once again they have chosen to disrespect artists’ rights.”

Sarah Palin’s highschool classmates may have thought she was “Barracuda” worthy but Heart disagrees. Heart sent a cease-and-desist notice to the McCain campaign banning them from using “Barracuda” as a Sarah Palin anthem. The Repub ticket used the 70’s classic to celebrate Palin after her nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention but the band does not wish to celebrate the VP nominee. Permission to use the song was never requested, nor granted.

“We have asked the Republican campaign publicly not to use our music. We hope our wishes will be honored.”

But their wishes were not honored. At the RNC, McCain and Palin once again boogied to “Barracuda” onstage, as balloons swirled around the pair. The Wilsons were outraged and bitched in Entertainment Weekly.

“I think it’s completely unfair to be so misrepresented. I feel completely f–ked over. 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.”  


 Jackson Browne was “incensed” when his song “Running on Empty” was used in an Ohio ad for John Mcain. So much so that he has filed suit against McCain and the Republican National Committee. Browne, like the other musicians, did not want to be perceived as supporting John McCain’s bid for presidency. His attorney Lawrence Iser said,

We are confident that Jackson Browne will prevail in this lawsuit. Not only have Senator McCain and his agents plainly infringed Mr. Browne’s copyright in ‘Running on Empty,’ but the Federal Courts have long held that the unauthorized use of a famous singer’s voice in a commercial constitutes a false endorsement and a violation of the singer’s right of publicity. In light of Jackson Browne’s lifelong commitment to Democratic ideals and political candidates, the misappropriation of Jackson Browne’s endorsement is entirely reprehensible, and I have no doubt that a jury will agree.”

John Mellencamp said “no way” when the McCain campaign used “Pink Houses” and “Our Country.” Mellencamp is perplexed as to why McCain would want to use the songs anyway. Mellencamp’s publicist Bob Merlis spoke to the The Associated Press,

“You know, here’s a guy running around saying, ‘I’m a true conservative. Well, if you’re such a true conservative, why are you playing songs that have a very populist pro-labor message written by a guy who would find no argument if you characterized him as left of center?”

How embarrassing! Next time the McCain campaign wants to use a song as a Republican anthem they should actually listen to the lyrics. Asking first would also be a good idea.

And now for a little treat. McCain can’t have “Eye of the Tiger” but Earl can.

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