The GOP is in some serious hot water today … with the ladies from Heart. Ann and Nancy Wilson were just sitting at home on Wednesday night trying to watch the Republican convention when they heard their song “Barracuda” playing while Sarah Palin (nickamed Sarah Barracuda in high school) was introduced. On the one hand, it all seems harmless enough, and besides, you can pretty much guarantee that when you say “Heart” to John McCain he starts to fear for his own, he’s not thinking of 70’s rock. But in a statement released on Thursday, the Wilsons made the GOP try to understand, (try to understand, try try try to understand) where they’re coming from: “The Republican campaign did not ask for permission to use the song, nor would they have been granted that permission. We have asked the Republican campaign publicly not to use our music. We hope our wishes will be honored.”
Yet, last night after John McCain spoke, the song was played yet again, resulting in a follow up statement, this time a bit more angry (hence Nancy Wilson telling EW: “I feel completely fucked over.”) This time, the statement reads:
“Sarah Palin’s views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women. We ask that our song ‘Barracuda’ no longer be used to promote her image. The song ‘Barracuda’ was written in the late 70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women. (The ‘barracuda’ represented the business.) While Heart did not and would not authorize the use of their song at the RNC, there’s irony in Republican strategists’ choice to make use of it there.”
Republicans seem to have a history of misinterpreting song lyrics — back in the 1980s, Ronald Reagan often used Bruce Springsteen‘s song “Born in the U.S.A.” at events despite the song’s lyrics being about the harsh effects of Vietnam on young Americans.
We suggest the GOP assign someone from its party to start reading album liner notes.