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2012-01-04 02:19:07 PM  
People in the entertainment industry tend to lean liberal.

Artists generally don't like having their work used in advertisements without it being licensed and paid for, or at least granted permission.

What exactly is the news story here?
 
2012-01-04 02:21:03 PM  

Ringshadow: I HATE YOU. I hate you so hard. Goddamn I heard that song ONCE and I had it stuck in my head for a week straight!

/let's have a party let's have a partyyyyy


It's always the worst of songs that stick in your head the hardest.
 
2012-01-04 02:21:54 PM  

Shaggy_C: "Musicians are part of the entertainment industry which is mostly anti-Republican. So lefty performers hate having conservatives use their music,"..."Imagine if a liberal tried to use Toby Keith's 'Courtesy Of The Red, White, And Blue.' Keith and his fans would rightly be upset. But that never happens since liberals don't like images of the flag."


lol...Awesome.


I love my flag. Why? Because this is my country, and like any loved one you take the good with the bad but ultimately support it. Thing is, I really, REALLY hate the flag being used as a cheap emotional short cut in lieu of factual argument. I farking despise that - and it's what the GOP does to engender support.

So fark them. Hard. Without the benefit of lube or even dinner at a casual chain restaurant.

When I watch sports (I'm a raging football fan), I do get choked up at the anthem. See, our national symbols and pride are not the sole property of the GOP as these charlatan twats have led us to believe. So yeah, FOX, I don't like jingoistic flag imagery. But I do love my country.

/flag-loving libtard homo-sympathizing guy who never liked Iraq and occasionally uses drugs
//waving the flag right now
///it's my country, too, motherf*ckers
 
2012-01-04 02:21:58 PM  
First off, Toby Keith is a Democrat-leaning independent, from a long line of Democrats in his family. I actually respect that dude. He didn't like the Dixie Chicks bad mouthing the president in a foreign country and said so. But he didn't support George W Bush.

As for Fox's idiotic article:

On the other hand, Bill Clinton used Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" in his successful 1992 presidential bid, Democratic Sen. John F. Kerry played Springsteen's "No Surrender" in his 2004 campaign, in 2008 Sen. Barack Obama revived Springsteen's "The Rising," and that same year fellow Democrat John Edwards used Mellancamp's "Our Country." All of these came and went without objection from the artists.

See what they did there? They didn't mention whether the Dems sought approval for the use of the artist.
 
2012-01-04 02:22:01 PM  
Kid Rock anally raped both Werewolves of London AND Sweet Home Alabama, IN THE SAME MOTHERFARKING SONG.

He should be poisoned, stabbed, shot, hung, stretched, disemboweled, and drawn and quartered.
 
2012-01-04 02:22:08 PM  

Jake Havechek: Nobody has used the Horst Wessel Song yet.


You know who sails on the Horst Wessel? US Coast Guard Cadets, that's who.
 
2012-01-04 02:22:28 PM  
I heard "Send in the Clowns" was available. They could use that, it's available and appropriate.
 
2012-01-04 02:22:29 PM  
Haha, subby called Kid Rock a musician!
 
2012-01-04 02:23:16 PM  

Jake Havechek: The Battle Hymn of Sarah Palin (new window)


That there is a beauty thing. And there's a follow up video.
 
2012-01-04 02:23:22 PM  

1morerun: SOPA is going before congress in a few weeks, and GOP candidates are at this moment expressing butthurt about songwriters and artists not being happy with politicians using their songs on a whim and without rights or permissions to campaign on? I'm sure there's a word for that feel, I just haven't found it yet.


My first guess would be "chutzpah," but I could also see this being one more symptom in a catastrophically long line of total cognitive disconnects.
 
2012-01-04 02:24:32 PM  
Dan Gainor sounds like a dick.
 
2012-01-04 02:24:35 PM  
I really fail to see what's so hard to understand here. Many musicial artists are liberal leaning and farking hate conservative republican bullshiat, so they don't want to help any of them get elected. Pretty simple formula if you ask me.
 
2012-01-04 02:24:39 PM  

king_nacho: Considering Toby Keith endorsed Obama in 2008, I don't think he would have been too upset about it.


God these people are stupid. One quick check would have kept someone from looking stupd... but that's NOT the Republican way.
 
