1368. Caught in passing – two more reasons election season seems like institutionalized insanity. Remember, when the going gets weird, the weird go to the big time:
1. [Insert Overused "I Heart Huckabees" Joke Here, followed by classic rock pun]
According to Rolling Stone, the Huckabee campaign has been using the 1976 Boston hit "More Than a Feeling" as an unofficial campaign signature, even murdering it multiple times onstage live (I've heard the sound file) with Huck's ironically-named band, Capitol Offense, sometimes using a former Boston band member who was sometimes given credit as being "the guy who actually did it". RS reported that the composer of the song – and the owner of the rights – Boston founder Tom Scholz – has learned of the borrow, and the harshing thereof is certainly more than just a feeling:
I wrote and arranged More Than a Feeling, engineered and produced the recording, and actually played all the guitars on that BOSTON hit as well as most of BOSTON’s songs, not the person holding a guitar in your promotion who identified himself as being “of BOSTON.” Your claim that this was “the guy who originally did it” is a bit mystifying since he never played on that recording, nor has he been “of BOSTON” since he left my band over a quarter century ago, after performing with us for only three years.
Would it have killed Huck to ask permission? As a semi-pro musician, he ought to have some idea that it never pays to borrow someone's work without proper permission, or at least attribution. I mean, they teach this stuff in community college graphic design courses. Trust me, I know.
The money quote:
By using my song, and my band’s name BOSTON, you have taken something of mine and used it to promote ideas to which I am opposed. In other words, I think I’ve been ripped off, dude!
Tom Scholz, as it happens, supports Obama. Speaking of whom ...
2. Cool, Crisp Senatorial Refreshment
We've heard via the BBC that a popular beer in Kenya – where Barack Obama's father came from, and where his grandfolks live – called Senator beer, has been nicknamed Obama beer. The BBC:
According to the BBC's Muliro Telewa in Nyangoma Kogalo, a local beer called Senator has been nicknamed "Obama" in honour of the Illinois politician.
And the video (CNN):
Enjoy your election season!
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