Feb 18, 2008

Boston founder tells Huckabee to sing a different tune

Another Republican presidential candidate has been called out for the unauthorized use of a rock song as part of their campaign. This time it’s former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Boston founder Tom Scholz objecting to the use of the ’70s hit “More than a feeling.”

Huckabee has even performed the song with one-time Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau - who played briefly with the band in 1980 – at campaign events with Huckabee on bass. Scholz formed the band in 1975. The former MIT graduate and mechanical engineer had recorded most of debut album in his basement studio, and he wrote “More than a feeling” and played all of the guitar parts in the song that reached No. 5 on the Billboard charts in 1976.

Scholz is a Barack Obama supporter. He wrote a letter to Huckabee asking him to stop using the song, and he also said playing with Goudreau does not imply permission.

“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,” Scholz wrote.

Earlier this month liberal rocker John Mellencamp objected to Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain using his songs at presidential rallies, causing McCain to sing a different tune.

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