2012-01-04 02:24:41 PM  
It's just that "conservatives" are not creative or funny. But you do have the market cornered on being pieces of shiat and terrified so that's something.
 
2012-01-04 02:25:00 PM  

king_nacho: iStig: FTFA:

"Imagine if a liberal tried to use Toby Keith's 'Courtesy Of The Red, White, And Blue.' Keith and his fans would rightly be upset. But that never happens since liberals don't like images of the flag."

This sounds like a totally rational article. I love you, Fox.

Considering Toby Keith endorsed Obama in 2008, I don't think he would have been too upset about it.


I'm positive that Fox will add an in-line update to this effect with an apology shortly. I'll just hold my breath.
 
2012-01-04 02:25:17 PM  

Doc Daneeka: People in the entertainment industry tend to lean liberal.

Artists generally don't like having their work used in advertisements without it being licensed and paid for, or at least granted permission.

What exactly is the news story here?


"Fox News" butthurt on behalf of GOP, plays victim card.

No, wait, that's not "news." That's "standard operating procedure."
 
2012-01-04 02:25:31 PM  

culebra: I heard "Send in the Clowns" was available. They could use that, it's available and appropriate.


I thought the theme music to this Republican primary season was Yakety Sax.

That's what I've been hearing in my head when watching it, anyway.
 
2012-01-04 02:26:08 PM  
I demand an investigation into why we allow musicians to decide who can use their music.
 
2012-01-04 02:26:24 PM  
It wasn't too long ago that rock and roll was the "Devil's music" to conservatives.
 
2012-01-04 02:26:27 PM  
I'm sure Benny Hill would license "Yakkity Sax" to any Republican who asked.
 
2012-01-04 02:27:05 PM  

Doc Daneeka: People in the entertainment industry tend to lean liberal.

Artists generally don't like having their work used in advertisements without it being licensed and paid for, or at least granted permission.

What exactly is the news story here?


It's not news, it's Fox.com
 
2012-01-04 02:27:27 PM  
FTFA: After Romney chose his song, Rock wrote on his blog..."I have to have a little faith that every candidate feels like he or she can help this country."

I can't decide if he's trolling or hopelessly naive.
 
2012-01-04 02:27:39 PM  

xrayspx: king_nacho: iStig: FTFA:

"Imagine if a liberal tried to use Toby Keith's 'Courtesy Of The Red, White, And Blue.' Keith and his fans would rightly be upset. But that never happens since liberals don't like images of the flag."

This sounds like a totally rational article. I love you, Fox.

Considering Toby Keith endorsed Obama in 2008, I don't think he would have been too upset about it.

I'm positive that Fox will add an in-line update to this effect with an apology shortly. I'll just hold my breath.


I don't think news outlets make a policy of apologizing for the inaccuracy of quotes by other people
 
2012-01-04 02:27:43 PM  

dletter: Mostly it is because when GOP candidates use songs, they don't even pay attention to the lyrics which contradict what they are trying to say.

/"Born in the USA"


Best anti-illegal-immigrant song ever.
 
2012-01-04 02:28:41 PM  
When did FoxNews start thinking that politicians can just appropriate peoples' property whether they like it or not?

Also, best campaign song IMHO was (Ain't No) Fortunate Son, for Johnny McCain.
 
2012-01-04 02:28:48 PM  

johnnieconnie: Haha, subby called Kid Rock a musician!


I like the photo caption.

This is a meaningless fluff piece. Even the main interviewee in the article think so.
 
2012-01-04 02:28:49 PM  

theorellior: I'm sure Benny Hill would license "Yakkity Sax" to any Republican who asked.


Bullshiat. He's been voting Democrat since 1992.
 
2012-01-04 02:30:01 PM  
I'm pretty sure Jello Biafra would let them use "Kill the Poor".
 
2012-01-04 02:30:11 PM  

Doc Daneeka: I thought the theme music to this Republican primary season was Yakety Sax.


DAMMIT!
 
2012-01-04 02:30:14 PM  

Crabs_Can_Polevault: 1morerun: SOPA is going before congress in a few weeks, and GOP candidates are at this moment expressing butthurt about songwriters and artists not being happy with politicians using their songs on a whim and without rights or permissions to campaign on? I'm sure there's a word for that feel, I just haven't found it yet.

