After Senator McCain finished his
sleep-inducing acceptance speech last night, the hall rang out with Heart’s song “Barracuda”, clearly a tribute to Governor Palin’s nickname on the basketball court, “Sarah Barracuda”.
Ann and Nancy Wilson from Heart don’t like it. Not one bit. They do, however, appreciate the bitter irony of that song choice:
“The Republican campaign did not ask for permission to use the song, nor would they have been granted that permission,” it read. “We have asked the Republican campaign publicly not to use our music. We hope our wishes will be honored.”
Heart’s Nancy Wilson felt compelled to personally respond. “I think it’s completely unfair to be so misrepresented,” she said in a phone call to EW.com after the speech. “I feel completely fucked over.” She and sister Ann Wilson then e-mailed the following exclusive statement:
“Sarah Palin’s views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women. We ask that our song ‘Barracuda’ no longer be used to promote her image. The song ‘Barracuda’ was written in the late 70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women. (The ‘barracuda’ represented the business.) While Heart did not and would not authorize the use of their song at the RNC, there’s irony in Republican strategists’ choice to make use of it there.“
Add Heart to the list of artists whose songs the McCain campaign has had to quit using like John Mellencamp, Van Halen, and Jackson Browne.
I’m just sayin’…