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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He got lucky, when she found that song.
well, guess that takes care of my interest in seeing a Petty concert. f him too.
For some reason never could stand Silly Petty’s music or voice . He never got a dime of my money .
Just think, Heart could’ve re-ignited their careers by allowing Governor Palin to use “Barracuda” - but no. The highlight of their careers now is a mop company using “What about love” on TV commercials. Stay classy, girls.
Who’d a thunk Petty was a coward.
He’s a rebel without a clue.
It is simply embarassing when conservatives do this to themselves.
Even if the music is public domain, just assume that EVERYONE in the music field is a flaming lib, and will deny a conservative the use of their song. If they’re looking for music, try some Christian group or someone with a show out of Branson,MO.
Or go with a Ted Nugent song.
But knock it off with this popular crap - these musicians HATE us, and will NEVER allow the use of their music. And even if there’s a legal right to use it, the artist will come out and bash the candidate anyway, leading to further humiliation.
Absolutely. He certainly should donate his work to candidates he does not like.
I'm sure you'll be donating your own more popular music for her use.
What tunes would those be exactly?
They must be well known, given that you can call Petty untalented.
Considering Petty hasn’t had a hit song in a couple of decades, the exposure might give his long-since-deceased career a boost.
Yeah I don’t think he’s donating jack, idiot. It’s not as if she’s stealing his songs for use in public. But apparently her campaign’s money is too tainted for his sensibilities.
Of Course. Saw this from a mile when I heard the song on the news. All these idiot musicians have something against conservatives. Chrissy Hyde sued Limbaugh over the theme. SO he payed up. John Mellencamp didn’t want McCain playing his song in 08. Other people ranted in the past. Losers.
If you wish to use a song, you contact the Publisher and purchase a LICENSE to play the song in Public. if Michele played this song at a rally, she BOUGHT the Right to do so. Tom is being petty.
I have no problem with what Tom Petty wants and I agree that he's a no-talent clown and a jerk. A producer of a product or service should be able to select his customer base for any reason whatsoever. A free, unfettered market allows such liberty to both the consumer (boycotts) and to the purveyors (selection).
But the liberals would scream bloody murder if a business were to "discriminate" against, say, sodomites. Freedom-depriving inventions such as the "Fair" Housing Act fly in the face of liberty. If I were to have rental property, I would no more want to have it occupied by a sodomite than Tom Petty wants his music used by Conservatives.
The problem is that Tom Petty gets praised for his "principles" and I'd get thrown in the slammer for my freedom of choice based upon principle.
We went through this the last time. Screw their songs and I hope it hits them in the pocketbook.
GOP candidates, just play songs that are American. Believe me, these old farts need your money to stay afloat.
Otherwise nobody pays any attention to them.
I am pragmatic in this respect, I would take what I can get. LOL
Petty. A well-named Lib if ever there was one.
Darn you racist, sexist, homophobic, nazi you! /s
Because that S-O-B wants to either get paid or give permission.
How dare he? Bachmann should be able to rip off anything she wants, by God!
She should adopt a Casting Crowns song “Until the Whole World Hears”. That would cause the liberals’ heads to explode.
C'mon...where's xenophobic in that list?!? :)
How the hell do you know that she didn’t pay the label for right to use that song? If the article said specifically that she used the song without paying for it, then I understand your point. But my presumption is that the campaign followed the rules and obtained fair use license for it.
If not, I'm not sure what his complaint would be, since he agreed to give up ownership rights.
Of course, the MSM will point out that Bachman doesn't have Petty's support to use her own campaign music every chance they get, so it probably is best to just drop it for Michelle.
I suspect Petty actually wants Bachmann to play that classic song as much as possible. He just wants to get paid for it.
In the eighties, I often found myself amazed at how many of my fellow musicians were very left-leaning. Not all, certainly, but a lot were. Go figure. With regard to Mrs. Bachmann, there are conservative musicians out there. The first that comes to mind would be Vince Furnier - Alice Cooper. He’s a registered Republican, last I heard. There are others, too. Just as Jon Voight isn’t the only good guy in Hollywood, there are musical folks out there. A better idea, though, might be for her to find a few musicians and just write her own theme song. Then there aren’t any rights issues. Yes, it’s more difficult, but at least it avoids this sort of silliness. Just a thought. ;)
Does Petty own full rights to his music, though?
I recall that he spoke about Hynde and said when she was asked about him playing that song, she asked ‘who’s Rush’. So when did a lawsuit take place?
well Mr. Tom Petty - I guess you won’t be downloaded to my MP3 any longer.
Slayer and metallica are right wing.
Your point is exactly what pisses me off about this.
If Michele Bachmann bought the right to use the song, in the legally agreed to manner and for the legally agreed to rate, then Tom Petty has no business calling her out for it.
He doesn’t own the song!
And his singling her out is discrimination.
If only it wern’t so true......
Truthfully, I can’t blame Petty for this. It’s his stuff, and having it used in a political campaign must be like a parent seeing their small child dressed up in a stupid costume doing stupid things on national TV.
If she wanted his music that badly, she could have hired some other musician to do a cover of it under “fair use”. It’s done all the time.
I wish the GOP would field a candidate worthy of the song "Stranglehold".
or what? thats what i would like to know.
what can he really do?
I stopped by wikipedia to see if I could easily figure out whether he retained publishing, didn’t find that.
But I did note this, from a category entitled “Usage In Recent Media:”
“The song has been featured in several Hollywood films, most notably FM (1978), Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Chasing Liberty (2004). Its use in The Silence of the Lambs made the list of Top 11 Uses of Classic Rock in Cinema at UGO.
It was featured in the TV series Scrubs, in a scene of an episode titled “My Own American Girl”, which was first aired on October 2, 2003. It was also featured in The Sopranos, in season 6 episode “Join the Club”.
The song was recently featured on the “NBC” comedy, “Parks and Recreation”, at the end of Season 3’s “Harvest Festival” episode.
The song was frequently played during Hillary Clinton rallies or town hall meetings during the 2008 Democratic Primaries.
The Strokes have admitted to taking the riff for their 2001 single, “Last Nite”, from this song. In a 2006 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Tom Petty said “The Strokes took “American Girl”, and I saw an interview with them where they actually admitted it. That made me laugh out loud. I was like, ‘OK, good for you.’ It doesn’t bother me”. This was brought up because of plagiarism accusations on the Red Hot Chili Peppers for similarities between their “Dani California” and Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”. Petty has stated that he does not care about any similarities and The Strokes have actually played as an opening act for Tom Petty in summer of 2006.”
I thought, hmm. Just depends on who is using it, I guess. It’s apparently okay to, umm, ‘purloin/borrow/adapt’ portions of his work if it amuses him. Not my intent to malign him, as I own some of his work, and think well of it. But apparently the okay exists solely for those on the left.
Why don’t these slimeball lefty rockers just go and do what they do best: overdose and die.
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.
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