What is it about politicians using rock songs without getting permission? And not understanding what those songs actually mean?
Several years ago Foo Fighter front man Dave Grohl said he was offended that George W. Bush took his “Times Like These” as his campaign theme, to the point where he ended up campaigning for John Kerry because of it. Now Republican windbag Donald Trump has peeved off the crankiest of all Canadians, by using Neil Young‘s “Rockin’ In The Free World” without his permission.
“Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement. Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.” Read a statement from the Canadian music legend’s management.
The irony of course is that “Rockin’ In The Free World” is a huge slap in the face lyrically for the Republican party, written during the beginning of George H. W. Bush’s first term as President.
Sarah Palin used Heart’s “Barracuda” for her 2008 RNC run, and was immediately asked to stop by the band’s Wilson sisters. Canadian-Samoli singer K’Naan threatened legal action against Mitt Romney for using his song “Wavin’ Flag.”
Perhaps the most heinous appropriation of a song was Ronald Reagan‘s use of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA,” which is famously anti-American, and critical of the Republican legacy in American history.
Oh well, irony seems lost on someone like Trump – whose campaign slogan should probably be “We Shall Overcomb,” rather than about Rockin’ anywhere.