Saturday, September 6, 2008

GOP anti-property rights playlist: Update

(See here for more of the playlist of songs used by the GOP in violation of the copyright owners' intellectual property rights.)

And, once again, the problem also seems to be that Republicans know a great chorus, but never get around to listening to what the song's about.

Song: Heart's "Barracuda" (1977)

GOP campaign wanting it: McCain 2008, following Palin's speech at the RNC convention (an allusion to Palin's nickname as a high school basketball player)

Lyric making it an unlikely choice for a GOP campaign: "If the real thing don't do the trick / You better make up something quick"

Other warning signs: The group's from Seattle, never known to be a hotbed of support for the hardcore right in general or McCain in particular.

Quote: (Heart's email to fans) "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."

Did GOP have permission to use it? No

Used it anyway? Yes (twice, the second time after they'd already been called on it publicly by

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