Bands object to Bachmann’s use of their songs at rallies

By Calvin Palmer

The band Katrina & the Waves has contacted lawyers to stop Republican presidential nominee Michele Bachmann from using its song Walking On Sunshine at the Minnesota Congresswoman’s rallies.

Tom Petty has also registered a protest over the use of his song American Girl at Bachmann’s announcement rally in Waterloo, Iowa.

The Daily Telegraph nosed its piece by Toby Harnden as follows:

Michele Bachmann’s status as a potential threat to President Barack Obama has been confirmed by a brace of “cease and desist” letters from pop stars objecting to the use of their songs at her campaign rallies.

I fear that is just wishful thinking on the part of The Daily Telegraph, a newspaper that appears to be following in the footsteps of Fox News in mixing up opinions with news stories.

I know Toby to be an honorable man and an excellent reporter, so I can only conclude he is acting under the orders of some Roger Ailes -like figure back at The Telegraph’s London HQ. It could be that Toby did not write that sentence at all and it is the work of a politically motivated editor.

Katrina & the Waves, along with Petty are simply registering their disapproval about Bachmann’s use of their songs simply because they do not wish to be identified with her politics. Given that a lot of Americans are not the brightest bulbs in the box, particularly those who support candidates such as Bachmann, it is likely the use of material by these artists could be construed as their support for the candidate. The move on their part has nothing whatsoever to do with Bachmann’s status as a potential threat to President Obama.

The indignation of rock stars having their music used by candidates they do not approve of is nothing new.

In 2008, John McCain received legal letters from Van Halen and John Mellencamp.

In 2000 and 2004 George W. Bush was told by Mellencamp, Petty, Sting and the band Orleans he couldn’t use their songs.

Singer and guitarist Ted Nugent has said that Bachmann is welcome to use his music at rallies.

“Michele Bachmann is clearly a Great American,” Nugent said. “Her words have iron, her spirit is indefatigable and her beauty contagious.”

With such an endorsement, it is clear America has a lot to fear if Bachmann is successful. And is there really the need to cap “Great”?

The Telegraph’s article concludes that Bachmann could use the songs of dead artists:

Elvis Presley’s “Promised Land” and James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good)” by James Brown have already been played at Bachmann rallies.

Aren’t there too many Browns there?

This Mickey Mouse article appears to have been also proofread by a Mickey Mouse copy editor — is this a new role for James Delingpole, I wonder —  if indeed it was proofread at all.

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