Rockers Vs GOP: No â€˜Pink Housesâ€™ for McCain, â€˜Feelingâ€™ for Huckabee
Dem Rockers strike back at GOP candidates: McCain barred from using Mellencampâ€™s â€œPink Houses,â€ Huckabee from â€œMore than a Feelingâ€Â
By Jeffrey Jolson for Hollywood Today
HOLLYWOOD, CA (RUSHPRNEWS) 6/01/08 â€” â€œMore Than a Feelingâ€ is causing more than a ruckus as the songwriter and founder of the rock group Boston has a bad feeling towards Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who is using the rock classic as a campaign anthem without his permission.
Tom Sholz, considered the reclusive mastermind behind the group which holds a still-standing record for selling 14 million copies of the debut album the song was on, â€œBoston,â€ wrote a letter to Huckabee that was ccâ€™d to the media, saying â€œheâ€™d been ripped offâ€
â€œBoston has never endorsed a political candidate, and with all due respect, would not start by endorsing a candidate who is the polar opposite of most everything Boston stands for,â€ wrote Scholz, adding that he is supporting Democratic Sen. Barack Obama. â€œBy using my song, and my bandâ€™s name Boston, you have taken something of mine and used it to promote ideas to which I am opposed. In other words, I think Iâ€™ve been ripped off, dude!â€
In Huckabeeâ€™s defense, Sholzâ€™ former bandmate Barry Goudreau, has appeared with Huckabee at campaign events, and they have played the song with Huckabeeâ€™s band, Capitol Offense.
Scholz, who said Goudreau left the band more than 25 years ago after a three-year stint, objects to the implication that the band and one of its members has endorsed Huckabeeâ€™s candidacy.
Fred Bramante, who was chairman of Huckabeeâ€™s New Hampshire campaign, called the allegations ridiculous. He said he attended dozens of Huckabee rallies in New Hampshire and other states and never heard Huckabee play â€œMore Than a Feeling,â€ other than when Goudreau campaigned with him in Iowa in October.
â€œGovernor Huckabee plays â€˜Sweet Home Alabama.â€™ Does that mean Lynyrd Skynyrd is endorsing him? He plays â€˜Louie Louie.â€™ Does that mean The Kingsmen are endorsing him? To me, itâ€™s ridiculous,â€ he said. â€œNever once has he said, â€˜The band Boston endorses me.â€™
Scholz, in a telephone interview with AP on Friday, said he understands â€œMore Than a Feelingâ€ has been a centerpiece at some rallies, and said Goudreau is identified with the band in an endorsement video.
â€œWhenever a campaign publicly exploits a well-known song, there is some inference of supportâ€ by the band or artist, he added.
He recommends that Huckabee â€œstick to music recorded by far-right Republicans.â€
Last week, McCainâ€™s campaign agreed to stop playing John Mellencampâ€™s songs â€œOur Countryâ€ and â€œPink Housesâ€ at his rallies after the liberal rocker complained.
Mellencamp had supported Democrat John Edwards, who recently dropped out of the race.
Other candidates have had better luck selecting songs. Celine Dion said she was â€œthrilledâ€ that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton used her song, â€œYou and Iâ€ as her official campaign anthem. Obama frequently blares U2â€™s â€œCity of Blinding Lightsâ€ at his events.
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