“Shipping Up To Boston” and Other Songs Used in Political Campaigns
"We Literally Hate You" said the Dropkick Murphys To Wisconsin Gov. Walker over the weekend on Twitter. He was using the Murphy's version of 'Shipping Up To Boston' and the band was pissed. Not much they can do. In fact, tweeting probably just gives the issue more fuel. But any campaign can use any song, as long as they are buying the rights from the label. BAM.
Read the whole story at Billboard.com.
And here's a list of some recent campaigns who have used songs from popular music. Some you'll recognize, some you won't but almost all have the artists pissed.
Cyndi Lauper “True Colors” – Cyndi Lauper’s ’80s smash “True Colors” was used in an attack ad against Mitt Romney. Ms. Lauper got wind and asked for her version of the song to be removed, despite not being a fan of Mitt Romney or his Republican politics.
ABBA “Take A Chance On Me”- In the 2008 Presidential election, Republican Candidate John McCain used Swedish pop group ABBA’s hit “Take A Chance On Me,” which they ultimately asked him to stop using for political propaganda.
Celine Dion “You And I”- Hillary Clinton used Celine Dion’s “You And I” during a web campaign for women supporters during the 2008 Democratic Primary race.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers “I Won’t Back Down”- George W. Bush used Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” for his 2000 Presidential campaign.
Fleetwood Mac “Don’t Stop”- Bill Clinton used Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop” at the 1992 Democratic National Convention. He liked the song so much that his even convinced the disbanded group to get back together to perform at his 1993 Inaugural Ball.
Stevie Wonder “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, (I’m Yours)”- Barack Obama used Stevie Wonder’s classic during his Democratic National Convention and his Inaugural Ball.
Survivor “Eye Of The Tiger” – Republican Primary Candidate Newt Gingrich loves the Rocky anthem “Eye Of The Tiger.” He’s been using the Survivor-penned track for over three years in various political campaigns and rallies.
Bruce Springsteen “Born In The U.S.A” – Ronald Reagan used Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The U.S.A.” during his political campaign.