Pop Rocks

Pop Rocks: Love Songs For [Presidential] Underdogs

Poor Michele Bachmann, first the John Wayne/John Wayne Gacy thing, now Tom Petty's piling on as well:

The inaugural music-related strike of the 2012 presidential race comes from Tom Petty, who issued a cease and desist letter to Michele Bachmann's campaign to get her to stop using Petty's 1977 hit "American Girl."

This isn't even the first time Petty has bristled at the idea that somebody from the right borrowed one of his tunes--he issued a similar letter in 2004 when George W. Bush used Petty's "I Won't Back Down" as one of his campaign themes (like Bachmann, Bush complied).

Ever since Bruce Springsteen took umbrage with Ronald Reagan's use of "Born in the U.S.A." during his re-election campaign in 1984, it has become something of a tradition for rock musicians (many of whom, you may have noticed, have views that tend to skew to the left) to publicly disassociate themselves from right-wing candidates who borrow their music.

This is a potential crisis situation for all 2012 candidates. Or would be, if I wasn't here to offer some suggestions for those Presidential hopefuls who might be struggling for an appropriate tune to galvanize their campaigns.

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Peter Vonder Haar writes movie reviews for the Houston Press and the occasional book. The first three novels in the "Clarke & Clarke Mysteries" - Lucky Town, Point Blank, and Empty Sky - are out now.
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