The Original Barracudas Bite Back

Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson are none too thrilled about the McCain campaign co-opting their classic, “Barracuda,” as some sort of anthem for Sarah “Barracuda” Palin.  According to Entertainment Weekly, on Thursday afternoon, Heart e-mailed a statement regarding the use of their song at the Republican National Convention:

“The Republican campaign did not ask for permission to use the song, nor would they have been granted that permission,” it read. “We have asked the Republican campaign publicly not to use our music. We hope our wishes will be honored.”

The sisters also gave this statement to EW:

“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.”

This reminds me of the 1984 campaign when Ronald Reagan tried to use Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.,” stupidly not realizing what the song was actually about. Good to see the Republicans learning from their mistakes.


12 responses to “The Original Barracudas Bite Back

  1. GodDAMN I love these women. Thank you, DottyZ, for letting me know about these two barracudas fighting back. I shall now go listen to “Crazy On You” in solidarity.

  2. Agree….I don’t think the GOP should be using that song. They should in no way help these two mental giants gain any publicity!

  3. angiesyounglover

    can the sue? can they bring the man down! FUCK THAT, MCCAIN. I FUCKIN DARE, DAREEEE YOU TO TRY AND USE MAGIC MAN. FUCKKKKer.

  4. YES, ladies. YES. Fight the power. Don’t let them take that song away from you.

  5. @Masala: Especially when the GOP is responsible for giving power to such mental giants as George W. “nu-cu-lar” Bush.

  6. I would also just like to add: I know there have been a lot of complaints about the RNC being amateur hour, and this just confirms it. I mean, WHAT THE FUCK kind of producer plays a song at a gigantic, important, nationally-televised event like this without getting the artists’ permission first?!?! I do plays in little 50-seat theaters and even *I* know what the permissions rules are on song rights. Someone fucked up, and fucked up big, and Ann and Nancy should sue their fucking pants off.

  7. @MsDirector: Exactly! If they can’t even run their own convention, how can we expect them to run the country?

  8. Team HEART!

  9. I remember finding the “Dreamboat Annie” album under a bed at my grandparents’ house in the late 70’s. It was the one with both of them topless on the cover (although it was a fade-to-white before you got to their boobies). Anyway, no one would claim it – not my mom or her two sisters, even though they were grown ass damn women with kids of their own who only visited on weekends.

    Ha. How the world has changed.

  10. It is stunning to think that the McCain–Palin campaign would continue to stoop to music piracy, particularly after the repeated embarrassments. Then again, this is the same campaign that comes up with each new theme and slogan by simply stealing them from its adversary. Senator Obama seems to trust the voting public to be able to discern the dishonesty of Senator McCain’s mimicry. The recording artists are putting their faith in the courts.

    See: McCain Doesn’t Rock.

  11. HOLLA, Heart. I echo MsDirector on the song rights issue- I mean, jesus, “ways you cannot use this recording” IS PRINTED ON THE CD CASE!

    Oh, I forget that literacy and competence are not GOP strengths. Right.

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