It seems musicians are more political than you might think.
When Republican presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann left the stage in Waterloo, Iowa, after making a nationally televised speech, Tom Petty’s manager called her campaign staff and asked them not to use Petty’s 1977 song “American Girl” again.
Interestingly, Petty allowed Hillary Clinton, a democrat, to use “American Girl” during her 2008 campaign and asked republican George W. Bush not to use his song “I Won’t Back Down” in 2000.
But it doesn’t end there.
The Foo Fighters and John Mellencamp both asked John McCain to stop playing their music during rallies in 2008, and the band Heart asked the campaign not to play their song “Barracuda” when Sarah Palin joined McCain on stage.
However, Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde did allow Rush Limbagh to use the beginning of her song “My City Was Gone” for his radio show after he donated $100,000 to PETA.
So music in the end may be more politcal than you think…