Poor Republicans! No one with a really catchy hits seems to want to let them use the songs for their campaigns. Now it is Rep. Michele Bachmann’s turn. She kicked off (re-kicked off? re-re-kicked off?) her presidential campaign in Waterloo Iowa yesterday and as she was leaving the stage they played the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers hit “American Girl”.
Well, it might have been fine for a candidate that Mr. Petty supports (if I recall correctly then Sen. Clinton used that song quite a bit and never got a peep out of him, golly, could she have asked for permission first?) but he dies not support Rep. Bachmann (R- Crazy Eyes), so he had his people send a cease and desist letter to the presidential campaign.
I am always shocked at this. Not that some artists don’t want their songs used for candidates that they don’t support, but rather that Republicans will just appropriate any old piece of music they think sells their point.
I am pretty sure that Ronald Regan did not support the anti-Vietnam war sentiments of “Born in the USA”, he just wanted the hook associated with his campaign. Likewise I think that La Bachmann and her merry crew haven’t really looked at the lyrics of “American Girl”.
I mean, the chorus is pretty suggestive for a tight-laced Christian conservative:
O yeah, all right
Take it easy, baby
Make it last all night
She was an American girl
Maybe I a just a dirty minded Liberal, but that is about having sex, no?
And there is this part too:
And for one desperate moment
There he crept back in her memory
God it’s so painful when something that’s so close
Is still so far out of reach
I don’t know about you, but that sounds like what happens when you run for office and you don’t get elected. So maybe Mr. Petty is doing the Queen of the Deranged a favor by keeping her from using his song.
What is on your minds tonight Firedogs? The floor is yours!
What’s that? Oh of course I would not leave you hanging, here is the band live in 1981 with the song