My first guess would be "chutzpah," but I could also see this being one more symptom in a catastrophically long line of total cognitive disconnects.


Hoot-spa? (new window)
 
2012-01-04 02:31:11 PM  

Doc Daneeka: culebra: I heard "Send in the Clowns" was available. They could use that, it's available and appropriate.

I thought the theme music to this Republican primary season was Yakety Sax.

That's what I've been hearing in my head when watching it, anyway.


"Entry Of The Gladiators" - Julius Fucik
 
2012-01-04 02:31:27 PM  
I once heard Catholics selling indulgences used to drive around in wagons and burn dogs and cats alive. They would tell the frightened faithful that the screams of these animals were the same as the poor souls that burned in eternal Hell fire. Apparently, this was effective in soliciting a fear response that assured cash 'donations' to ensure all sins were forgiven in exchange for money. (Indulgences)
I think the tortured, frightened howls and screams of flaming animals would be appropriate for today's 'modern' GOP.

Don't stop thinkin' about tomorrow.

maximsmadness.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-01-04 02:31:53 PM  

gittlebass: and they complain about people getting handouts yet want music for free


liberal recording artists just looking for handouts from all-american campaigns.

If they were true americans, they wouldn't need the handout from candidates.
 
2012-01-04 02:32:14 PM  
I'm sure Ted Nugent will be happy to take their royalty checks.

I love how they answered their own asinine question right in the first paragraph:

Headline: Music - Do Musicians Block GOP Candidates From Using Their Songs?

First Paragraph: "...But instead of doing what countless other politicians before him had done, simply take the song and start blasting it at events, Romney first asked Rock's permission."

It also helps if you actually understand the message of the song you're using without permission.
 
2012-01-04 02:32:15 PM  
I wonder if System Of a Down would give them permission to use BYOB as a campaign song.

/Why don't Presidents fight the war?
//Why do they always send the poor?
 
2012-01-04 02:32:21 PM  
People simply don't like republicans and don't want to be associated with them. It's not so hard to understand.
 
2012-01-04 02:32:37 PM  

dletter: Mostly it is because when GOP candidates use songs, they don't even pay attention to the lyrics which contradict what they are trying to say.

/"Born in the USA"


Exhibit B has to be "American Woman".

Every time I see it attached to some quasi-patriotic event I want to shout, "Have you listened to the farking lyrics, you idiots!?"
 
2012-01-04 02:33:21 PM  

Jclark666: FTFA: After Romney chose his song, Rock wrote on his blog..."I have to have a little faith that every candidate feels like he or she can help this country."

I can't decide if he's trolling or hopelessly naive.


No, I think he's right. It takes a large ego to be a politician, and a massive ego to run for president. Anyone with that large of an ego probably does think that they can save the country from whatever they perceive its problems to be.

Now, that may not be their most important reason for running. I would assume that naked ambition and lust for power would be the top reason. But they probably also believe that they can make the country better.
 
2012-01-04 02:33:29 PM  

1morerun: SOPA is going before congress in a few weeks, and GOP candidates are at this moment expressing butthurt about songwriters and artists not being happy with politicians using their songs on a whim and without rights or permissions to campaign on? I'm sure there's a word for that feel, I just haven't found it yet.


the only candidate whose "at this moment" actions are mentioned in TFA was Romney.
 
2012-01-04 02:33:32 PM  
Really??

Musicians don't want their music associated with insufferable douchebags?

I'm shocked!
 
2012-01-04 02:33:40 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: Republicans are so stupid. They want to use these songs with no sense of irony.

It's like Maggy Thatcher using "London Calling".

I'm waiting for Rick Perry to use "Bullet" by the Misfits for his campaign song.


Another case in point:
FTA:McCain settled out-of-court with Jackson Browne last year after the singer-songwriter sued McCain and the Ohio and national Republican committees, accusing them of using his song "Running on Empty" without his permission. [Underline added.]

Maybe I'm giving them too much credit but I hope for their sake McCain and the GOP were using "Running on Empty" to needle the Democrats. Otherwise, I can't think of a more inappropriate and dispiriting song to use at a rally.
 
