September 9th, 2008
12:43 PM ET
2 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. Patsy Madison, TN

    When it is shown that McCain/Palin are empty suits the tide will change. I have just heard both candidates speak, and Obama had policies, and McCain/Palim just throw mud.

    September 9, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. kobs

    When you listen and hear Palin speek, she is apalling !!!

    September 9, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. Chuck

    Republicans can't run the country, but, they sure can run a campaign. Why does the electorate in this country get themselves taken in by this? It is a self-defeating phenomena for the electorate that is about to happen again. Republicans continue to lie and attack so much better than Democrats. When will the Democrats start using the same tactics?

    September 9, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. Joan

    I love McCain & Palin no matter what song they play. Although they could find a much better song by a better group in my opinion.

    September 9, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. DisenfranchisedHills for McCain

    BOYCOTT "HEART"! iTS JUST THAT SIMPLE!

    September 9, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. tonyP

    it seems the left, the dems, and Obama are starting to unravel, and implode, I just heard his sound bite from yesterday and he sounded upset, angry and desperate.

    September 9, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. cHRis, SC

    It's over guys, this Palin woman has turned things around, and its a shame that we won't have any change anytime soon. Get ready for another 4 years of GW Bush and get used to hearing President John McCain. I just don't want to hear anyone complain for the next four yeras. Lets all vote for Hillary in 2012.

    September 9, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. chud

    Media just doesn't get it! Every smear against Palin is just another plus for the Repubs!

    September 9, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. barbara

    If McCain/Palin can;t respect the wishes of "Heart" when they asked that their song not be used, how can we expect them to respect any of our wishes. As long as something works for them, it's OK.

    September 9, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. T'SAH from Virginia

    GET THE MONEY!!! WE CAN USE THE LOOT!!! (By the way – where's the over $100 million dollars that was taken in for that "BRIDGE TO NOWHERE"??????) Hmmm, stay on that story and before you know it – that could be DONATED to the OBAMA CAMP also!!! LOL

    YES WE CAN – OBADEN 2008-2016!!!!!

    September 9, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. bob

    I live in Ohio...GO OBAMA BIDEN 08

    September 9, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    What's new? They are not keen on following the rules or respecting people. Not this time. It's time for change. No, not the McSame change.

    September 9, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. Oh boy....

    This is sickening. Are people real this shallow? No issues have been discussed and now people are head over hills for Palin. We can't be this stupid but then you never know!

    People have parished for lack of knowledge!

    September 9, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. gate

    On the Sept. 5th, CNN posted: "Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart said Thursday night that Universal Music Publishing and Sony BMG have sent a cease and desist notice to the McCain-Palin campaign over their use of 'Barracuda.'"

    So which is it CNN? Did the McCain camp secure the rights or are they lying and in violation of the DMCA? Please investigate.

    September 9, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. Shari, NY

    Will the McCain/Palin team kindly say how they will address the 88 %illiteracy rate amont DC 8th graders (right under Bush's nose)?

    September 9, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  16. Belle2

    They sold the rights to the campaign, then, asked them not to use the song. They want the money but do not want their customer to use the product. This is the Obama way? Heart needs to stop complaining and be more careful who they sell the rights to next time. The McCain/Palin campaign have the right to use the song without the public outcry. They should sue Heart for damages-the product lost its value because of the public outcry from Heart. Suppose you bought a GE dishwasher then GE asked you not to use it and went public with that request. Think about it!!

    September 9, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. Ann

    When Palin has been subjected to the tough scrutiny given Hillary Clinton by reporters, pundits, commentators and rivals we'll see what she's made of – doubt she can stand up to it – right now she's being treated like a procelain doll. She can't hold a candle to Clinton.

    P.S. Mrs. Palin – give us ideas and policy positions not insults and zingers. You're negativity has pretty much persuaded me, among others, to not give you a second thought.

    September 9, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Mikey

    Apparently the Barracuda is bilingual – she can speak in tongues, as many of the parishioners of her church do. I don't particularly care, how they choose to honor the Lord is their own personal choice.

    What does concern me is that the members of their church are told to look for signs of the end of days. It would be an understatement to say that it makes me nervous to think that someone who is looking for signs that it is time for the Apocalypse could have their finger on the button. Anyone else uncomfortable about that?

    Remember, she is on tape saying that the invasion of Iraq was part of God's plan, as is getting the pipeline she supports built.

    September 9, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  19. Mike - Texas

    You'd think that Heart would enjoy the publicity after all of these years.

    As far as ther royalties are concerned, it is a small pittance to pay for an energizing song.

    September 9, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. Diana

    I am just waiting for the Biden/Palin debate. She's nothing but hot air. Would someone please cut that awful hair?

    September 9, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. gc

    "Hillary supporter now for McCain/Palin" looks like we have another RNC blogger. Any woman that truly supported Hillary would not support Palin. The only thing they have in common is that they are women. This attitude that the McCain crew is trying to promote is very condescending to women. They think we will not worry our pretty little heads about issues and vote for our own no matter what.

    September 9, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. faye, NV

    Palin/McCain are quiet good at taking credit for something.

    September 9, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. Cathy in MD

    Which Republican is running for President - John McCain or Sarah Palin? It is painfully clear that McCain alone does not generate this excitement and does not have the appeal and popularity that he is enjoying as part of this Team of so-called “Mavericks.” This does not reflect well on his ability to head the ticket, and Palin is not qualified to be President of the United States if that were to become necessary. She is nothing more than a strategically placed marketing device being used to sell an otherwise boring, more of the same-old-partisan-politics McCain to undecided, disenfranchised voters and the extreme right wing conservative base. McCain and Palin ARE NOT what they claim to be. Just notice how often the crowds of their "supporters" are forced to chant, "USA, USA" only to drown out the protests. Don't be fooled by appearances. Thanks, but NO THANKS - to more of the same!!!

    September 9, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Are we surprised that, despite requests from Heart that the McCain camp not use their music, they continue to simply flip them the bird and play it anyway? This is exactly what we've come to expect from the Republicans.

    They ignore subpoenas, they don't bother with copyright laws, they ignore required warrants, etc.

    And can you imagine if BO had picked a VP currently under an active ethics investigation? The Republicans would have been all OVER him. How can they justify picking someone who may be found guilty of impropriety?

    I know. It's because they think they're above the law. Well, you know what? They're wrong and they're going to find out the hard way if BO/Biden win this election.

    September 9, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. C W

    Hey, the chorus from "Barracuda" says it all about the McCain/Palin hypocrisy and their slash-and-burn politics:

    If the real thing don't do the trick
    You better make up something quick
    You gonna burn burn burn burn it to the wick
    Ooooooh, barracuda?

    September 9, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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