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Tom Petty says Michele Bachmann is no 'American Girl'



Tom Petty/AP photoWhy is it that politicians insist on using popular rock tunes, particularly ones from the '80s, without the musician's permission? The latest thief: Newly declared GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, whose campaign uses Tom Petty's American Girl as exit music.

Within 24 hours of the televised launch of the rightwinger's 2012 campaign, Petty's lawyers decided they won't back down, according to media reports. Want more song puns? His lawyers had a breakdown and said don't do me like that. Petty said Bachmann is "jammin' me" and told her to don't come around here no more. And don't expect a change of heart. (Okay, I'm exhausted.)

"Petty isn't pleased," reported NBC's Kelly O'Donnell; Rolling Stone says Petty's lawyers had sent the Minnesota congresswoman a cease and desist order.

"Petty's problem appears to be with Bachmann's politics. In 2008, the singer allowed Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton to use American Girl for her unsuccessful presidential bid," the Guardian reports. "But he was much less sympathetic in 2000, when Republican candidate George W Bush was discovered to be playing I Won't Back Down at his rallies. 'This use has not been approved,' Petty's representatives told the future president. 'Any use made by you or your campaign creates, either intentionally or unintentionally, the impression that you and your campaign have been endorsed by Tom Petty, which is not true.' Bush , er, backed down."

Yeah. See? The Guardian got into the spirit. Can't Bachmann find some lame country anthem to use instead? I hear Lee Greenwood has a stinker that we haven't heard enough times.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 9:21am]


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