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Trump May Be “Crazy” for Pissing Off Sharon Osbourne

By Eric Gruneisen

On June 27, Donald Trump’s campaign decided it would be a good idea to use Ozzy Osbourne’s classic song “Crazy Train” to promote his next bid for the White House. Sharon Osbourne, wife and manager for Ozzy,  released a statement his behalf about Trump’s unauthorized use of “Crazy Train” in a Trump/Pence 2020 political ad.

For those familiar with fire and sarcasm that Sharon Osbourne can deliver, you can’t help but get a chuckle out of her statement and the songs she suggest should be used for Trump’s campaign. Her statement is below:

“Based on this morning’s unauthorized use of Ozzy Osbournes “Crazy Train,” we are sending notice to the Trump campaign (or any other campaigns) that they are forbidden from using any of Ozzy Osbournes music in political ads or in any political campaigns. Ozzys music cannot be used for any means without approvals. In the meantime, I have a suggestion for Mr. Trump — perhaps he should reach out to some of his musician friends. Maybe Kanye West (“Gold Digger”), Kid Rock (“I Am the Bullgod”) or Ted Nugent (“Stranglehold”) will allow use of their music.”

We once lived in a country where we believed leaders and elders were to lead by example. With Trump in the White House, it is clear that those days are over. We are now in a position to note the things that Trump does, and we shake are heads at the lack of respect he has not only for people but also for rules and laws, even within the music industry.

Dan O’Day talks about the differences between radio play and commercial use of a song. In short, the two require different licenses, different permissions, to use songs in ads. These rules are put in place to respect the music artists and their profession. Trump didn’t use the right license, but for those who want to go about it correctly, the info is here.

It’s not yet clear what song Trump will use or if he will reach out and ask an artists for permission to use their material and work to promote his bid for a second term. Thus, I figured I could join in the fun and make a suggestion ourselves. As fitting as “Gold Digger” or “Stranglehold” might be, I vote for a song by comedian Denis Leary: “Asshole.
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