Katrina & The Waves – Walkin’ On Sunshine

This 1985 tune earns about $1 million per year in royalties for the band. You’ve heard it in movies like High Fidelity, American Psycho and Daddy Day Care. And on TV shows like The Gilmore Girls and The Drew Carey Show. If a program needs to emphasize some good feelings, this song is the go-to choice.

You can appreciate politicians would try to latch on to this poppy infectiousness.

Republican Michele Bachmann represented Minnesota from 2007-2015, in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is known as a Tea Party supporter. When campaigning for President in 2012, the politician played this song.

Katrina and her Waves objected! Did Michele even ask?

The band had other catchy tunes, but fall into the one-hit wonder category. Too, Bachmann dropped out of the presidential race, but has the distinction of being Minnesota’s first female federal Congresswoman, at least for her party.

Still, Tom Petty was not a fan of Bachmann, either: American Girl.


Tom Petty – American Girl

This 1977 song has an urban legend attached to it, that it was written for a girl that committed suicide. In 2011, Tom Petty appears to be hoping Republican/Tea Party presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is a victim of some sort of  political suicide.

The politician received a “cease and desist” order from the songwriter to not use his song when she is campaigning.

But perhaps Petty has more conservative fans buying his music and attending his concerts than he’d care to admit? That could help explain why George W. Bush also tried using Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” as a campaign song. Would he object to Sarah Palin using “Free Falling?”

Footnote: Why campaign teams don’t get permission to use songs is odd.

Related Tea Party post from this blog: The Tea Party – The Bazaar

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