Apparently tired of using good music without permission, John McCain has lately taken to using the Foo Fighters' "My Hero" as his campaign theme. Aside from the unfortunate choice (even their spectacular live performance couldn't salvage this particular shitheap of a song), the band said that permission to use the song was not sought from them, their management, their label or their publisher.
"The saddest thing about this is that My Hero was written as a celebration of the common man and his extraordinary potential," Dave Grohl wrote in a public statement. "To have it appropriated without our knowledge and used in a manner that perverts the original sentiment of the lyric just tarnishes the song."
As an amusing sidenote, Matt Yglesias argues fairly convincingly that contemporary hiphop, where "conservative values like greed and violence are frequently lauded" might make a more appropriate soundtrack. And frankly, I'd rather listen to TI mangle the English language for hours than hear one more of the trainwrecks of faux-folksy dependant clauses that vomit themselves out every time Sarah Palin opens her mouth.