Foo Fighters slam John McCain for perverting My Hero in campaign theme

October 9th, 2008 - 3:03 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Oct 9 (ANI): US Republican presidential candidate John McCain has once again earned himself the ire of musicians, and this time it is the Foo Fighters who have slammed him for the unauthorised use of their song.

McCain has been using their 1997 track My Hero as a theme song for his campaign, and the musicians are furious at his apparent disrespect for intellectual property.

What infuriates them further is that McCains use of the song perverts the original sentiment of the lyric, and they have expressed their feelings in a statement.

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, the Daily Telegraph quoted the bands publicist as saying in a statement.

Its frustrating and infuriating that someone who claims to speak for the American people would repeatedly show such little respect for creativity and intellectual property.

The saddest thing about this is that My Hero was written as a celebration of the common man and his extraordinary potential.

To have it 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, the statement said.

This is not the first time that a group of musicians has expressed their anger at McCains actions, for, in late August, Van Halen lashed out at the McCain campaign after it used their track Right Now.

About a week later, Heart objected to the campaign’’s use of their song Barracuda. (ANI)

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