Oh, liberal musicians and bloggers, how you fail to find an opportunity when its staring at you from behind rimless glasses.
Last week, the McCain camp came under fire for using “Barracuda” as VP candidate Sarah Palin’s theme song without seeking Heart, the song’s artists, without permission first. As noted by a commenter on LAist, the campaign only needs to obtain the rights and/or pay a royalty, not seek the permission of the musicians.
Nancy Wilson, who with sister Ann make the band “Heart”, told Entertainment Weekly: “I feel completely fucked over,” by the Republican’s use of the song. Their label, Universal Music Publishing and Sony BMG, “have sent a cease-and-desist notice ordering the McCain-Palin campaign to discontinue use of the song.” [via PopCrunch]
What groups like Heart should do is encourage the McCain-Palin campaign to play the song as much as possible, and then promise to donate a portion of royalties to Planned Parenthood.
Heart should also team up with other artists equally distressed about the McCain campaign and supporters use of their songs are release an entire benefit album in support of gay marriage, the Obama campaign or some other liberal cause.
Here’s what side A of the LP would look like:
- “Barracuda,” Heart
- “Our Country,” John Mellencamp
- “Running on Empty,” Jackson Brown
- “Right Now,” Van Halen
Album cover art by Shepard Fairey, of course.
More sourcing and details at Political Punch.