Foo Fighters complain about use of ‘My Hero’ by McCain campaign

Foo Fighters complain about use of ‘My Hero’ by McCain campaign

The ‘Foo Fighters’ rock band is complaining about Republican John McCain’s use of their song, ‘My Hero’, to promote his presidential campaign. ‘My Hero’ is a track from the Foo Fighters’ 1997 album, ‘The Color and the Shape.’

In a statement, the rockers said: “The saddest thing about this is that ‘My Hero’ was written as a celebration of the common man and his extraordinary potential. To have it appropriated without our knowledge and used in a manner that perverts the original sentiment of the lyric just tarnishes the song.”

The band said that through news reports they have learned that the song was being used by the McCain campaign, and they have sent a notification to the campaign to discontinue it. The band also added: “We hope that the McCain campaign will do the right thing and stop using our song and start asking artists’ permission in general!”

Reacting to the complaint, McCain-Palin spokesman, Brian Rogers, said: “The McCain-Palin campaign respects copyright. Accordingly, this campaign has obtained and paid for licenses from performing rights organizations, giving us permission to play millions of different songs, including ‘My Hero’.”

According to ABC News, Foo Fighters is the latest band act to ask the McCain-Palin campaign to stop using its music. Earlier, there have been complaints from Heart, Van Halen, John Mellencamp and Jackson Browne, who too have asked for the campaign to turn off their tunes. Browne has even filed a lawsuit.

Even the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate, Barack Obama, has been asked by Soul legend, Sam Moore, to stop using the song ‘Soul Man’.