Memo to politicians and political dilettantes: Seriously, think before you use a popular song without the artist’s blessing at a rally or event or ever. For at least the third time this year, a rock act is bristling over a GOP White House hopeful’s choice of soundtrack, and this time the musician is threatening to threaten.
Jim Peterik of the ’80s band Survivor, who co-wrote its signature hit “Eye Of The Tiger,” tweeted his distaste with the song being played at Tuesday’s rally for recently freed Kentucky clerk Kim Davis that was organized by serial presidential wannabe Mike Huckabee:
Survivor co-founder Frankie Sullivan, who co-wrote the 1982 smash featured in Rocky III, likely was peeved at its perceived misuse by the woman who was jailed for contempt after refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. “I would not grant her the rights to use Charmin!” he wrote on Facebook.
Fun fact: Sullivan in 2000 filed a trademark-infringement suit against CBS over the title of a then-new little reality competition series titled Survivor. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals tossed it out in 2004. Well, at least there’s the thrill of the fight…
The “Eye Of The Tiger” tussle reminds of Neil Young calling out Donald Trump for using his “Rockin’ In The Free World” when the real estate mogul announced his bid for the White House in June. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s publicist issued a statement that read in part, “Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States Of America.” In January, Boston rockers Dropkick Murphys took a kick at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for playing politics with their music. The band tweeted, without subtlety: