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.