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McCain campaign: Hey, we paid for the right to use Heart’s “Barracuda.”
So we're going to use it.
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.