Last night while watching the final act of the RNC convention, I noticed they played “Barracuda” as an homage to Palin’s high school basket ball nickname while the balloons dropped and I wondered to myself if Heart was cool with the RNC using their song.
In a statement issued earlier today, Nancy Wilson said:
“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.”
This isn’t the first time Republicans have (rightfully) gotten flack for using songs written by leftist. Reagan’s misuse of that particular antiwar ballad by Springsteen is well known but fewer people know that John Mellencamp sent a cease and desist letter to the Mccain camp during the primary because they kept playing “Our Country“. Mellencamp was an Edwards man because, you know, populists with the accents of good ol’ boys got to stick together.
The common thread of these songs are that they’re overwhelmingly inappropriate for the RNC if you actually listen to the lyrics. I mean come on–Female empowerment against sexist business practices? Compassion (in the form of social services) for the working class? Anti-War anything? Now maybe I’m not giving the GOP enough credit–Maybe they’re just so mind-blowingly POMO that my provincial mind cannot wrap my head around it. Sort of like playing Rage Against the Machine to torture prisoners at Gitmo. They’re not appropriating these things out of ignorance, but out of sheer spite toward the liberals who love them.
Hey, it’s possible!