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Red Hot Chili Peppers give Glee the Heisman. Five other acts least likely to license their music.

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In recent years, there's been a parade of artists refusing to license their tracks, whether it's been for use in video games, commercials or television shows. Seems like some of these old timers have sticks up their butts when it comes to relinquishing artistic control and just don't get it.

Case in point: The Red Hot Chili Peppers recently refused to allow Glee to use one of their songs in their trademark mash-up montages. Not that we're gigantic fans of Glee or anything, but we suspect that there's few people buying Red Hot Chili Peppers albums right now that haven't already owned a copy at some point -- and that's assuming anyone is even buying Red Hot Chili Peppers albums at all these days.

Nothing like pissing away a chance to bring in new fans and make yourself viable again, eh? Clearly the Peppers aren't the only abstainers -- you know, on account of a little thing called artistic integrity and all that. That in mind, we put together a list of the five other acts least likely candidates to license their music to a show like Glee.

5. Iggy Pop (Stooges)

We know The Stooges are sacred ground for a lot of people -- but we can't help but think it'd be pretty awesome to see a bunch of teens gallivanting around and singing Iggy Pop -- maybe they could do mash up with the MC5 and Isaac Hayes: "Kick out the jams mother (shut you mouth)!"

4. 2 Live Crew

Despite the fact that most 2 Live Crew songs are about as far away from TV friendly as you could get, we'd love to see the cast (and the censors) take on lines like, "Me so horny," and "Dickin' a bitch's mouth off in a trickin' house."

3. Pearl Jam

Not sure why on Earth Glee would ever have the occasion to use a Pearl Jam -- unless one of the characters happens to kill themselves or something -- but we're confident the band that sounds like its led by a drunken hobo rambling into a microphone would surely reject a chance to appear on Glee as it would surely make them sound too upbeat.

2. Metallica

Metallica has notably softened its rigid stance towards music on the Internet over the years, but we still can't really imagine they'd greenlight having one of their songs appear on the Glee soundtrack. It would be awesome, however, to see the cast recreate the video to "One," especially if that wimpy faced Will Schuester was the one without arms or legs.

1. Faith No More

We don't think Mike Patton would say no to a Faith No More song appearing on Glee, but we can't imagine they'd be able to handle it. Can you picture the cast taking on "Be Aggressive?" Maybe after one of the guys gets rejected by a gal?

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