It appears that Republicans are taking some heat from the band Heart for their use of “Barricuda” at the Republican Convention. The song was played after Sarah “Barricuda” Palin was finished speaking.
The GOP allegedly did not get the proper permission to use the song from the rights owners.
If I were the GOP, I would certainly apply the “better to ask for forgiveness rather than permission” approach to this. I mean, what kind of library of music would they have to draw from if they sought permission. Is there a conservative musician anywhere in the world? Of course they don’t have permission.
If you’re in the GOP, and you want to associate yourself with a specific song that represents some politician or Republican cause, the only way you’re going to get to use that song is to play it, and deal with the consequences later.
That’s why I continue to think there’s a huge opportunity for some band to become an alternative/indie conservative band. They’d become the in-house library for the GOP and its members would buy all the CDs (because they’re probably not using the Internet for downloading music).