Saturday, February 16, 2008

The limits of campaign theme music

Members of the band Boston are hopping mad that Huckabee is using "More than a Feeling" at rallies. Tom Scholz, the band's main songwriter, is particularly het up:
"Boston has never endorsed a political candidate, and with all due respect, would not start by endorsing a candidate who is the polar opposite of most everything Boston stands for," wrote Scholz, adding that he is supporting Democratic Sen. Barack Obama. "By using my song, and my band's name Boston, you have taken something of mine and used it to promote ideas to which I am opposed. In other words, I think I've been ripped off, dude!"
This is all uncovering some interesting intra-Boston rifts, since Barry Goudreau, who left the band 25 years ago, has been doing appearances with Huckabee.

If memory serves, Neil Diamond sent a similar letter to Mike Dukakis for the latter's use of "America" at campaign rallies.

There shouldn't be such discord. It's supposed to be about the music, man!

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