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McCain campaign: Hey, we paid for the right to use Heart’s “Barracuda.”

So we're going to use it.

Which they are (Via Hot Air Headlines). Personally, I like this take from the guitarist:

And the band’s former guitarist, Roger Fisher, told Reuters last week that the McCain camp’s use of the song benefited both sides: Republicans get “the ingenious placement of a kick-ass song” — and Heart gets headlines and royalties. Part of that money, said Fisher, would be heading to the Arizona senator’s opponent: “With my contribution to Obama’s campaign, the Republicans are now supporting Obama,” he told Reuters.

I think that this is precisely the right attitude to have: Yeah, I’ll take your money with a smile, then use some of it to fund your political opponent. So you just keep on using it, guys. I mean, that’s what I’d do.

Um, assuming that I was a sufficiently good guitar player as to be able to get meaningful residual royalty checks for a song recording that I was on.

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