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Dee Snider blasts Romney camp's use of Twisted Sister hit


Are there any recording stars not named "Kid" or "Jr." who are willing to let the Mitt Romney campaign use (or like) their music? A week after Silversun Pickups issued a cease and desist order to the GOP candidate for playing one of their songs at events, Twisted Sister's Dee Snider has now spoken out with a similar objection.

After getting word that Romney's running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, used the band's biggest hit at a recent rally in Pennsylvania, Snider issued a statement to website Talking Points Memo.

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"I emphatically denounce Paul Ryan's use of my band Twisted Sister's song, 'We're Not Gonna Take It,' in any capacity," Snider said through his manager. "There is almost nothing he stands for that I agree with except the use of the [workout program] P90X."

"We're Not Gonna Take It" spent 15 weeks on the Hot 100 in the summer of 1984, topping out at No. 2, making it the band's biggest hit.

Other artists that have blasted the campaign include Somali-Canadian artist K'naan and Silversun Pickups, who objected to the campaign's use of their song "Panic Switch." Guitarist Tom Morello penned an Op-Ed last week after hearing Ryan was a fan of his band, Rage Against the Machine.

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"He is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades," Morello wrote for Rolling Stone. "Ryan claims that he likes Rage's sound, but not the lyrics. Well, I don't care for Paul Ryan's sound or his lyrics."

Romney does have friends in country veteran Lee Greenwood, who has sung his anthem "God Bless the U.S.A." at events; Kid Rock, an early supporter whose song "Born Free" is used at rallies; Hank Williams Jr., a particularly vocal opponent of Barack Obama; and KISS bassist Gene Simmons.

This current musical controversy is the latest case of politicians butting heads with unhappy artists over their campaign soundtracks -- during the 2008 presidential campaign alone, the Foo Fighters, Jackson Browne and John Mellencamp asked Republican candidate John McCain to quit using their songs.

Aug 29, 2012 6:07PM
Question Your Facts,   All I CAN SAY IS "RIGHT FLIPPIN' ON" !!!
Aug 28, 2012 1:31PM

It is absolutely amazing how many ignorant people in our country like to state "facts" that they have heard on political campaign ads and have never actually researched or thought about for themselves.  They get on to blogs and post garbage without even performing a quick Google search on whether or not their so called "facts" are even close to the truth.  They just think "well I heard it on whatever right-wing nut job radio station or tv program that I watch, so it must be a fact".  C'MON PEOPLE!! REALLY!!!  Read between the lines and think for yourselves for once before you all get led to slaughter.  Throughout the course of the history of the United States, there has always been increases in the national debt as a percentage of GDP (Gross Domestic Product for the slow ones reading this), and in national debt as a whole due to tax cuts and war spending.  Additionally, the national debt has historically been affected by times of economic hardship (i.e. The Great Depression). WELL GUESS WHAT???  Our county has faced all three of these since GW Bush took over, and they are all problems that can not be cured in a short period of time.  The current administration is working to cure the problems but has been hampered signigicantly by political posturing from both sides, so what are we as a country to do??? Try another politician that pledges to further cut taxes and continue waging war??? Sounds like a great idea........if you want our country to go further and further into debt!!!  GET OUT THERE.......USE YOUR TYPING FINGERS FOR SOMETHING OTHER THAN SPEWING IGNORANCE, HATE, AND RACISM (MAYBE A GOOGLE SEARCH OF YOUR FACTS).....AND MAKE AN INFORMED INTELLIGENT VOTING DECISION.........OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

Aug 28, 2012 1:22PM
Twisted who?? Had a hit??  Whoever this Dee Snyder is, let's hope "We don't get fooled again". Now THERE was a HIT!! Nobama.
Aug 28, 2012 11:54AM
Dee Snyder and his second rate band can" KISS MY WHITE ****". Screw Dee Snider and all of hollywoods talentless hacks. They stand for anything and anybody that gets their name in the public eye. Springsteen, Snyder, Sarah Jessica Parker, and George Clooney are now a polital force. Give me a break. The only reason they are concerned is because he is black. OK, we have been trendy and elected a black president. Hopefully america has gotten over its latest love affair with the african american community, and we can press forward with a new president, and hopefully a spirited economy, as opposed to the last 4 years of economic death. 
Aug 28, 2012 10:06AM
He should be happy someone is playing his one hit. His persona is part of Americana and he needs to chill
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