Skip to comments.Tom Petty Demands Michele Bachmann Stop Playing His Song
Posted on 06/28/2011 2:46:59 PM PDT by NohSpinZone
The management for rock and roll star Tom Petty didn't waste any time after Bachmann's campaign launch yesterday to send a cease-and-desist letter, demanding that she never use his song "American Girl" at campaign events again. These requests are not uncommon for Republican candidates, and it's one of the things that genuinely sucks for them. They can never use the easygoing, overplayed songs that they enjoy on FM radio, and they learn that their favorite artists despise them. Democrats' problem, on the other hand, is that they have to feign gratitude to all the musicians who write bad songs for them, kind of like accepting the annual box of dirt-flavored hard taffy that grandmother gives you on birthdays.
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Here’s what she needs to play before coming out on the stage, including the FREEDOM cry at 0:28. (Maybe Ted could change a few of the lyrics), however, I’m sure he would be honored to have it as Michele’s theme song!
Sammy Hagar is very conservative...check out his VOA and Where Eagle fly videos.
The Standard Contract for Singer-Songwriters is the Publisher gets half the profits, and the Composer gets the other half. The Right to License belongs to the Publisher, and the funds for the performances are monitored by performance rights organizations such as ASCAP or BMI. DJ’s and Venues (as well as the Artists themselves) pay dues to the performance Rights Companies. Every Bar, Gym, Fitness Club, Nightclub, and theater belong and pay dues, in order that the Publisher and The Artist get paid for their intellectual Property.
Irving Berlin got both slices of the Pie by forming his own Publishing Company, which subscribes to ASCAP. ASCAP has been known to sue the BOY SCOUTS for singing “God Bless America” without a license. After a precedent like that, you can BET that The Republican Party would NOT play a song without first paying for the license.
As to whether or not Petty owns 100% of the rights to his songs, I really don’t know, but if it were the case, he would have to be his own publishing company and have issued and distributed all of his recordings under his own label. Even Bob Dylan wasn’t smart enough to do THAT! LOL.
Petty dictated the cease and desist letter himself which read: “Heh, muhhinnah heh. Essa beh. Bebuddah heh.”
I always loved the Saturday Night Live impressions of him (Dana Carvey?). They nailed how you totally cannot understand a word he sings. The skit with him and Bob Dylan having a conversation was classic.
Bachmann’s better off without him.
Honestly if she was paying attention to the lyrics she wouldn’t want to use the song anyway. Nothing good is happening to the American Girl in the song. This is another one of those Born in the USA situations, somebody likes one line, doesn’t bother to pay attention to anything else and thinks they’ve got themselves a great anthem.
And why do campaign’s need theme songs anyway? I mean I know it’s all theater, but you don’t have to admit it’s all theater.
How petty of him.
... is an appropriate name for this guy...
Tom Petty can’t prevent her using that song, its a commercial item,, all she has to do is pay for its usage in usual royalty payments.
Maybe she can get Iced Earth to play “The Reckoning”. If you want to see patriotic tea party pounding metal look up iced earth on youtube.
Two songs. The reckoning and also look up their gettysburg song.
They rock. Bachmann can also use Seek and Destroy from Metallica too. That would be awesome.
I was a freshman in college when Full Moon Fever came out and we listened to that CD (yes, I bought it on CD in 1989) a bunch, so I've always been a fan.
It doesn't bother me if he doesn't want his music played by Bachman. It does bother me if he doesn't have the legal right to stop it. If he sold his soul, he should shut up and deal with selling out his integrity.
Ha! We’re on the same wavelength! I immediately thought of it and posted it before I read the comments. I think Michele OR Sarah have the cajones for Stranglehold!
John Rich is conservative.
Never heard of him so don’t guess I have missed anything.
If ‘one-sheet’ TP owns the rights to publishing, he can do as he sees fit. If he does not she can buy the rights from whoever does, play it according to the terms she bought usage rights for and he can bitch till the cows come home.
It comes down to who owns the rights.
Amazing how Petty goes from the one with the chosen song, to a no-talent ass clown overnight.
I wonder which genius on her campaign staff managed this?
Not many songs about Iowa or Idaho girls.
I wonder if Shania Twain would go along?
Some of her titles:
“You’re Still The One”
“The Woman In Me”
“I Ain’t No Quitter”
“She’s Just Not a Pretty Face”
What about Metallica’s “Don’t Tread on Me”? That’s another pretty kickass song of theirs...
What a fvcking douchebag.
I’ll stop playing your songs too, Tom.
Go, Michelle, go!
If I never hear another song played by that bucked-tooth dylan wannabe, I’d be very happy.