Saturday, February 16, 2008

For the Huckster

Love to see musicians call out Republicans who would cop their songs for the campaign trail.

The chief songwriter and founder of the band Boston has more than a feeling that he's being ripped off by Mike Huckabee. In a letter to the Republican presidential hopeful, Tom Scholz complains that Huckabee is using his 1970s smash hit song "More Than a Feeling" without his permission.

A former member of the band, Barry Goudreau, has appeared with Huckabee at campaign events, and they have played the song with Huckabee's band, Capitol Offense.

While I think it's way cool that Huckabee plays the bass (cuz us bass players need to stick together), perhaps those on the right need to check (and pay royalties) before they just grab those anthems.

In his letter, Scholz referred to Huckabee as the "straight talk candidate," but that label more often is applied to Sen. John McCain, who has had his own troubles when it comes to his musical playlist. Last week, McCain's campaign agreed to stop playing John Mellencamp's songs "Our Country" and "Pink Houses" at his rallies after the liberal rocker complained.

Does anyone else but me think "Our Country" was phoned in by Mellencamp? Song has absolutely no life to it, which, actually, made it perfect for McCain.