Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider: “I Emphatically Denounce Paul Ryan’s Use of My Song”

It’s election season, and without fail this means a bevy of stories about musicians taking issue with politicians using their songs during rally.

The latest β€” and perhaps funniest β€” of the season comes by way of Dee Snider, who didn’t take kindly to Vice Presidential hopeful Paul Ryan using Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Going to Take It” to kick off a recent rally.

“I emphatically denounce Paul Ryan’s use of my song ‘Were Not Gonna Take It’ as recorded by my band Twisted Sister,” said Snider in an official statement. “There is almost nothing on which I agree with Paul Ryan, except perhaps the use of the P90X.”

And Snider isn’t the first rocker to take issue with Paul Ryan, who has admitted to enjoying grunge, Led Zeppelin and even Rage Against the Machine. In fact, RATM guitarist Tom Morello wrote a scathing editorial for Rolling Stone recently, accusing Ryan of missing the point of his music entirely.

“Ryan claims that he likes Rage’s sound, but not the lyrics,” wrote Morello. “Well, I don’t care for Paul Ryan’s sound or his lyrics. He can like whatever bands he wants, but his guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent is antithetical to the message of Rage.”

You can read the full thing here.


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  • James White

    paul rayn and mitt are despicable. they are the undoing of our nation. whats sad is votes most likely won’t matter (like they did with bush). they have enough money to buy their way in unfortunately. ill vote for obama, trust me on that but with loyal voters on one end and corruption/greed/money on the other end i don’t know who will win :/

    • D.j. Clark

      Clearly, you are an idiot if you want Obama to stay in office.

      • anon

        love this.

      • Tom

        Clearly you are an idiot if you think any Republican has any ideas that will be good for America.

        • Don

          and I suppose Pelosi and Reid have better ones?
          She who goes on and on about the money grubbing rich, like herself and the liberal Dems keep voting that lady in. They deserve to be screwed over like they already are.

        • Ben Decho

          At least they know where they are and where they are going. Not some “give me 4 more years, and I’ll try to give you the hope I promised 4 years ago”. Barry thinks there are 58 states, and Joe B doesn’t know the difference between NC and VA. I live in Delaware and the smartest move B.O. made is to pick a Veep that NO ONE would want to see take his place if he was sniped! Pure genius. Cheapest life insurance ever. Even Flo couldn’t have delivered that well. We’re glad to see Joe Joe out of here after 40+ years. Glad you’re enjoying him… see you in the funny papers…

    • mastersuntzu

      Out of curiosity…How are they “undoing” of our nation?

    • mastersuntzu

      Out of curiosity…How are they “undoing” of our nation?

  • Jeff Goentzel

    Wow, he is so cool… not! I would love to see what exactly he disagrees with Ryan. More likely than not, he agrees more than disagrees…

  • Michelle Pounds

    I’m beginning to wonder if these politicians use these songs on purpose just to aggravate the musicians that they don’t like? I bet this is how the idea came up: Politician thinks, “I don’t like these songs! They’re a bad influence on our kids, what can I do? Oh! I know! I’ll take the rebelliousness out of them by playing them at my campaign! Ha! Ha! Ha!”

  • Brad Wilson

    So, Dee Snider is a bitch…. I guess he aligns himself more with Al and Tipper gore these days…

  • Randy Marsh

    obama sucks period! all hail Romney! im voting for Romney because hes white.

  • Renz

    James, how can it be Ryan and Romney “undoing the nation”? They are not persident and vice prisident, you dumb cocksuker. It’s Obama and Biden who are currently “running” and ruining the nation, James, you uneducated shit-for-brains.

  • Steve Neal

    Obama is gonna go down as the most worthless president in history.You people need to get informed. If not anything but the fact that mitt & paul will get the money flowing in america again is enough for me. Oh by the way, Have you been hired by a poor person lately. Quit crying about the rich & put your video game down & get hired by one. I love the rich…They motivate me to be one. I guess if your a fat white girl, Illegal,gay or just need a boost to your food stamps Obama is your dude. Sorry, As of november he’s gone.By the time his plane lands in Chicago, They will have repealed 80% of everything he’s done. Thank God !!!

  • Dale Sutherland

    I’m so glad to be Canadian! America is one messed up country politically speaking. I go to concerts in Detroit & to NASCAR races in Michigan & have a great time with Americans! They love when I bring my Molson Canadian beer & cigarettes lol. But as a country to live in,it’s scary! All I ever hear on the news is someone gunning someone(s) people down. My sister lives in Baltimore,MD & it scares me! Don’t get me wrong we have shootings here & awful crime also but not like the states. But the states also has 300,000 million people compared to Canada’s 35 million. New York alone has I think 15 million people alone. So who knows if Canada had as many people if we’d be much better? But our gun laws are much stricter!

  • Ben Decho

    Some of these “musicians” should be glad that anyone wants to play their songs anymore. Musicians and actors should only sing or speak on stage or screen. I, for one, could care less about their points of view, and in most cases, I, for one, stop supporting any future efforts they try to pass off as art.
    Oh, I almost forgot…. I came here to say “meH”