Skip to comments.Tom Petty tells Michele Bachmann to stop using his music
Posted on 06/29/2011 11:34:22 AM PDT by MissesBush
Tom Petty has told US presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to stop using one of his songs as part of her campaign, insisting he did not give the rightwing politician permission. Within 24 hours of the televised launch of Bachmann's 2012 campaign, Petty's lawyers reportedly pounced on the press-conference soundtrack, which used the song American Girl as exit music.
"Petty isn't pleased," reported NBC's Kelly O'Donnell, while Rolling Stone confirmed the singer's lawyers had sent the Minnesota congresswoman a cease and desist order. It's not even the first bump of Bachmann's campaign: during her announcement speech, the Tea Party supporter confused the birthplace of actor John Wayne with that of serial killer John Wayne Gacy.
Petty's problem appears to be with Bachmann's politics. In 2008, the singer allowed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to use American Girl for her unsuccessful presidential bid. But he was much less sympathetic in 2000, when Republican candidate George W Bush was discovered to be playing I Won't Back Down at his rallies. "This use has not been approved," Petty's representatives told the future president. "Any use made by you or your campaign creates, either intentionally or unintentionally, the impression that you and your campaign have been endorsed by Tom Petty, which is not true." Bush , er, backed down.
Politicians have got into lots of trouble using pop songs over the last few years. From Sarah Palin and Heart to Nicolas Sarkozy and MGMT, to David Cameron and Keane, politicians' rallying songs are proving a litigious nightmare. Perhaps they ought to look into using classical music.
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He has an appropriate surname.
“...Tom Petty tells Michele Bachmann to stop using his music...”
Michele Bachmann tells Tom Petty to stop using our air.
Bachmann released a statement saying she is surprised that a legendary NASCAR driver would have a problem with her using the song, and she’s considering a boycott of STP fuel treatment. Ed Rollins could not be reached for comment.
Tom Petty now on my boycott list.
Music has already been removed from my ITunes.
that’s a real heartbreaker.
Maybe Obaammy could use “You Wreck Me” for his debt reduction and ecomomic plan entrance theme song.
TP doesn’t need the money. Not by a long shot.
Notice the digs into Michele by the writer... rightwing politician... the John Wayne thing again. Aholes....
I think Petty should authorize his “Free Falling” for use in the Obama campaign.
Gee, ya think?
I just got into a massive flame war on Willie’s Facebook page about this stupid loyalty to the Democrats. The legalize pot crowd is just dumb for believing that the Democrats are going to do anything different than the Republicans about legalizing marijuana. They are all stoner idiots.
This happens in every single election. Some Republican uses rock music as a theme and the singer gets his or her panties in a twist over it. Remember how Springstein whined about Reagan using “Born in the USA”? Or how that freak who made noises blew a gasket when Bush Senior used “Don’t Worry Be Happy” as his theme? Republicans need to realize that all they are doing by using the music is giving these has-beens a chance to be important and self-righeous again.
Petty is just being a “petty idiot”.Talented but a stupid lib
Does anyone know the law in these situations? I think Michele Bachmann should stop playing the washed up, lefty loser’s lousy music anyway, but can he force her to?
What rights does a song writer or recording “artist” have to restrict the use of music that he/she has sold recording of to the public?
What simple minded twit in the Bachmann campaign
decided it was OK to STEAL someone else's property ?
Tom Petty, whose vocals sound like a 60-year-old man imitating a pouting, petulant brat?
This is actually a blessing. Michele can do FAR better for campaign music.
MP has no RhINO Skin....