September 5th, 2008
08:41 AM ET
14 years ago

Heart condemns McCain-Palin use of 'Barracuda'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. "]ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - Blasting through the Republican convention hall is the 1977 hit "Barracuda" by rock band Heart.

It's a shout-out to Sarah Palin. When she played basketball in high school, the soon-to-be Republican vice presidential nominee earned the nickname "Sarah barracuda" for her fierce competitiveness.

Some of her opponents revived the "Sarah barracuda" nickname after she became mayor of her hometown, Wasilla, in 1996, defeating a three-term incumbent.

UPDATE: 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.'

"We have asked the Republican campaign publicly not to use our music. We
hope our wishes will be honored," the group said in a statement that said they "condemn" the use of the song at the Republican convention.

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soundoff (327 Responses)
  1. Elle

    What a bunch of crap re Heart. So they played the song. They played other ones. Makes the group look petty.

    September 5, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  2. Ian from BROOKLYN, NY

    I don't blame them. Who wants to be accociated to a party that is going no where?

    September 5, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  3. cosca

    one great line from Barracuda exemplifies the republicans:
    "when the real thing don't do the trick, you'd better think up something quick – barracuda!" –
    such a sad, empty pack of lies. change? when mcsame's first major decision is to choose someone so extremely right wing and divisiveness-spewing? stop the lies already...

    September 5, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  4. Tolu

    Move over McCain (I'll ignore that other one on the ticket; she's such a non entity); there's a new maverick in town, and REAL change is coming!


    September 5, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  5. peakarach,des moines,IA



    September 5, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  6. Joe Cheesehead, WI

    We’ve seen this before in the DEM primaries.
    Hillary tried the experience thing and it didn’t work.
    Then tried Change and we all saw thru it.
    Finally the Attacks came and that didn’t work either.

    If you look at McCain you’ll see all of those tactics.
    He talked about experience long enough to only realize people are looking for Change.
    Since he couldn’t muster how to sell Change with the Bush (last 8 yrs) and the rubber stamp GOP Congress (last 12 yrs) monkey on his back he attacked and that didn’t get him anywhere.
    Now in desperation he’s whipped up an unknown Alaskan governor or as she likes to call her self, “a pit-bull with lipstick” for VP trying to fool people that he’s all about Change.

    Well McCain we can still see right thru your smoke and mirrors.

    September 5, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  7. David

    Heart should be happy someone is playing their music. Everytime a musical artist does this, I stop listening to their music.

    September 5, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |

    As reported by the New York Times, Obama is dispatching Hillary to campaign hot spots. Personally, I am offended. Send your VP Choice, Send your wife. If Hillary is not good enough for your ticket or for your supporters THEN win it without her...are SKURD Obama?!

    –From a Sistah who is refusing to drink the koolaid

    September 5, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  9. Amber

    That is so stupid. I love Heart! But this is ridiculous....who cares if they play that song. I thought it was a cute testiment to Palin.

    I swear, everyone is in the tank for Obama. Everyone is working against McCain. America has become censored and ignorant.

    September 5, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  10. Thomas Jefferson

    What a sad display of sheep last night. Come along sheeple, run and be scared of Iran, sheeple.

    McCain made is mark for WAR with IRAN. The republicans have blood on their hands.

    September 5, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  11. anon

    Obama used the same song to end his convention that W used to end his convention in 2000. More of the same?

    September 5, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  12. Marcia, Chicago

    Can't wait to see Sarah Palin decimate Biden in the VP debate-

    A Sun Times writer said" "When I looked into my TV and into Sarah Palin's eyes, I saw steel staring back at me."

    Sarah Palin 12 & 16'

    September 5, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  13. JB

    This election is not about Sarah Palin. It's about the 1,000,000 jobs predicted to close by the end of the year. The increase in health insurance predicted for next year, sticks dropping, forclosures, clobal warming. Sarah Palin is not bigger than these issues. As a matter of fact I haven't heard anything her or her "Running MAte" intend to do to "CHange" it. SO let's get off Sarah Palin she's yesterdays news. We need to put our focus on NOvember 4th 2008.

