September 5th, 2008
08:41 AM ET
15 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. Niki

    Ridiculous. The Wilson sisters need to realize it's getting their silly song some air play and stop the annoying power play. It's tantamount to "I'm taking my ball and leaving". Let the GOP play their freaking song.... is it really hurting ANYone???

    September 5, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  2. wesley

    "McCain has given his entire life in service to his country, Obama has sacrificed NOTHING."

    I agree, the guy is just a cacatua with a microphone he should go back to his communities services. The president position is above his paygrade.

    September 5, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  3. 45-year old White Woman for Obama

    barracuda, pitbull, moose...

    I feel like I'm on the funny farm.

    September 5, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  4. punch-a-pundit

    There is a new inconvenient truth and that is that Barack Obama will loose this election if they do not hit Gov. Palin head on. The right has been so energized that they will not be voting for Senator McCain, they will be voting for Gov. Palin. Senator McCain's speech was weak and he looks old and tired and unable to deliver voters based on his moderate track record. The McCain campaign knows this and they will keep Gov. Palin insulated from the mainstream press and filter all of her press exposure through her hometown news organizations. The McCarthy era will be back.

    September 5, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  5. Spencer from VA

    Republicans want to be hip. But the Democratic Party is the hip party. Why didn't they ask Daddy Yankee to sing gasolina since the party didn't talk about one issue that faces real Americans.

    September 5, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  6. dora

    Heart needs to get over themselves. It's just a song. They should welcome the extra royalties.

    September 5, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  7. hind sights 20/20

    Another comment for CNN not to post.

    Too bad this happened now. I just went to thier concert in Charlotte NC last month. If they had said this, I would have boycott it. And to think, I use to like Heart. Never thought I'd see the day, when I would have more respect for Kid Rock then most of Obama-fornia (formerly known as California). At least he knows that as a performer, he his political opinion is just that. His opinion. Not the God's turth.

    September 5, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  8. Marine

    Who the h-ll is Heart??????????????????

    September 5, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  9. New York voter

    Heart should be grateful they're song is getting any attention after all these years. As I read these blogs- I'm can't believe how hateful some of the comments are. Vindictive and nasty is what American politics has become. That's on both sides. The most persuasive blogs are respectful and succinct, yet people choose to spew off- too much anger.

    September 5, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  10. Tom Eyemdaman

    Heart should be glad SOMEONE is still interested in their music. If the democrats were using it, I guess they'd be happy about it.

    I thought McCain's speech was sincere. His re-telling of his POW story wasn't for the benefit of the heroism, but it showed his transformation from a cocky fighter jock with only his self-interest in mind to a USA-loving man dedicated to service to his country. Between he an Barack Obama, I believe McCain and Palin are better able to shake up the power brokers in Washington and re-shape the political landscape.

    McCain * Palin '08

    September 5, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  11. Shana

    Ann and Nancy Who? These two dummies. Nobody's even heard from "Heart" in probably 30 years. They should have been glad anybody even cared to use their music. If I were on the McCain campaign I'd say eff them and let them go back to their part-time substitute teaching jobs in whatever corner of the country they are holed up in.

    September 5, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  12. kerry d

    The Heart gals should be proud to have Palin in the race. All women should be proud of this GREAT lady. As a stay-at-home dad, I am very proud of Mrs. Palin's husband. You go guy!!

    September 5, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  13. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    I hear those barracuda are good eating! Considering the number of lies in her speech, I give her 5 Pinnochios out of 5. She's the local queen of earmarks bringing in $27 million for her town and was FOR the "bridge to nowhere" before she was against it. Basically, they're both fighting against the evil their party has foisted on America for the last 8 years and themselves for being part of it...

    September 5, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  14. Poor Comsumer S.C.

    sue...sue...sue . That's true american values. Lies and thievery... the republican changes you can believe in.

    September 5, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  15. Realistic

    Heart should not worry - the McCain camp is getting ready to run Governor Wingnut back to Alaska where they can hide her from the media and keep her away from questions about her documented involvement in the Alaska separatist movement, Troopergate, her support for the Bridge to Nowhere, Road to Nowhere, and many other bogus earmarks, etc., etc.

    September 5, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  16. Ariana

    LOL, that song was terrible actually. Well, which one is she- a pitbull or a barracuda??? I'd say a mixture of both, Palin is psycho. I know Hillary supports aren't dumb enough to fall for this trick.

    September 5, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  17. Who cares?

    Heart never amounted to anything just like Obama/Biden.

    September 5, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  18. john

    what the hell is the matter with people?
    who cares what music they use? who cares that Palin's daughter is pregnant? who cares about Obama's kids? WHY CANNOT WE FOCUS ON SOMETHING REALLY IMPORTANT?.......CNN is the biggest culprit in making this whole campaign into a big gossip fest. Whoever said we are dumbing down, was 100% correct.

    September 5, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  19. Hils

    "Barracuda" is a good song but it is no "Magic Man."

    September 5, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  20. jim hawkins

    Same old gop ..I cant believe they will run a vp that could have criminal
    charges against her.I was supporting McCain but not now..The party of
    morals..youve got to be kidding me.

    September 5, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  21. Susanne.NM

    Yes, Heart writes their music for people to buy and enjoy but it is THEIR music and they own the rights to it to be used as they see fit. Heart is not the first musician or band to tell Repubs to stop using their music, Bruce Springsteen did the same thing.
    Palin is nothing more than a joke. I supported Hillary and there is NO WAY I would ever support this woman. Obama has my vote in November.
    Obama/Biden 08 !

    September 5, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  22. Kelli

    If McCain/Palin win, I'm moving

    September 5, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  23. David

    Okay, I'm not up on copyright laws. Does Heart really have any legal grounds to say the Republicans can't play one of their songs?

    September 5, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  24. 68 year young man

    Typical liberal "entertainer "???reaction !

    September 5, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  25. Mercedes

    Daddy Yankee should be boycotted for appearing in the Republican party who doesn't believe that government should help the poor. Everyone for themselves by the view of republicans. I wonder how this is going to be digested by the New Yorkericans that are more democrates than republicans and listen to his type of music. I lived in Brooklyn where I NEVER saw people in my neighborhood vote for a republican. Not even the jewish people who made up the area. I am talking of Williamsbugh, Brooklyn.

    September 5, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
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