Newt Gingrich is in hot water from English band The Heavy and 80’s rockers Survivor for unathorized use of their songs during the Presidential Campaign. Survivor has filed suit against “The Newt” for using Eye Of The Tiger as entrance music at recent campaign rallies. The Heavy has filed a cease and desist order against Gingrich for using How You Like Me Now on the campaign trail. It’s not even close to the first time politicians have used songs at campaign rallies without asking permission.
According to SPIN, “it all goes back to Ronald Reagan, who kicked off three decades of cluelessness by using the staunchly liberal Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. back in 1984.” Foo Fighters, Heart, John Mellencamp, Jackson Browne and ABBA all went after John McCain‘s 2008 Presidential campaign for using their songs.
Rolling Stone chronicled the list of recent Republican offenders:
- Tom Petty and Katrina and the Waves sent Michele Bachmann a cease-and-desist letter last year
- David Byrne sued Florida ex-governor Charlie Crist for using the Talking Heads song Road to Nowhere
- Don Henley filed papers against California senate candidate Chuck DeVore for using Boys of Summer
None of these suits ever went to trial with most either settled out of court or the politician agreed to drop the song. Still, you’d rather have your candidate using music instead of singing like Mitt Romney attempts here: