The media has made a real issue of the fact that Tom Petty has asked GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to stop using his song, ‘American Girl’ but their have been others that haven’t gotten the media response. In 2008 Same Moore of Sam and Dave asked Senator Obama to stop playing his song, ‘Soul Man’. By the readers not knowing this occurred shows that the media didn’t cover to the frequency of the Bachmann/ Petty affair.
MSNBC and other left leaning outlets have been making it a fun tidbit. Again they made little of the Obama / Moore affair if at all.
A Google search will reveal the media bias in this regard. See below for others you may or may not have heard about. Note the party of each.
There have been many incidents of musicians being opposed to politicians using their music. One of the most publicized was back in 1984 when Ronald Reagen used Bruce Springsteen’s anthem “Born in the USA.” Reagan said, “America’s future rests in a thousand dreams inside our hearts. It rests in the message of hope in the songs of a man so many young Americans admire: New Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen.” Springsteen was not pleased, but no legal action was ever filed.
Other song misuses
In 1996 Sam and Dave demanded Bob Dole not parody their song “Soul Man” by playing “I’m a Dole Man.” Last year Don Henley reprimanded California Senate candidate Chuck DeVore for use of the song “Boys of Summer.” The same year, David Byrne of Talking Heads demanded and got an apology from Senate candidate Charlie Crist for unauthorized use of the song “Road to Nowhere.”
2008 and McCain
But 2008 was a banner year for musicians taking umbrage with political campaigners. John McCain gets the award for biggest offender. McCain used Heart’s song “Barracuda” to introduce his running mate Sarah Palin. McCain was contacted by the band Foo Fighters over the use of the song “My Hero.” McCain also managed to raise the ire of Van Halen for his unauthorized use of “Right Now.” McCain even used the Orleans song “Still the One” in the same 2008 campaign, even though four years earlier George W. Bush had been admonished by the band for unauthorized use of the tune.
Other songs to ruffle musicians’ feathers were Rush’s “Tom Sawyer,” used by Rand Paul, Jackson Browne’s “Running on Empty,” used in Republican Party web videos, and Boston’s “More Than a Feeling,” played more than once by Mike Huckabee.
Not just on the Right
Not to feel “left” out, Democrats have also perturbed musicians over unauthorized song usage. Sam Moore, of the duo Sam and Dave, admonished Barack Obama for using “Hold On, I’m Coming” during his 2008 presidential bid.