Stop Using My Song: 35 Artists Who Fought Politicians Over Their Music

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Boston vs. Mike Huckabee
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Boston vs. Mike Huckabee

When: 2008
Song: "More Than a Feeling"
Controversy: During primary season, one-time Republican frontrunner and amateur bass player Huckabee capped off many of his events by playing "More Than a Feeling" with his band Capitol Offense – sometimes with former Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau laying down a guest solo. "More Than a Feeling" writer and Boston founder Tom Scholz took exception to this, penning an open letter to Huckabee in which he said that he was "impressed" that the candidate had learned his bass guitar parts but nonetheless felt like he'd been "ripped off, dude!" "Boston has never endorsed a political candidate," wrote Scholz, who personally backed Obama, "and with all due respect, would not start by endorsing a candidate who is the polar opposite of most everything Boston stands for."
Result: Huckabee's campaign – and therefore his use of the song – ended shortly thereafter when he conceded the Republican nomination to John McCain.

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