Earlier this month, a Foo Fighters publicist contacted the Post-Gazette asking if a reporter here could confirm that the John McCain campaign was using one of the band's songs at an area rally. Our reporter, more involved in the politics of the day than the music, didn't remember.
But now we know what the Foo Fighters were getting at. The band just sent out a press release saying:
"Having received confirmed press reports that John McCain has been using Foo Fighters' 'My Hero' as the latest in a number of unauthorized theme songs at his campaign rallies without seeking permission from the band, its management, record label or publisher, Foo Fighters have issued the following statement: This isn't the first time the McCain campaign has used a song without making any attempt to get approval or permission from the artist. It's frustrating and infuriating that someone who claims to speak for the American people would repeatedly show such little respect for creativity and intellectual property. The saddest thing about this is that 'My Hero' was written as a celebration of the common man and his extraordinary potential. To have it appropriated without our knowledge and used in a manner that perverts the original sentiment of the lyric just tarnishes the song. We hope that the McCain campaign will do the right thing and stop using our song--and start asking artists' permission in general!"
The Foo Fighters join John Mellencamp, Heart and Jackson Browne in asking the McCain campaign not to use their songs.
In other political music news, Sam Moore has asked the Barack Obama campaign not to use "Soul Man" (when were they using that?) -- a song he didn't even write!