Heart Lash Out At McCain Campaign’s Use of “Barracuda”

Posted on September 5, 2008 by Sara Hickman. | 1 Comment

Ok, when I heard “Barracuda” during the RNC, I completely flipped my lid and KNEW they hadn’t asked permission of Heart for the right to frame the song in such a
ludicrous context. By the way, I’d like to say: McCain, You’re no John Wayne (in response to his claiming to be a maverick. I’m really getting mad now. WHO IS



Heart Lash Out At McCain Campaign’s Use of “Barracuda”
9/5/08, 9:05 am EST
Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has the nickname “Barracuda,” which inspired the use of the Heart song of the same name during Palin’s speech at the RNC on Wednesday night. Heart sent out a statement Thursday afternoon announcing they had sent a cease-and-desist letter asking the campaign to stop using the song. “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.” Their wishes were not honored, as after John McCain’s RNC-ending speech last night, Palin joined him onstage to the sound of “Barracuda.” This set off Nancy Wilson, who told EW.com “I think it’s completely unfair to be so misrepresented. I feel completely fucked over.” Soon after, they issued another, more scathing statement:

“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.”

Heart are the latest rockers to butt heads with whoever chooses John McCain’s musical selections. Jackson Browne, John Mellencamp and members of Boston have all lashed out at GOP candidates for using their music without permission.

One response to “Heart Lash Out At McCain Campaign’s Use of “Barracuda””

  1. andy-dog says:

    I always spell the misleading stuff “Baloney”, to distinguish it from bologna.
    Bologna isn’t the greatest of foods, but it never mislead anyone, to my knowledge. It is what it is. Republican baloney is some really vile stuff. McCain is one of the country’s most accomplished chauvinists; he recently suggested Cindy could win a wet-T-shirt contest. Of course, as a dog myself, I do not find that so awful, but it did seem inappropriate in the context he used it it!! Go Barack!!

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