One of our favorite songs to play air guitar on is Boston’s “More Than a Feeling.” The song is apparently also a favorite of Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee. The former Arkansas governor, and bass player, has used the song at his campaign stops and even performed it on the stump.
We hope he enjoyed it while he had the chance. Boston bassist Tom Scholz has demanded that Huckabee stop using the band’s song.
“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[.]”
We often wondered if bands knew which candidates were using their music. During our time with the Romney campaign, we noticed that Mitt was fond of U2 and Journey, and we’re pretty sure that Bono would not approve of Romney’s denouncement of people with “funny accents.”
While his campaign hasn’t responded, we’re pretty sure Huckabee is honored that he got some liberal band from Massachusetts angry by using its song. In a campaign where Ronald Reagan is often mentioned, it’s nice to echo back to the controversy over “Born in the U.S.A.”
He also probably liked Scholz’s joke at the end of the letter.
“Although I’m impressed you learned my bass guitar part on ‘More Than a Feeling,’ ” Scholz wrote, “I am [a Barack ] Obama supporter.”
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