RS: Mellencamp Asks McCain to Stop Using Tunes

From Rolling Stone...

At some recent John McCain campaign rallies, John Mellencamp's "Our Country" and "Pink Houses" have been booming out over the speakers. Uplifting heartland rock must have seemed like a smart pick, but there's just one problem: Mellencamp is an ardent Democrat. And, until recently, he supported John Edwards - who had been playing "Our Country" and "Small Town" at his rallies. Mellencamp hasn't yet made a public response, but his reps are quietly reaching out to McCain and asking him to stop playing his tunes. (McCain's press office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.)

Oops.  Thank God he didn't use anything from Neil Diamond.  

That really doesn't mean anything... I just wanted to post a picture of Neil Diamond.

Tags: Edwards, mccain, mellencamp (all tags)



Re: RS: Mellencamp

I remember that also happening in the last election- I think Bush was using someone's song and they asked him to stop (Springsteen, maybe?).  Since Mellencamp was a staunch Edwards supporters and even doing concerts for her, I would think it would be a no-bainer not to use his songs, butI guess not.

Republicans sell a T-shirt with "Imagine no liberals" on it which I'm sure Lennon would not be thrilled about.

by reasonwarrior 2008-02-05 11:40AM | 0 recs
Re: RS: Mellencamp Asks McCain to Stop Using Tunes

You beat me to it. As soon as I read she was endorsing Obama, that's all I could think of.

When you think of the overused political theme songs, it makes you wonder how the artists feel about the candidates, especially the songs that almost everyone uses, like Van Halen's "Right Now" and Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down."

Maybe we should suggest better songs to more accurately reflect the candidates, like Thursday's "War All The TIme" for John McCain, or "Mr. Big Stuff" for Mitt Romney.

by dannybauder 2008-02-05 12:07PM | 0 recs


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