    September 5, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  14. Hana, Saline, MI

    "Backroom Democratic talk is that Biden may withdraw due to health and Hillary will replace him—-"

    Oh, please, please, God let this be true because it will mean certain defeat for the leftist, Obama.

    September 5, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If the campaign was told not to use the song, then they shouldn't have used it. If they continue, the campaign needs to pay royalties as well as penalties for voliating a cease and desist notice. I hope that will stop the campaign from taking things that they were told they should not use.

    September 5, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  16. Independent Thinker

    Harriet....that's the best one I've heard yet. NOT!!!
    Pitbulls Against Palin!!!!!

    September 5, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  17. Trent

    Good Story!

    September 5, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  18. Don H

    It isn't clear to me how a song made public (and played publically for decades) can all of the sudden be off limits to a select audience or forum (with our without royalties paid). Clearly this is a political statement more than one of rights of ownership/use. For an all female band to take this shallow political position to grab another 15 minutes at this remarkable time in our country's political transformation is blazingly shameful.

    September 5, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  19. Bruce

    I found it interesting that the mad who proclaims what a grea American he is did nto wear anything red white and blue last night, no lapel pin, and his tie was gold....think that says something about the thoughts of the republicans.
    If Obama had not worn smoehting he would have been crucified...
    As for biden not being able to stand up to palin...come on....he has more expereince and is well thought of through out the world...whereas palin...well I am sure that all the workld leadres are laughing at the chance to deal with her...expecially when mcCain strokes out and she has to take over.

    September 5, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  20. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    CNN: I know that the conventions are over..........but me a need to come with better breaking news...

    September 5, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  21. peakarach,des moines,IA



    September 5, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  22. DebM, Allentown, PA

    I know this comment isn't relevant to the topic at hand, but I have to say something in response to the PUMA people who are posting McCain/Palin '08, Hillary '12.

    While you may think that will work for you, chances are very good that if McCain wins (God and all that is holy forbid), Palin will have been primed for the presidency, and the Rove slime machine will make sure that she gets it.

    You all keep forgetting that Hillary ended her campaign $20 million in debt. No one will ever let her forget that. It will be the albatross around her neck for all future Presidential bids.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. She will be employed effectively in an Obama cabinet – either as HHS Secretary or Attorney General. She will have no such position of power in a McCain administration.

    If you were truly voting for the best of your candidate, you'll want to see Obama elected. If you were truly voting for your candidate's views, you'll want to see Obama elected. If you were only voting for gender, then there's nothing we can do to change your mind. Just remember you'll be dragging down this country, including our daughters who will not be able to make a choice about their own bodies, and our sons who will be drafted to fight in McCain's wars.

    September 5, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  23. LET IT GO

    Obama now realizes that Biden was a bad pick. Huh? What are you talking about Harriet, in what way was Biden a bad pick? Do you honestly think if he would had pick Hillary things would be better. Hillary pick would had put nail in the coffin. The right wing would have eaten BO alive, they would have use every sound bite of Hillary crutrcizing BO judgement.

    September 5, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  24. Billy

    The story is about HEART. They ought to be glad of the PUBLICITY–they have talent, but let's face it girls, the bloom is off the rose–you're playing FREE venues like Jones Beach... and selling out to Mohegan Sun.
    Go back to Canada, girls and watch the waistline...

    September 5, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  25. Emily

    I think the topic of the post was Heart's request that the RNC quit using their music. Funny how off-topic and irrational you bitter people are.

    When I heard the song playing, I somehow knew this would happen. A musical artist/performer doesn't typically want their music politicized. The U2 song, a lovely song, became repulsive to me after J. Kerry used it for his campaign.

    September 5, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
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