Remember that time the rock band Survivor gave permission to Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis to use as her “victory” music at the rally held for her yesterday?
Yeah, neither do Survivor band members Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan.
After the music was played to celebrate her release from jail for breaking the law, the internet was a bit agog at the song’s usage. Here’s just a sample:
Kim Davis taking the stage to Eye Of The fucking Tiger – This is batshit insanity of the first order. http://t.co/pMq4brBw1y
— Jules Ehrhardt (@ezyjules) September 8, 2015
But it was band members Peterik and Sullivan who really got incensed.
Peterik sent this statement to Billboard – “I was very surprised and dismayed at the misuse of the song I co-wrote with Frankie Sullivan for Rocky lll,” he said. “The song has motivated thousands through the years to reach beyond their limits. Its use for the release of Kim Davis does not support my views or my politics. I have contacted my publishers to make sure this usage is stopped immediately.”
And Sullivan took to his Facebook page with this: “NO! We did not grant Kim Davis any rights to use “My Tune -The Eye Of The Tiger.” I would not grant her the rights to use Charmin!”
By the way, since it’s release in 1982, “Eye Of The Tiger” has sold over 9.5 million physical and digital copies. The song topped the Billboard chart for six weeks, earned an Grammy Award, a People’s Choice Award and an Academy Award nomination.