Over at TMZ.com, this:
Ann and Nancy Wilson are pissed at the Republican Party and have fired off a cease and desist letter to the McCain/Palin campaign.
Seems that they object to their song “Barracuda” being used behind Sarah Palin at the Republican Convention.
… Heart’s rep, who says “The Republican campaign did not ask for permission to use the song, nor would they have been granted that permission.”
I don’t know why I’m always so disappointed whenever some musician or actor whose work I admire takes the petty, low road when it comes to politics. Heart’s songs kept me (and many girls my age and Sarah Palin’s age) sane in High School and young adulthood. Overweight, geek girls with glasses or 20-something secretaries stuck in cubicle servitude were intimately acquainted with the sentiment behind the song “Magazine.”
Typewriter steel and gray, work away, everybody’s going home
Over across town, caught in a crowd, still living alone
Little room for her out of the rain
A little something for the pain
Lady-in-waiting potentially for the lord of the rock ‘n roll aristocracy
Dreaming in photographs at night, love’s like sand held in your hand so tight
And everybody know who they are in a velvet garden of rhinestone stars
Shine down on me satin queen, overlords of insane scenes
They go dancing cross the pages of the magazine (from LyricsDepot.com)
Sadly, I recently bought several Heart CDs… now I regret my purchase. I’m biting the tip of my tail, waiting for my Cease and Desist letter. Imagine their disgust when Heart finds out that another vile nasty Republican fan is fouling the spirit of their art
Update: “Barracuda” cowriters, Roger Fisher and Mike DeRosier, talked with a Seattle radio station on Friday regarding the controversy. The webcast of the Roger Fisher interview can be found at The Dori Monson Show.