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Band tells Gingrich to stop using 'How Do You Like Me Now?'

RollingStone.com

Newt Gingrich has been ordered to stop using the song "How You Like Me Now?" on the campaign trail. The GOP presidential hopeful was served a cease and desist notice from Third Side Music, the Montreal-based publishing company that owns the rights to the song.

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Gingrich used the swaggering 2009 hit from the British band the Heavy at a campaign rally in Tampa last week as he tried to hold onto the momentum from his South Carolina primary win.

The Heavy posted a message about the campaign's use of the song on their Facebook page: "If you heard 'How You Like Me Now' being used by Republican, Newt Gingrich, in his campaign, we'd like you to know it had [nothing] to do with us and we are trying to stop it being used."

Tussling over the use of pop songs has become a common feature in political campaigns of recent years. Last June, Tom Petty's management team sent a cease and desist letter to Michele Bachmann to prevent her from using "American Girl" in campaign appearances. That same week, Katrina and the Waves also ordered Bachmann to stop using "Walking on Sunshine."

Jeff Waye of Third Side Music told Canada's Global News that he was surprised to hear that Gingrich was playing "How You Like Me Now?"

"Neither us, nor the band have particularly approved the usage of it," he said.

Also on RollingStone.com:
Tom Petty to Michele Bachmann: Quit Playing 'American Girl'
Katrina and the Waves Join Tom Petty's Fight Against Michele Bachmann
Michele Bachmann Defies Tom Petty's Cease and Desist 
 

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195Comments
Jan 29, 2012 6:59AM
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Really Mr. Russom,

 

There is really no double standard, did it occur to you that the artists in question may have basic philisophical differences with the politicians in question and really not want to see their work associated with them on any level?  Maybe the Republicans should just stick with the likes of Hank Williams Jr and Ted Nugent, after all these two artist have shown unwavering support for the far-right philosophy.

Jan 29, 2012 6:56AM
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Sorry to burst anyones bubble but it's also evident that Adam L & Maroon 5 don't need a crooked politician to promote their music. If anyone is offended by Adam's decision, don't vote for him.
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Richard B.

 

Do you have any idea how absolutely accurate your first line is!

 

If Republicans did anything right for the middle class that could change though.

 

As a Democrat we can only how Newt gets the nomination!

Jan 29, 2012 6:52AM
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@Richard...do ya' think the Dems might ask permission to use a song, and the Repubs do whatever they want?    Just another day in the world of republican't oligarchy.
Jan 29, 2012 6:50AM
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"typical name calling liberal responses"?  Instead of slinging insults, for a change why don't you question the millionaire candidates that say they know how the average american feels to be worried about money but yet they make millions every year and are part of the 1% that pay little or no tax.. Or the guy that tries to impeach a president for infidelity at the same time he was doing the same thing or getting thrown out of Congress for ethics violations.
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