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Republicans Lack Heart!

9/5/2008 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ann and Nancy Wilson are pissed at the Republican Party and have fired off a cease and desist letter to the McCain/Palin campaign.

Specifically, the Heart women are upset that the GOP has used their classic "Barracuda" as a theme song for Sarah Palin. TMZ obtained a statement from Heart's rep, who says "The Republican campaign did not ask for permission to use the song, nor would they have been granted that permission."

The statement goes on: "We have asked the Republican campaign publicly not to use our music. We hope our wishes will be honored."

We're told Ann was watching TV today and heard the song at the convention when Palin was touted.

UPDATE
: Twenty minutes after we posted this story, the GOP ended the evening after McCain's speech with the song, "Barracuda."

Stay tuned.

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91.

Jack Marshall    

Sara, you fool, I'm an attorney, but you don't have to be one to understand that the GOP pays an agency that ISN'T Heart to use the song BEFORE it is played, and Heart can't pull the rights after it has been paid for them. Get it? Sure, Heart may own the song (or may not; they may have sold the rights), but THEY DON'T PERSONALLY APPROVE EVERY USE OF IT IN ADVANCE!. What other things that you don't vaguely comprehend would you like to rant about?

2154 days ago
92.

Rhonda    

I've posted this before, if these performers want to play politics with music, then please place a D or R on your cd's movies and concert's. Let people decide if they want to buy the product or not let these people put their money where their mouth is. Put across you cd or movie-------for democrats only. Besides when was the last time you heard any of these people on the radio-----Jackson Brown or Van Halen or Heart. Have to admit, I got out my old Heart cd's, these people always have to ruin a good thing. Just shut up--maybe someone will actually want to listen to you again.

2154 days ago
93.

FlBiker    

I'm just bitter 'cause my herpes has flared up again.

2154 days ago
94.

Amanda    

The music is not being used in a commercial or anything, just at the convention & at rallies. The band has absolutely no copyright claims here.

BTW, at least Brooks & Dunn, who are Republicans and even played the very song live at the GOP convention in 2004, didn't throw a hissy fit when Obama used their song "Only In America" at his rally. They just said they were flattered that it was used by both parites and that it appealed to many Americans. So much classier than Heart...

2154 days ago
95.

Bea    

All the rude comments from McCain-Palin supporters just go to prove that the GOP is the party of HATE and DIVISION. McCain dishonors his service and that of other hundreds of POWs by making it into fodder for his raw ambition,. Sarah Palin the most vile political speech as I have ever seen. I can't believe ANYONE would want to be associated with the mean-spirited display of pure selfishness and nasty spitefulness that was the GOP convention.

2154 days ago
96.

John Galt    

TYPICAL FASCIST LIBERALS. JUST LIKE THOSE EVIL CODE PINK HACKS. THEY HATE AND DESPISE ANYONE WHO CHOOSES NOT TO BE BRAINWASHED BY THE LIBERAL MACHINE!!!!!!!!!!

2154 days ago
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2154 days ago
98.

Tiger's Help Sucks Too    

Only a dumbass wouldn't know who Heart is. They're MUSICIANS, ignorant jerkoffs.
I'll bet you dumb bastards and ignorant sluts all think Jimmy Dean is a sausage, too.

2154 days ago
99.

SanePerson    

I'm curious, is it a gray area? TV shows do need specific to licenses to broadcast music, live events may be different, and televised live events probably pose their own interesting conundrums ... I'd be interested to hear someone who isn't just spewing their bile.

Then again, Republicans like to believe that laws don't apply to them:
Rove
Meiers
Libby
Cheney
Bush
Gonzales
Wolfowitz
and the list goes on and on

2154 days ago
100.

Tiger's Help Sucks Too    

P.S.....McCain and his he-she VP are LOSERS. Take out your hankies, bitches, and prepare to cry crocodile tears next election day!

2154 days ago
101.

Susan from WI    

I wish entertainment sites would stick to non political information. 1/2 of the US is red and 1/2 is blue. Let's play nice and stop complaining about each other.

2154 days ago
102.

john worfin    

Just a shame The Republicans couldn't get some Zeppelin in there or sabbath or The Who. Ghey soft rock could cost us the election people!

2154 days ago
103.

FlBiker    

Sadly, The Republican convention clearly has overshadowed the Democratic convention. The Black & The Hack are no match for Maverick & Snatch.

2154 days ago
104.

mess-iah sara is nothing but a used TAMPON    

Good for them they don't reppresent the right wing nut's of this country, and they didn't write there song for that Republic**T

2154 days ago
105.

samanthasmom    

Chill... Wilson sisters. Gretchen sings that song better than you do now anyway !!!!

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