Amid the rocky news of the past week, it was fun to read today about the hysterical uproar over an Illinois tea party candidate for Congress named Joe Walsh using the famous "Lead the Way" song by the "other" Joe Walsh (Eagles, James Gang, etc.) in his campaign and in the video below, with new right-leaning lyrics, such as: "We've all had enough / Of this health-care stuff / We're losing more jobs every day." "We've all been betrayed/by this cap and trade." "Pelosi and Reid wanna screw ya." "Joe Walsh is just the perfect guy to lead the way."
Peter Paterno, lawyer for music guy Joe has sent letter to tea party Joe on gross copyright infringement -- guy in video below (which is said to be linked to "Tea Party Records") uses the whole song with new lyrics. Paterno writes, "Under that same United States Copyright Act, you're not allowed to take someone's song and change the lyrics. This is not to say you're not allowed to write silly lyrics, you just have to write them to your own music." He added that the use of "Walk Away" mirrors John McCain's 2008 misuse of Jackson Browne's "Running on Empty." Gonna be a heartache tonight?
Joe the Candidate defends it, of course, on his site today as an innocent parody: "I must admit, I'm beginning to think that because I've been out there for a few months as a 'tea party conservative' candidate, all you liberals out in Hollywood are using this to attack someone whose beliefs you don't understand and always disrespect (can you say Sarah Palin?). I hope the Democratic National Committee and Nancy Pelosi didn't put you up to this."
But this Joe already under fire for being a "carpetbagger" in his district and, god forbid, once allegedly being a liberal.Now, one of the freakiest mornings of my Crawdaddy career in the 1970s arrived on that day when the James Gang's record company hosted a press party at the legendary Plaza Hotel in New York -- at 10 o'clock in the morning, no less. Yes, the breakfast was swell, but imagine getting notorious party boy Joe Walsh up at 7 a.m. to make a gig -- the band played with a hangover, which was a lot of fun but, ahem, not much of a showcase for their new record. Joe left later to join The Eagles. Enjoy the video below. Greg Mitchell is former longtime editor of Editor & Publisher, now blogging at E&P In Exile, and author of 10 books, most recently, "Why Obama Won."
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