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Twisted Sister singer objects to Paul Ryan's use of 'We're Not Gonna Take It'

Posted by Glenn Yoder  August 22, 2012 02:02 PM

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Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan in Las Vegas on Aug. 14. The band Twisted Sister is upset over his campaign's use of the song "We're Not Gonna Take It."

Mitt Romney's presidential campaign continues to hit bumps with the music industry. Another band is putting the clamps on a Republican candidate playing its song at a public event.

Dee Snider, lead singer of the hair metal group Twisted Sister, told Talking Points Memo in a statement he "emphatically denounce[s]" vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan's use of the band's 1984 song "We're Not Gonna Take It" at a Pennsylvania rally yesterday. Making light of the one-time personal trainer's rigorous workout routine, Snider added, "There is almost nothing [Ryan] stands for that I agree with except the use of the P90X."

Last week, the Romney campaign ran into a similar issue after playing the song "Panic Switch" by Silversun Pickups at an event. The band's lawyer issued a ceast-and-desist letter, even including that it would be "harmful" if the band's fans thought the group was endorsing Romney.

Rage Against the Machine guitarist (and Harvard graduate) Tom Morello took things a bit further after the vice presidential candidate named Rage among his favorite bands. The long outspoken Morello penned an op-ed for Rolling Stone on Aug. 16 in which he didn't mince words, opening by saying, "Paul Ryan's love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades."

In addition to complaints from musicians, Romney was skewered in song for the 1983 incident in which he left the family dog strapped to the roof of the car during a road trip. Taking inspiration from that event, Devo recently released the playful tune "Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro!"

Romney's campaign quickly agreed to stop using the Silversun Pickups song and, according to Talking Points Memo, is currently reviewing Snider's request to pull Twister Sister's anthem. In the meantime, which songs do you think would be safer bets for the candidates to use?

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