Twisted Sister's Dee Snider tells Paul Ryan: Don't use my song

2012-08-22T17:25:00Z 2012-08-28T19:38:56Z Twisted Sister's Dee Snider tells Paul Ryan: Don't use my songThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 22, 2012 5:25 pm  • 

Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has asked Republican vice presidential running mate Paul Ryan's camp not to play his hit song, "We're Not Gonna Take It."

Ryan spokesman Brandon Buck wrote a pithy email in response: "We're Not Gonna Play It anymore."

Snider says in a statement that he does not support Ryan and denounced use of the song, an anthemic 1984 hit for the glam metal band.

It joins a long list of songs that musicians have asked politicians to stop using. Most recently, the rock band Silversun Pickups asked likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney to stop using the song "Panic Switch" last week. The campaign said the song's use was inadvertent.

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  1. KenyanBornPrez
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    KenyanBornPrez - August 23, 2012 5:32 pm
    Dee probably will sue the Romney/Ryan campaign....right after his whilwind summer 2012 county fair "Twisted Corndog" concert tour. I hear he gets to MC the tractor combine demolition derbys also.
  2. KenyanBornPrez
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    KenyanBornPrez - August 23, 2012 5:23 pm
    No doubt Lionhear! The "challenged" left would love for everyone to forget about that little, modern day Red Orchestra meeting gaffe.
    Could you imagine the months of endless media coverage & feigned pundit outrage if a conservative would've cut a sleezy backroom deal like that, while assuming the microphones & TV cameras were off? Not for Prez Barry though. That incident was burried back behind the classified ads, below the fold.
  3. Lionhear
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    Lionhear - August 23, 2012 4:51 pm
    Kenyan--now that you mentioned it, I wonder how much Putin kicked in for Obama's reelection, hoping for that second term that O said would give him "less restrictions" to make some moves.
  4. Lionhear
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    Lionhear - August 23, 2012 4:45 pm
    Haha. Good one! Go Teddy!
  5. ProgressiveNow
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    ProgressiveNow - August 23, 2012 3:19 pm
    Isn't there some type of copyright infringement going on here? This is the second time he has been told to quit using songs. These musicians should take him to court.
  6. srwspoon
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    srwspoon - August 23, 2012 1:11 pm
    madtownative,
    I respect your opinion; however, I take people for exactly what they say on here because there is absolutely nothing else to go on; no verbal cues, no body language, no visual expression, just their words. IMHO, to do anything else would be making assumptions.

    P.S. Just to be clear, this person has actually identified when sarcasm was used in the past, that same (sarc.) note was not in this comment.

  7. madtownative
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    madtownative - August 23, 2012 12:19 pm
    srwspoon...should I provide a link from Wikipedia to the definition of "sarcasm" for you spoon? Relax Norm...
  8. srwspoon
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    srwspoon - August 23, 2012 11:26 am
    swarley said, "I think your comment is nothing more than a Fart In the wind and has no facts just a bunch of blah blah blah"

    Nice exhibition of 5th grade maturity. After reading some of your comments, you are obviously completely unarmed for any actual intelligent discussion. The word Troll comes to mind when reading your comments.
  9. swarley
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    swarley - August 23, 2012 9:31 am
    It's true, you won't see the Democrats using the Star spangled banner, God bless America and your a grand old flag in their playlist. I understand the National Anthem of Russia or China is a regularly played by the Democrats. One you haven't thought of (no surprise) that the republicans use regularly is Proud to be an American.
  10. swarley
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    swarley - August 23, 2012 9:26 am
    I think your comment is nothing more than a Fart In the wind and has no facts just a bunch of blah blah blah. What never ending attacks?
  11. KenyanBornPrez
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    KenyanBornPrez - August 23, 2012 9:25 am
    That knob shine should just be happy someone remembered his "song".

    Maybe he'd be happier playing Patrioticheskaya Pesnya at some Obama fundraiser.
  12. wishiwasgolfing
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    wishiwasgolfing - August 23, 2012 9:19 am
    What??? This shows Ryan is a taker and not a maker? What a stretch. President Obama hasn't created a budget in his entire tenure as president but has managed to add $5 trillion to the deficit. Talk about being a taker and not a maker!
  13. Fartinthewind
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    Fartinthewind - August 23, 2012 8:57 am
    Not at all wish. This article demonstrates that ryan is a taker and not a maker. It demonstrates that his ayn rand commitment is purely hypocritical.

