The chief songwriter and founder of the band Boston has more than a feeling that he's being ripped off by Mike Huckabee.
In a letter to the Republican presidential hopeful, Tom Scholz complains that Huckabee is using his 1970s smash hit song "More Than a Feeling" without his permission. A former member of the band, Barry Goudreau, has appeared with Huckabee at campaign events, and they have played the song with Huckabee's band, Capitol Offense.
Scholz, who said Goudreau left the band more than 25 years ago after a three-year stint, objects to the implication that the band and one of its members has endorsed Huckabee's candidacy.
"Boston has never endorsed a political candidate, and with all due respect, would not start by endorsing a candidate who is the polar opposite of most everything Boston stands for," wrote Scholz, adding that he is supporting Democratic Sen. Barack Obama. "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!"
Oh, and McCain's not faring much better, although of course he's not actually playing the bass: "Last week, McCain's campaign agreed to stop playing John Mellencamp's songs 'Our Country' and 'Pink Houses' at his rallies after the liberal rocker complained."
On the other hand: "Celine Dion said she was 'thrilled' that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton used her song, 'You and I' as her official campaign anthem. Obama frequently blares U2's 'City of Blinding Lights' at his events."
What, no one wants Bad Religion?