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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 23, 2012 7:51AM
Dee admitted to spongeing off the goverment between gigs.  He's a taker; therefore, a democrat.
im glad that musicians are now cracking down on the free use of their music by politicians, im sure the romney campaign never even thought of asking permission to use the song, they figure why should copyrights and royalties get in the way. they are lucky musicians are just asking them to stop using there songs instead of filling lawsuits. 
Aug 23, 2012 7:51AM
Good.  Rock and Rollers, Alternative Artist, All Artist stand up for America and Americans.  Americans want Our Most Loved Musicians to STAND UP FOR AMERICA AND AMERICANS.  I am very DISAPPOINTED IN KID ROCK.  Very Bad to allow republicans to use "Born Free"  very bad kid.  Romney's only music should be mormon choir and to hell with teddy stoogent and loud mouth yank williams jr.  Two pathetic slobs with lousy music. 
Aug 23, 2012 7:50AM

Fine dont use the freaking song and sense he alligns himself more with socialistic democrats lets stop buying anything that is backed by twisted sister, Dee Snider or any companies that back him.


Come on America if you wanna take back this country hit them were it hurts....right in the wallet!!!!!!!

Aug 23, 2012 7:50AM
please. this guy should be kissing  the feet of romney/ryan for reminding us he ever existed. what a has been.
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