Saturday, February 16, 2008



Mike & Barry sittin' in a tree, s-t-e-a-l-i-n-g

Two weeks ago we reported how dishonest Republican Senator John McCain was caught stealing 2 songs from John Mellencamp for use in his campaign to personify a third Bush term. It isn't uncommon for Republican political hacks to steal popular music from Democratic songwriters and singers. They never pay for the usage-- which is ironic since it is the Congress that sets the rates and conditions and McCain has voted on the legislation dozens of times and is certainly aware that it is a crime to just use people's music without paying royalties. Bush was caught over and over again using popular songs from Democrats in his campaigns and he was repeatedly asked to cease and desist. Even back in 1984 Reagan was caught using Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A.," an anti-Vietnam War anthem for his campaign, although he eventually stopped when Springsteen said he would sue him if he kept using it.

The latest GOP thief is Baptist preacher Mike Huckabee, who's been stealing music from the popular rock band Boston. Barry Goudreau, who was in the band early on, before being fired in 1980, is a Huckabee supporter; he didn't write "More Than A Feeling" or any other Boston songs. The songwriter is band leader Tom Scholz, and, like John Mellencamp, he isn't amused to find his music (the classic "More Than A Feeling") being used to push the Republicans' reactionary and bigoted agenda. He wrote to Huckabee and demanded he stop. Huckabee refuses.
“You have taken something of mine and used it to promote ideas to which I am opposed,” Mr. Scholz wrote. “In other words, I think I’ve been ripped off, dude!” In response, Fred Bramante, who was chairman of Mr. Huckabee’s New Hampshire primary campaign, said: “Governor Huckabee plays ‘Sweet Home Alabama.’ Does that mean Lynyrd Skynyrd is endorsing him?”

They probably do. But that's up to them. Scholz is insisting... and he wrote the campaign and explained that "Boston has never endorsed a political candidate, and with all due respect, would not start by endorsing a candidate who is the polar opposite of most everything Boston stands for." Scholz likes Obama's positions and hopes to vote for him to be president but doesn't plan to use Boston to push him.


John Amato just reminded me that a certain unethical candidate from the Connecticut for Lieberman Party kept using an Orleans song, "Still the One," even though the songwriter, John Hall, was a Ned Lamont supporter.

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At 10:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Right on! Odious Hateful Stealers. DONATE!

DONATE NOW $20 to Hucklebee (google him)
Does it get ANY better than THAT!
Support this shit, he is kicking McCain's crazy old ass!

If Hucklebee continues to kick old crazy Mac there WILL be a MAC/Hucklebee ticket and the official end of the RePublican party EARLY in this millenium. (we'll deal with the disappointing Democratic party asap).

It's hard, ("Iraq is Hard!" Bush2) check Hucklebee's site out. Old, white people (Goddess bless em) BUT lay $20 on em to keep embarrassing Mac!

At 4:35 AM, Blogger MaxMarginal said...

I would like to take a moment to point out that somewhere around 10th place of Mike Huckabee's most objectionable traits is that he plays a coffee table bass.

Coffee table basses (I think Steve Albini is credited with the term) are very expensive, curvy bass guitars typically used by overly flashy bass players and typically worn at around the chest level. No tasteful bass player would be caught dead with them, it's just the people who work at Guitar Center in the bass department who compete in the slap bass championship.

Them and southern former governors who are running for president.

At 6:36 AM, Blogger Human said...

Yeah and Obama stole Bob The Builders Motto. Excuse me I'm going to play er I mean steal some Segovia right now.

At 5:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did the Pretenders ever sue Flush Limbaugh for stealing "My City Was Gone" for his rabies-radio show?
I guess Repuke-sacred "property rights" only count when it's other Repukes they're stealing from.

The number of times he's played it to an audience of millions should add up a hefty chunk of change.

At 6:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For me, the real question isn't a matter of usage rights, it's the Republicans' remarkably deaf ear for irony. Reagan's people didn't listen to the lyrics of "Born in the USA," nor did Huckabee's people listen to the lyrics of "Pink Houses" and "Our Country"? And clearly, neither did any research on the politics of the artists who wrote those songs. It's just sloppy and arrogant, the very same qualities that have made the Bush administration such a travesty.

At 9:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lighten up, Liberals!

It's just music.

Love to all.


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