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Regarding Rush: Rockers Refuse

After Rush Limbaugh's controversial comments about Sandra Fluke, the woman who testified in front of Congress in support of company-provided insurance providing contraceptives, there was a palpable backlash among the controversial host's advertisers. Companies such as Carbonite, Sleep Number, JCPenney and AOL are just a few of the 36 advertisers that made a mass exodus after Limbaugh called Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute." Limbaugh is now feeling the pinch when it comes to his show's soundtrack. As he made the comments about Fluke, Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" played. Gabriel immediately expressed his dismay on his Facebook page, saying, "Peter was appalled to learn that his music was linked to Rush Limbaugh's extraordinary attack on Sandra Flute [sic]. It is obvious from anyone that knows Peter's work that he would never approve such a use. He has asked his representatives to make sure his music is withdrawn and especially from these unfair aggressive and ignorant comments." It's the same old song and dance for the band Rush, which feels the same way about their songs "Bravado" and "Spirit of Radio" being played as the show transitions to and from commercials, which are probably few and far between these days, anyway. According to TMZ, legal eagles issued a cease-and-desist letter on the band's behalf to keep Rush from using their music. However, Rush still has The Pretenders to fall back on - he uses the song "My City Was Gone" and has done so since 1984, never bothering to ask if he could do so. Chrissie Hynde, the lead singer of the band, didn't have a problem with his use until 1997, when Limbaugh flaunted the fact that he used a song "[written by] an environmentalist, animal rights wacko and was an anti-conservative song. It is anti-development, anti-capitalist, and here I am going to take a liberal song and make fun of [liberals] at the same time." At that point, Hynde demanded royalties, proceeds of which, according to Rolling Stone magazine, go to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Doesn't get much more liberal than that.

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