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Risin’ Up: Kim Davis and Mike Huckabee Anger ‘Eye of the Tiger’ Writer

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The frontman for the classic rock band Survivor isn't seeing eye to eye with Mike Huckabee or newly freed Kentucky clerk Kim Davis after they used one of the group's signature songs without permission.

Frankie Sullivan slammed the pair on his Facebook page on Tuesday for blaring the band's Oscar-nominated 1982 hit, "Eye of the Tiger," during Davis' release.

The Rowan County clerk had been jailed since Thursday for defying a judge's order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. On Tuesday, Davis triumphantly raised her hands above her head and sobbed outside the jailhouse while "Eye of the Tiger" — famously used as the theme for "Rocky III" — blasted over the roar of the crowd.

She was joined on a stage by her husband, her lawyer, and Huckabee, a Republican presidential candidate who has rallied to her side.

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Sullivan took a dig at Davis, saying he wouldn't have given her toilet paper — much less the right to his music.

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Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, center, with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, left, and attorney Mat Staver, founder of the Liberty Counsel, the Christian law firm representing Davis, at her side, cries out after being released from the Carter County Detention Center on Sept. 8, 2015. Timothy D. Easley / AP

"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!" he posted.

Sullivan is not shy about demanding politicians he doesn't agree with to stop using his music, suing Newt Gingrich in 2012 for playing "Eye of the Tiger" during campaign events, reported NBC Chicago.

The Chicago-born composer also called out Huckabee for being associated with his song, although acknowledged he's a step up from the likes of GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump — who's angered artists for not asking for similar song permission.

"C'mom Mike, you are not The Donald but you can do better than that," Sullivan said.