September 9th, 2008
12:43 PM ET
3 years ago

McCain and Palin once again play 'Barracuda'

Heart guitarists Nancy and Ann Wilson don't want the McCain campaign to play their song.
Heart guitarists Nancy and Ann Wilson don't want the McCain campaign to play their song.

LEBANON, Ohio (CNN) – The rock band "Heart" may have asked John McCain and Sarah Palin stop playing their song "Barracuda" at their rallies, but the campaign is apparently paying no heed.

The track - played at the Republican National Convention in honor of the Vice Presidential nominee, who earned the nickname "Sarah Barracuda" playing high school basketball in Alaska - was pumped through the streets of Lebanon, Ohio on Tuesday morning at an outdoor rally before the GOP ticket showed up.

Earlier: Heart condemns McCain-Palin use of 'Barracuda'

When the song was played after Palin's convention speech last week, the band members quickly requested that McCain and Palin pull the plug.

"Sarah Palin's views and values in no way represent us as American women," Ann and Nancy Wilson told Entertainment Weekly. "We ask that our song 'Barracuda' no longer be used to promote her image."

But the McCain camp said last week that it had paid for and obtained all necessary licenses before using the song.

And the band's former guitarist, Roger Fisher, told Reuters last week that the McCain camp’s use of the song benefited both sides: Republicans get "the ingenious placement of a kick-ass song" - and Heart gets headlines and royalties. Part of that money, said Fisher, would be heading to the Arizona senator’s opponent: "With my contribution to Obama's campaign, the Republicans are now supporting Obama," he told Reuters.


Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (212 Responses)
  1. Tim

    Here is what the moderators block in the story about Obama calling McCain shameless:

    Yes, yes, all very nice. Seems to be working just about according to plan. Hee, hee, hee.

    Posted before any other comments were showing up. Still awaiting moderation, but comments now closed.

    Boy, that sure is an inappropriate comment.

    September 9, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. Republican 4 Ever

    If Palin can work with a very young baby, then why can't ALL women do it. Why do some have to take off from work yet Palin can travel all over the country with McCain working. At my job we are covering for one right now that is out with a baby leaving us with her load to carry. Palin has just set the new bar for working women. This family leave needs to be looked into.
    McCain/Palin for a working woman.

    September 9, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. PD

    Sleazy campaign.

    September 9, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. Marie in Ohio

    I love it!

    Go Obama/Biden!

    September 9, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. Holly from Minnesota

    Sad when your record label sells you out despite your protests. This is even worse than when "(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman" was used to sell panty liners.

    September 9, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. gerri

    I think a catfish is more in line with her brain function.

    September 9, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. Joe

    How long is it going to take the lobbyists running Senator McCain's campaign to get Governor Palin up-to-speed so that she can sit for interviews with the press corps? What are they trying to hide?

    September 9, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Republican for Obama

    I've voted republican for most of my life, but this time the ticket is a disgrace. I might be a republican, but I can see through all the lies and hypocrisy of McCain and Palin. Plus after regretting voting for Bush I won't make the same mistake this time. I'm proud to be voting for Obama in this election and I'm not the only one. My whole family is voting for Obama and almost all of my republican friends are – not to mention my Dem friends.

    Go Obama! Let's fix our broken government.

    September 9, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. Truth Be Told

    Don't you get the feeling that, regardless of what Republicans ran, they would be portrayed as another Bush-Cheney administration?

    September 9, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. Done with Dems

    Maybe OB can use the Beatles "Help". It fits perfectly. Never cared for what's their name that did Barracuda.

    September 9, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. S Callahan

    Well, I look at the excitement issue of the McCain camp like an ice cream truck...your thrilled it finally came, get your ice cream, then go to eat it and it falls to the ground. Obama camp is still strong....

    September 9, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. Yankee Air Pirate

    They should be happy for the publicity.They were as dead as Obama's chances.

    September 9, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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