While Michele Bachmann may be the GOP’s hot candidate du jour, the tea party’s best shot at a presidency and Sarah Palin’s “serious” antithesis, but she is no American Girl. At least, according to Tom Petty.
The singer issued a cease and desist letter to Bachmann following the use of his hit “American Girl” on the campaign trail in Waterloo, Iowa yesterday. This, however, is not the first time Petty has asked a Republican politician to back away from his creations. In 2000, then candidate George W. Bush was asked to stop using Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.” Petty later went on to perform the song himself at Al Gore’s home the night Mr. Gore gave his concession speech.
Using classic rock songs, and subsequently being asked to stop using classic rock songs, is unfortunately not new to the Republican Party. After the McCain/Palin ticket of 2008 began using the 1977 Heart hit “Barracuda,” the Wilson sisters issued their own cease and desist. The 1984 Reagan re-election campaign’s use of “Born in The U.S.A.” caused a stir with The Boss.
Charlie Crist should serve as the ultimate lesson to Bachmann. The former Florida governor was slapped with a big lawsuit by Talking Head’s frontman David Byrne and had to issue a clearly-forced public apology.
— By Peter Carril