    In fact, given conservatives never ending attacks on the arts community and the willingness of conservative to then co opt art in a self serving fashion, the article demonstrates the hypocrisy of the entire conservative movement. That isn't bias it is reporting.
  14. KenyanBornPrez
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    KenyanBornPrez - August 23, 2012 8:46 am
    It's no longer considered IP after 20 years genius. That song was released in '83 or '84.
    Oh, and P.S. Twisted Sister/ Atlantic Records did not obtain the permission from John Landis to sample speech clips from National Lampoon's Animal House either.
    I guess Dee should go to China with me then, huh?
  15. wishiwasgolfing
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    wishiwasgolfing - August 23, 2012 7:39 am
    That the WSJ published this as news shows how bias this rag really is.
  16. wishiwasgolfing
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    wishiwasgolfing - August 23, 2012 7:38 am
    Wow, just the fact that we are talking about this shows the pettiness of the liberals. We have much, much bigger fish to fry.
  17. Fartinthewind
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    Fartinthewind - August 23, 2012 7:03 am
    First Ryan is caught using the work created by Snider without paying for it and without even asking permission to use it.

    Then the Ayn Rand disciples won't even acknowledge the hypocritical irony in the situation.

    I guess it's clear. Ryan the lifelong government employee is a taker not a maker.
  18. glenrusswood
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    glenrusswood - August 23, 2012 2:05 am
    I thought Prosser used :Stranglehold(The Supremes rendition)
  19. WI_Expat
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    WI_Expat - August 22, 2012 11:52 pm
    Like a list of il informed spoiled self important musicians are a big deal.

    After the election nobody would give a crap what song was played by who but apparently the likes of Dee would rather be collecting no royalties.
  20. middleclassmd
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    middleclassmd - August 22, 2012 10:49 pm
    Maybe Paul could find a tune that would say something more along the lines of being an atheist, spouse-swapper in honor of his hero Alice Rosenbaum:
    http://observer.com/2012/08/paul-ryan-ayn-rand-atlas-shrugged/
  21. middleclassmd
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    middleclassmd - August 22, 2012 10:42 pm
    I think Ryan should use Stranglehold by Ted Nugent, it is much more in line with the Republican agenda on the middle class anyhow!
  22. Devastation608
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    Devastation608 - August 22, 2012 10:14 pm
    "inadvertent" just like those accounts overseas
  23. iponder
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    iponder - August 22, 2012 9:43 pm
    It looks like the repubs will have to stick with Ted Nugent.
  24. River
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    River - August 22, 2012 9:39 pm
    Ted Nugent just revoked any playing of "Fred Bear" by deer hunters until he gets a buck.
  25. wisc_sci_guy
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    wisc_sci_guy - August 22, 2012 9:00 pm
    Well given that he wrote the song I suspect he has some say in who gets to use it. Its a little thing called intellectual property rights. Maybe you ought to hie thyself off to China or some other country that doesn't believe in IP rights if you don't care.
  26. Roundtable
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    Roundtable - August 22, 2012 8:12 pm
    Just how many musicians are actually endorsing the GOP this year anyways?. Does Dennis Miller ply the guitar too?
  27. KenyanBornPrez
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    KenyanBornPrez - August 22, 2012 7:52 pm
    Really?!? Who cares what that washed-up, has-been says? I'm surprised somebody actually took the time to convert that losers music to digital. If it wasn't for his recent stint on Donald Trump's Celbrity Apprentice, nobody would even remember him. Except for a few mullet headed 40somethings.
  28. Dode
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    Dode - August 22, 2012 7:48 pm
    Oh thank God we don't have to hear that trash.
  29. TheJudoon
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    TheJudoon - August 22, 2012 6:02 pm
    Poor, poor Teapublicans.
    They have to stick to such a short playlist these days:
    * Yankee Doodle Dandy
    * God Bless America
    * The Star Spangled Banner
    * Don't Mess With Texas
    * Stranglehold
    * White Christmas
    * You're a Grand Old Flag

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