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Jumping the Barracuda

When Heart's "Barracuda" followed country faux-change blowhard John Rich's "Raising McCain" after McCain's astonishingly dull and content-free political speech and terrifyingly well-written and demagogic autobiographical closer, my daughter announced that she now hated that song. This distressed me, because I know what a loss that represented for her. So imagine how pleased I was when, within an hour, I received this email from Heart's press rep, Elaine Shock:

ROCK GROUP HEART CONDEMN THE USE OF THE SONG BARRACUDA AT THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION

Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart have informed the McCain/Palin Campaign that Universal Music Publishing and Sony BMG have sent a cease-and-desist notice to not use one of Heart's classic songs, "Barracuda," as the congratulatory theme for Sarah Palin.

The Republican campaign did not ask for permission to use the song, nor would they have been granted that permission.

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

Not as pleased as my daughter, however.

1 Comment

By Robert Christgau on September 24, 2008 11:06 AM

From The Onion, apparently, this extension of the story: http://www.cbsundstrom.com/fuckyoujohnmccain.jpg

Articles, Sept. 4, 2008


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