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Rock Song Misappropriation Laid Bare

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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BROS BEFORE POLITICOS Orleans Regarding our earlier "Don't Play Me Bro" piece, Radar contributor Nick Curran has alerted us to yet another instance of a rock anthem being swiped by President Bush against the wishes of the musician. "Remember the song 'Still the One'?" The guy who wrote it John Hall, the coy, beardy one in the center of the above photo did not like when Bush used it during the 2004 campaign and made a big stink about it. Two years later, that same guy ran against—and defeated—the member of Congress I was working for."

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Curran assures Radar editors that he's gotten past the embarrassment of losing to a man responsible for some pretty horrible soft rock, not to mention one of the worst album covers of all time. "Just because a continuous mental loop of 'Dance with Me' has been privately taunting me for over a year doesn't mean I'm not over it. I totally am. Sure, it was a tough at first. But the imaginary buck-toothed hippie who hasn't left my side since election night 2006 has finally convinced me that there's nothing to be ashamed of."

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