2012-01-04 02:34:51 PM  
All I know is that Republicans are consistently stealing artists' work. Off the top of my head I can think of five high-profile incidents in the past decade, let alone Saint Raygun's infamously ironic use of "Born in the USA."

I mean, at least Clinton was cool enough to ASK Fleetwood Mac for permission.

Why does the GOP hate intellectual property?
 
2012-01-04 02:35:56 PM  
May be the Democrats ask permission to play the songs from democrats supporting musicians before using them on the campaign? How about this, may be GOP thought that if the songs contain a slight hint of patriotism in there, the musicians must be Republicans, and therefore support their cause?
 
2012-01-04 02:36:00 PM  

Ringshadow: funk_soul_bubby: Barricaded Gunman: I pity you for thinking of any Toby Keith song.

I LOVE YOU RED SOLO CUP

I HATE YOU. I hate you so hard. Goddamn I heard that song ONCE and I had it stuck in my head for a week straight!

/let's have a party let's have a partyyyyy


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2012-01-04 02:36:09 PM  

BarbadoSlim: Get music from your local Evangelical choir, douchebags. Why would you want music from elitist liberals anyway?


It's the same thing with these people and "Hollyweird."

"Why won't these Godless prevert communist Satanist pedophiles make movies my family can enjoy?!?"
 
2012-01-04 02:36:13 PM  

mitchcumstein1: Kid Rock anally raped both Werewolves of London AND Sweet Home Alabama, IN THE SAME MOTHERFARKING SONG.

He should be poisoned, stabbed, shot, hung, stretched, disemboweled, and drawn and quartered.


When I hear it start I think cool, Werewolves of London, then I realize it is KId Rock . I have access to horses and can tie decent knots.
 
2012-01-04 02:36:31 PM  

iStig: FTFA:

"Imagine if a liberal tried to use Toby Keith's 'Courtesy Of The Red, White, And Blue.' Keith and his fans would rightly be upset. But that never happens since liberals don't like images of the flag."

This sounds like a totally rational article. I love you, Fox.


Trollface.jpg

Problem, Libtards?
 
2012-01-04 02:36:41 PM  
Of course, I bet that in the vast majority of cases, the Democrats actually GOT permission to use the songs. TFA noticeably omits any such discussion, except to hit Obama about the one musical mistake he made in 2008.
 
2012-01-04 02:37:23 PM  
"Musicians are part of the entertainment industry which is mostly anti-Republican. So lefty performers hate having conservatives use their music," says Vice President of the Business & Media Institute and political commentator, Dan Gainor. "There's definitely a PR component to complaining about politicians using your music. If you have a hardcore lefty base of listeners and you bash Michele Bachmann, then you score points. Imagine if a liberal tried to use Toby Keith's 'Courtesy Of The Red, White, And Blue.' Keith and his fans would rightly be upset. But that never happens since liberals don't like images of the flag."

So Mr. Gainor, would it be copasetic if I I came over and draped a giant OBAMA/BIDEN 2012 banner on the front of your house?

No?

See, I thought Republicans were all about private property rights. I guess that's a core principle, until it doesn't suit the point you are trying to make at that given moment.

Just like everything else.
 
2012-01-04 02:37:46 PM  

MaxxLarge: This is pretty easy to pin down. As a general rule, musicians tend to be in favor of all the things Republicans must claim to be against in order to pander enough to their base to be electable. Primarily, these things are sex, drugs, and rock n' roll. Or, in more Republican campaign-friendly terms, "inappropriate relationships," "illegal controlled substances," and "depraved, artless, youth-corrupting noise."

So, when someone like, say, Rick "Sex Is For Heterosexual Procreation Only" Santorum, Newt "Federal War on Drugs" Gingrich, or Michele "The Roots are Sexist" Bachmann co-opts one of their songs? It's not too much of a leap to figure out why your average musician might take issue with an implied endorsement.


Came in here to say something similar. When you accuse half the population of not being "Real Americans" because they live by a different ethos than you, don't be surprised if people in that group who are musicians don't want you using their songs. There is a reason most musicians are anti-GOP, because the GOP has made it an election strategy mainstay to villify them and their beliefs.
 
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