Campaign music: 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls

Soundtrack for this post: ‘True Colors‘ by Cyndi Lauper and ‘American Girl‘ by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.

A couple of weeks ago an ad attacking Republican presidential nominee candidate Mitt Romney appeared.  Then, pretty quickly, all trace of it disappeared.  The ad was pulled because it used Cyndi Lauper’s ‘True Colors‘ without her permission.  She accordingly had “her people” remove it.

Republicans can’t seem to keep their mitts off the works of unsympathetic musicians: last year Tom Petty had to get confrontational to avoid now pulled-out candidate Michele Bachmann using his ‘American Girl‘ during her campaign launch.  Do these people even vaguely listen to the lyrics?  (By people I mean the candidates’ aides).  ‘American Girl’ is…well, it’s not very patriotic.  It opens thus:

Well she was an American Girl
Raised on promises
She couldn’t help thinking that there was
A little more to life, somewhere else
After all it was a great big world
With lots of places to run to

Other artists are of course happy to have their work used by Republicans (or anyone else).  Would you vote for a man whose campaign theme song is from Kid Rock’s oeuvre?  If so, Romney’s your man.

More on the use of music in electoral campaigns in future posts.  I’ll even try to find some positive instances.  Other than perhaps Bill Clinton’s use of ‘Don’t Stop’ nothing’s springing to mind, so please do make suggestions.

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