British Band ‘The Heavy’ Tells Gingrich To Stop Using Their Song
You may not be familiar with the British band called The Heavy, but if you’ve been keeping track of Newt Gingrich’s campaign, you probably heard their song “How Do You Like Me Now?”. Unfortunately for Gingrich, The Heavy heard of his use of their song and served him with a cease and desist order.
After Gingrich used their 2009 song for a rally in Tampa last week, The Heavy took to Facebook to set the record straight,
“If you heard ‘How You Like Me Now’ being used by Republican, Newt Gingrich, in his campaign, we’d like you to know it had [nothing] to do with us and we are trying to stop it being used.”
Jeff Waye of Third Side Music, the company that owns the rights to the song, assured the press that they were not involved with Gingrich’s use of the song, telling Canada’s Global News,
“Neither us, nor the band have particularly approved the usage of it,”
This isn’t the first time a presidential candidate has been told to stop using a particular song in their campaign. Last year, Michelle Bachman received cease and desist orders from both Tom Petty and Katrina and the Waves ordering Bachman to stop using their songs “American Girl” (Petty’s) and “Walking on Sunshine” (Katrina’s) during her campaign work. Bruce Springsteen took a stand in the ’80s during President Reagan’s re-election campaign, taking issue with Reagan’s use of “Born in the USA”.