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October 08, 2008

Foo Fighters call out McCain

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Can't John McCain just stick to Daddy Yankee as the soundtrack for his tub-thumping? We hear the reggaeton king is a big supporter.

The Republican candidate has courted trouble once again by using "My Hero," from six-time Grammy-winning rock band, Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl and the gang are not amused, as you can see from this statement:

"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."

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The McCain camp's musical choices have already caused a stir (John Mellencamp and Heart issued curt cease-and-desists), and one lawsuit (from Jackson Browne, pictured at right). This weekend, country crooner Gretchen Peters jumped into the fray after realizing that "Independence Day," a Martina McBride song she wrote, ushered Sarah Palin to the stage after the recent debate with Joe Biden.

Note to lyrically challenged song choosers: this one's about domestic abuse. Said Peters in a statement:

"The fact that the McCain-Palin campaign is using a song about an abused woman as a rallying cry for their vice presidential candidate, a woman who would ban abortion, even in cases of rape and incest, is beyond irony. They are co-opting the song, completely overlooking the context and message, and using it to promote a candidate who would set women's rights back decades."

McBride won the Country Music Association award for best music video for "Independence Day" in '94, the year it was released.

Peters has said she will donate all royalties from the song during the election year to Planned Parenthood. In Palin's name, no less.

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