Twisted Sister Not Gonna Take Ryan Using Its Song

Dee Snider denounces use of metal anthem
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2012 12:10 AM CDT
Updated Aug 23, 2012 12:24 AM CDT

(Newser) – In yet another campaign music clash, Twisted Sister has told Paul Ryan's campaign that it's not gonna take Ryan's use of its 1984 hit "We're Not Gonna Take It." Frontman Dee Snider has demanded Ryan stop using the heavy metal anthem at rallies, reports the New York Daily News. "I emphatically denounce Paul Ryan's use of my song as recorded by my band," Snider said in a statement. "There is almost nothing on which I agree with Paul Ryan—except perhaps the use of the P90X," he added, referring to Ryan's "extreme" workout regimen.

A Ryan spokesman's reply? "We're not gonna play it," he emailed, reports AP. Guitarist Jay French says two Tea Party candidates have already stopped using the song after complaints from the band, reports the Los Angeles Times. "We understand it’s a protest song, but the use of our particular version of the song connotes our support," French says. (Rage Against the Machine had some harsh words for Ryan, too, after he mentioned the band was one of his favorites.)

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