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McCain’s Musical Copyright Infringement Continues
Posted on October 10th, 2008 by ZP Heller -

It’s getting to the point where the only songs the McCain campaign will be able to use at rallies are the ones written specifically for them, like John Rich’s pseudo-country trifle “Raisin’ McCain.”  A couple of days ago, the Foo Fighters issued a statement telling McCain to stop using their song, “My Hero.”

The band said in a statement:

“The saddest thing about this is that `My Hero’ was written as a celebration of the common man and his extraordinary potential.  To have it appropriated without our knowledge and used in a manner that perverts the original sentiment of the lyric just tarnishes the song.”

The Foo Fighters join a slew of artists who have complained of McCain’s copyright infringement.  Others who have told McCain to quit usurping their music for political gains include Van Halen, John Mellencamp, Heart (sorry Sarah “Barracuda”), Frankie Valli, the owners of the theme song from “Rocky,” and Jackson Browne, who even filed a suit against the campaign.

Clearly, fewer and fewer artists want to be associated in any way with McCain.  But what’s particularly ironic in the case of the Foo Fighters is that McCain couldn’t be further from the ordinary hero mentioned in the song.  He continues to put himself before the country, which we saw most recently with his closing remarks at the second debate (as compared to Barack Obama’s) and his theatrics with the economic crisis.  He’s desperate to prove himself as the common man who rises to the occasion, but the reality is that he has NEVER been the common man and he has RARELY IF EVER risen to the occasion.

If you want to know what I mean, read Tim Dickinson’s scathing Rolling Stone piece on McCain, “Make-Believe Maverick.” Use that evidence, race it around.  There goes my hero, he’s ordinary.

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    Off topic:

    If you are reading this and you live in the Phoenix Area and you have a little free time on Saturday (tomorrow, Oct 11), please come join a few of us outside McCain's 16th St and Coulter office to protest the ugly turn his campaign has taken. We are disgusted and fearful that someone will try to harm Obama thanks to McCain and Palin inciting Obama hatred and refusing to denounce the extremist behavior of their supporters.

    It should be a beautiful day to be outside. Bring a sign (along the lines of 'Shame on McCain'). Possibility of late lunch at Five and Diner afterwards. Please come support us and shame McCain into stopping the hate.
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