Add the Foo Fighters to the growing list of musicians who have told the McCain campaign to stop using their songs. Apparently, the McCain campaign has been using the 1997 Foo Fighters hit “My Hero” at campaign events, but never sought permission from the artists.
The Guardian quotes the band’s leader, David Grohl:
“To have [‘My Hero”] 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.”
Grohl also noted, “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.” Indeed, Jackson Browne, Heart, Boston, and John Mellencamp have all told the McCain campaign to cease unauthorized use of their songs.
In a Progressive Pen exclusive, I was able to obtain a photo of one of McCain’s favorite bands, which has agreed to let the McCain campaign to use their songs: