Friday, February 15, 2008

Guess oldies and Republicans don't mix

In 1996, Sam Moore, of Sam and Dave fame, came out in support of Bob Dole, performing "Dole Man," a rewrite of "Soul Man." Trouble is, Moore didn't write the song. Isaac Hayes and Dave Porter did, and they put a stop to "Dole Man."

Eight years later, John Hall of the band Orleans flipped when he heard Bush and Cheney were using "Still the One" a campaign theme. Today, Hall is a Democratic congressman (and I actually donated to his campaign).

Now Tom Scholz of the band Boston is miffed that "More than a Feeling" has become Mike Huckabee's anthem. But it gets weirder. Former Boston memeber Barry Goudreau has been performing the song with Huckabee at campaign stops. Only Scholz wrote the song, not Goudrea. And Scholz does not heart Huckabee.

"Boston has never endorsed a political candidate, and with all due respect, would not start by endorsing a candidate who is the polar opposite of most everything Boston stands for," wrote Scholz, adding that he is supporting Democratic Sen. Barack Obama. "By using my song, and my band's name Boston, you have taken something of mine and used it to promote ideas to which I am opposed. In other words, I think I've been ripped off, dude!"

Guess the Republicans are gonna have to stick with country music. Except for Merle Haggard. He's a Hillary supporter.

Meanwhile, who do you think will be the first '70s AOR rocker to make a run for public office?