The union of politics and music has a long history. It works on a multiple levels too. Associating a campaign with a popular song is the equivalent of having a good jingle for a product, and it helps to get the crowds going. For example, Jimmie Davis performing his hit, "
You Are My Sunshine
," at campaign stops is thought to have been significant in him becoming governor of Louisiana, and President Bill Clinton had memorable moments of playing the saxophone
and is so identified with Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop
" it's almost his personal theme song.
However, there has also been a long history of politicians pissing off musicians by misinterpreting their lyrics, and using music without permission. Such was the case this weekend, when the Dropkick Murphys let it be known they did not appreciate Wisconsin governor Scott Walker using their cover of the Woody Guthrie song, "I’m Shipping Up To Boston," as his entrance music at the Iowa Freedom Summit. The members of the Dropkick Murphys are very pro-union and have been asking Wisconsin Republicans to stop using their music for years. In 2012, Wisconsin State Rep. and Speaker of the State Assembly Jeff Fitzgerald used "I'm Shipping Up To Boston" at the Wisconsin GOP convention while campaigning for a U.S. Senate nomination. The band then posted this message on Facebook:
The stupidity and irony of this is laughable. A Wisconsin Republican U.S. Senate candidate - and crony of anti-Union Governor Scott Walker - using a Dropkick Murphys song as an intro is like a white supremacist coming out to gangsta rap! ... We stand beside our Union and Labor brothers and sisters and their families in Wisconsin and all over the U.S!
So what are some of the more memorable incidents of unhappy intersections of politics and music? Follow beneath the fold for more.
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