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Katrina & the Waves join Tom Petty's fight against Michele Bachmann

By Andy Greene
Rollingstone.com

Katrina & the Waves, whose 1985 song "Walking on Sunshine" was played by Michele Bachmann at a South Carolina campaign rally on Tuesday, have issued a statement on their website: "Katrina & The Waves would like it to be known that they do not endorse the use of 'Walking On Sunshine' by Michele Bachmann and have instructed their lawyers accordingly."

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Rolling Stone received a statement from Katrina Leskanich, former lead singer of Katrina & the Waves: "As the singer of 'Walking on Sunshine' I don't endorse its use by Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign. I've performed 'Walking on Sunshine' for so many years in so many different countries that it's become the one constant in my life and the one thing I can count on to bring happiness to myself and others. The song is used in commercials and movies as a vehicle for a feel good moment or empowerment but if I disagree with the policies, opinions or platforms for its use, I've no choice but to try and defend the song and prevent its misuse. Music can be both powerful and moving and sometimes even a little dangerous."

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The group is the second musical act this week to object to the Minnesota congresswoman's usage of their music. Tom Petty sent the Bachmann campaign a cease and desist letter after she used his song "American Girl" at her campaign kickoff in Iowa on Monday. At a rally the following day, she played 29 seconds of "American Girl" before "Walking on Sunshine" kicked in. Looks like she'll have to find a third song now. Any suggestions?

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Jul 2, 2011 6:09PM
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For those who don't seem to understand the reason why Petty or other musicians don't want their music played by the politicians.

 

Democratic musicians don't want their music used by Republicans that they do not support.

Republican musicians don't want their music used by Deomocrats that they do not support.

And in some cases some musicians do not want their music used by any political affiliate.

 

It is that simple.  For those who do not understand this simple explanation, let me put it in clearer form.

 

If something you created or wrote was being used and affiliated with the KKK, Hitler, Castro or someone you did not support, would you be happy about it?  Would you want the public thinking that you agreed with their poiltics?

 

That is what this is about.................

NOT WANTING TO BE AFFILIATED WITH ANOTHER. 

Are you truly that ignorant?

Jul 2, 2011 1:06PM
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rramerican
Great to be an American isn't it?  "Let's all take our balls and go home.  You can't use our song cause you're not like us!"
Yeah, I agree.  I guess this is what they mean by tolerance.  They will tolerate you as long as you conform to their agenda. 

Jul 2, 2011 10:29AM
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I think that it is ironic that the musicians that are complaining are musicians that have not been in the public eye for many years. It is typical that when a certain actor, political factor and musician have not been in the public eye for years will all of the sudden come out of their hiding place and make a comment to regain their 15 minutes of fame.

They haven't been in the public eye because they are living their lives after working so hard and touring for many years.  It's called retirement and going about their business with family and friends.  As for coming out and trying to gain 15 minutes of fame?  Hardly.  These particular artists have spent a great deal of time and effort keeping out of the headlines and the rag papers in order to have a quiet life.  They have remained behind closed doors doing projects, being with family, traveling and helping with charities.   I doubt that Petty needs 15 minutes of fame.

 

They were forced back out into the public eye because they do not want to be affiliated with a tard via their music.  And if you want to get techincal, it was their managers and public relations firms that contacted Backmanns Office.

 

 

Jul 2, 2011 6:38AM
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I think that it is ironic that the musicians that are complaining are musicians that have not been in the public eye for many years. It is typical that when a certain actor, political factor and musician have not been in the public eye for years will all of the sudden come out of their hiding place and make a comment to regain their 15 minutes of fame. Granted maybe Michelle Bachman should have gained permission; but having said that it is true that many actors and musicians are democrats and will only "give permission" to their respective arts when it serves their purpose.
Jul 1, 2011 1:41PM
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I am very happy to see Tom Petty defending his All American Songs. I grew up on these songs, and Michelle Bachman, is definately not to use American Girl. No American Girl takes up 36 foster kids. She's a welfare queen siphoning money like the judges who are just as corrupted as she is. When you see legislators running for president, that is a no no, they can't take care of this country under legislation, they'll make for a horrible president.
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