Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Campaign Songs

A couple of weeks ago, I talked with Carl Wiser of Songfacts.com about the songs the various presidential campaigns have been using, some without permission of the songwriters, and some which didn't seem to fit the themes the candidates wanted.

Now, more musicians have objected to having their songs used at all, including Abba, which told John McCain to stop playing "Take A Chance on Me" at his rallies. Boston's Tom Scholz, who supports Barack Obama, doesn't like Mike Huckabee using "More Than A Feeling," complaining, "by using my song, and my band's name Boston, you have taken something of mine and used it to promote ideas to which I am opposed. In other words, I think I've been ripped off, dude!"