“Eye of the Tiger” Band Sends Cease and Desist to Kim Davis

10 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Eye of the Tiger’ abducted by politicians.

It looked like some fever dream of American evangelicalism: Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail rather than issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, onstage at a rally held in her honor on Tuesday, arms held aloft, holding hands with the Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, on her right, and her lawyer, on her left.I joke around a lot in this space, but today I’d like to address a serious topic that most Americans refuse to face: the abduction of classic rock songs by conservative politicians. For too long we have stood silent and allowed innocent music to be kidnapped, knowing full well that these rock anthems would be forced to stand up for something antithetical to their own beliefs and then carelessly tossed aside. It happened in June when Donald Trump announced his presidential run, escalatoring down into a room of supporters while Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” — which criticizes Republican President George H.W.

And through the loudspeakers came the nineteen-eighties rock anthem “Eye of the Tiger.” It’s clear why the rally’s organizers thought “Eye of the Tiger,” which became a No. 1 hit for Survivor in 1982, after appearing on the “Rocky III” soundtrack, would provide a suitable intro for the event’s main attraction. A company owned by Frank Sullivan — the singer of Survivor and co-writer of the tune — sued the former Speaker of the House in 2012 over his use of the song in his failed presidential campaign. Alternative rockers Silversun Pickups sent the former governor of Massachusetts a cease and desist order over “Panic Switch,” while rapper K’Naan threatened legal action for the usage of “Wavin’ Flag.” “Paul Ryan’s love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing,” he said. “Because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades.” Trump used “You’re the Best,” the famous song from “The Karate Kid” at an Aug. 11 rally in Detroit. Regardless, the song seemed to fit the mood. “I just want to give God the glory,” Davis told the crowd. “His people have rallied, and you are a strong people.” Not all of His people were rallied, however. She told the Daily News on Tuesday: ““He is opposite of everything I stand for, so I’m not happy that it’s promoting someone who treats people the way he treats people.” Singer Cyndi Lauper objected to Obama using “True Colors” during an anti-Romney commercial.

As she took to the stage before hundreds of supporters — many waving large, white crosses — the song “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor played through loudspeakers. Romney can discredit himself without the use of my work.” Of course, the original musician-politician beef was between Bruce Springsteen and Ronald Reagan when the Republican used the Boss’ 1984 hit, “Born in the U.S.A.” Springsteen became an outspoken critic of Reagan after the President name-dropped Bruce in a stump speech, which led Springsteen to become one of the more politically associated musicians of his generation. Rand Paul in 2010; “Barracuda” by Heart, taken against its will by the McCain-Palin campaign in 2008; and Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down,” held captive briefly by George W.

Meanwhile, it commands you to do or not do a lot of things: don’t trade your passion for glory, don’t give up on the dreams of the past, do fight to keep them alive. Fortunately, most songs recover from their political captivity, unlike those that are sold for commercial use. (Let’s take a moment of silence to remember the atrocities the California Raisins committed against the Motown classic, “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” a song forever ruined.) But music has a right to live free and shouldn’t have to worry about falling into the clutches of strange politicians or controversial political causes. In 2012, he sued Republican Newt Gingrich after the song was used repeatedly at Gingrich campaign events. “Newt Gingrich was using it, so we had to deal with him,” Sullivan said. “It was easy.

Maybe an elected county official who can’t be bothered to follow the law, do her job, or respect the basic dignity of her fellow-citizens is actually a civil-rights hero. That’s why you have licenses and you get to grant permission.” Sullivan, who was born here and now lives in the Chicago area, summed it up this way: “You have to look at these songs and say, ‘You know, these people that write these songs, this is like their babies, they create them.’ ” He continued: “It’s only rock ‘n’ roll.

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