As he flounders in Florida polls ahead of the state’s primary, Newt Gingrich got some more bad news after he was sued over his choice of music for campaign stops.
The lawsuit filed in Chicago today charges that Mr Gingrich has been unlawfully playing the athletic anthem Eye of the Tiger by the band Survivor, which was immortalised in the film Rocky III.
The suit was brought by Rude Music, Inc., a company owned by Survivor songwriter and guitarist Frankie Sullivan.
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Legal fight: Newt Gingrich is being sued by a member of the 80s rock group Survivor, right, who charges that the GOP presidential candidate has been unlawfully using their hit song Eye of the Tiger since 2009
It alleges that the Gingrich campaign has been blasting the song during numerous appearances since 2009.
The complaint, obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle, alleges that ‘Newt 2012’s and Mr Gingrich’s unauthorized public performance or inducement of or contribution to the public performance of the copyrighted work infringes Rude Music’s copyright’.
The lawsuit also calls for monetary damages.
After Rocky III was released in theatres, Eye of the Tiger in dominated the charts in 1982, and catapulted the band to stardom.
Success: Eye of the Tiger was immortalised in the film Rocky III, and the song won a Grammy Award for Survivor in 1982
The song, which is still prominent on any gymgoer’s playlist 30 years later, also won Survivor a Grammy Award and was nominated for an Oscar.
Eye of the Tiger’s success led the band to record singles featured in Rocky IV and The Karate Kid.
But Gingrich, who is down by 15 points in Florida against rival Mitt Romney, is one of many Republicans who have been threatened with legal action by musicians over the use of their songs.
Last year, Michele Bachmann was contacted by lawyers for Tom Petty after she walked out to his hit song American Girl.
Mr Petty’s people also went after George W. Bush when the former president used another one of his songs, I Won’t Back Down.
During the 2008 presidential race, musicians went after candidates relentlessly over their music.
RB legend Sam Moore sent then-candidate Barack Obama a cease and desist letter after the future president played his 1996 hit Hold On! I’m Comin’.
Mr Obama’s opponent John McCain was sued by Jackson Browne for his campaign’s use of his 1977 hit, Running on Empty. He was also asked by John Mellancamp to stop using two of his songs.
McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin was ripped by rock band Heart after she used their anthem Barracuda to make an entrance.
At the time, Heart singer and guitarist Nancy Wilson told Entertainment Weekly that she felt ‘completely f***ed over’.
Stolen song? Sarah Palin used the Heart hit Barracuda as she campaigned in 2008, prompting guitarist Nancy Wilson, left, to say that she felt ‘completely f***ed over’
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