Rage against Ryan?
Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello recently had a few choice words for Mitt Romney's Vice Presidential pick, Paul Ryan. Ryan has listed Rage Against the machine as one of his favorite bands, but in an editorial for Rolling Stone, Morello slammed his self-proclaimed right wing fan, writing, "Paul Ryan's love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades."
"I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta 'rage' in him," Morello wrote. "A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he's not raging against is the privileged elite he's groveling in front of for campaign contributions."
Of course, Rage's rage against Ryan isn't the first time a politician fan has been rebuffed by a rock star. Remember these snubs?
Katrina and the Waves v. Michele Bachman
In 2011, 1980's new wave band Katrina and the Waves threatened legal action against Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann after she played their hit song "Walking On Sunshine" on her campaign trail. Lead singer Katrina Leskanich issued a statement to Rolling Stone, saying: "As the singer of 'Walking on Sunshine' I don't endorse its use by Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign….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."
Tom Petty v. George W. Bush
Tom Petty won't back down when it comes to ceasing and desisting. Not only did the rock star's management team send Bachmann a cease and desist letter after she played The Heartbreakers hit "American Girl" at her campaign kickoff last year, but in 2000 Petty's people sent a letter to presidential candidate George W. Bush, telling him to back off from using the song "I Won't Back Down" during his presidential campaign against Al Gore. In a funny twist, Petty later showed up at Gore's mansion and serenaded him with "I Won't Back Down" after the then-Vice President conceded the presidency to Bush. Gore's wife, Tipper, even played the drums.
Bruce Springsteen v. Chris Christie
They may both be Jersey boys, but their similarities end there. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is a huge Bruce Springsteen fan, but the Boss doesn't share the love. While the Republican governor shows up at everything from Springsteen's arena concerts to smaller club-size gigs, the rocker routinely gives him a liberal dose of snubbing, according to The Atlantic. Last spring, Christie made a public plea to the singer asking him to play at a new Atlantic City casino. "He says he's for the revitalization of the Jersey Shore, so this seems obvious," Christie said. But he added he got no response from Springsteen's camp. "No, we got nothing back from them….not even a 'F--- you.'"
Heart v. Sarah Palin
It may have been her nickname in high school, but when former Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin played the Heart song "Barracuda" at the 2008 GOP convention, she got a less-than hearty response from band members Ann and Nancy Wilson. After a cease and desist notice was sent to the McCain- Palin campaign, the Sisters Wilson said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly: "Sarah Palin's views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women … The song 'Barracuda' was written in the late '70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women." In a further diss, two years later when Heart performed "Barracuda" live on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," Ann Wilson expressed regret that Palin wasn't in the house to cheer on her daughter, Bristol, who was a contestant on the show that season. "I was just disappointed that Sarah Palin wasn't here to watch her daughter, because we would have dedicated it to her," Wilson said.
Bruce Springsteen v. Ronald Reagan
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan attempted to use Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" - the often-misinterpreted song about a Vietnam veteran's return home after the war -- as a theme for his reelection campaign. In a speech in Hammonton, New Jersey, Reagan said, "America's future …rests in the message of hope in songs so many young Americans admire: New Jersey's own Bruce Springsteen." But during a concert in Pittsburgh a few days later, Springsteen had a response to the Prez as he introduced his song "Johnny 99." "The President was mentioning my name the other day," Springsteen said to the crowd. "And I kind of got to wondering what his favorite album must have been. I don't think it was the 'Nebraska' album. I don't think he's been listening to ['Johnny 99']." The "Nebraska" album is about hard times in America, while "Johnny 99" is about an unemployed automotive worker who turns to murder.
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