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 — and perhaps funniest — 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.