Twisted Sister Slam Paul Ryan For Using 'We're Not Gonna Take It'

Twisted Sister frontman has slammed Paul Ryan for using the band's 1984 hit "We're Not Gonna Take It" as intro music at a rally yesterday in Pennsylvania.

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According to Blabbermouth, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has slammed Paul Ryan, who was tapped last week to run for vice president on the Republican ticket alongside presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney, for using the band's 1984 hit "We're Not Gonna Take It" as intro music at a rally yesterday in Pennsylvania.

"I emphatically denounce Paul Ryan's use of my band Twisted Sister's song 'We're Not Gonna Take It' in any capacity," Snider said. "There is almost nothing he stands for that I agree with except the use of the P90X."

P90X, or Power 90 Extreme, is a commercial home exercise regimen, known for being intense. It is designed to take 90 days, and consists of a training program which uses cross-training (weight training, martial arts, yoga and old-school calisthenics) and periodization, combined with a nutrition and dietary supplement plan.

"We're Not Gonna Take It" and "Stay Hungry" were the biggest hit single and album, respectively, in Twisted Sister's career. Snider said "We're Not Gonna Take It" is now part of America's cultural fabric.

"It's become like a folk song. It's a traditional song now. It has a simple message that's applicable to everything from sports teams to politics. I even once heard about the song being used by people protesting the development of commercial property," he said.

The song's lyrics say in part "Oh you're so condescending/Your gall is never ending/We don't want nothin'/Not a thing from you."

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    RealUnrealRob
    Why is EVERY post just trying to get the gold medal? Ugh.
    arnolddrummer
    because then people make hilarious comments. I actually crack up with a few comments on most posts.
    Pan-Tallica
    I'm upvoting your comment to spite you, in hopes that you get it. Anyways, as he said, that song has been used in almost every possible cultural setting. It's not like someone is going to hear the song in a year and say "oh man, that's the song from Romney's rally!"
    Agent 00Awesome
    Agent 00Awesome slams his keyboard when he sees another slams article.
    p_a_morgan
    LOL. I liked that little off-topic paragraph that vividly informed us of the P90X.
    teknoman
    This article needs more slam! "According to Slammermouth, Twisted Slammer frontman Dee Slamer has slammed Slam Ryan"...
    leony03
    I really hope Obama uses a Megadeth song in his campaign. Be ready for UG to report it!
    DickHardwood
    The English vocabulary is in fact quite rich. Instead of slams you could use: bashes, attacks, castigates, lash into, pan, scathe, scourge, vilifies. Even go with something like: "Protests the use of *said song* in blablabla.. NO MORE SLAMMING!
    Jimmyboba
    I'm slamming my thesaurus shut with frustration. There are hundreds of synonyms you could use!
    bulusvanua
    I'm with Snider here, If you want to use a band's song for political means, you should have to get permission from that band as far as I'm concerned. No one should have to have their art associated with something they hate. Obviously thats an impossible thing to control, but I think major political figures have the means at their disposal to extend that courtesy.
    dumbface12
    Wouldn't be the first time this has happened. Ronald Reagan used "Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen.
    eatfresh1736
    I think the funniest thing about Paul Ryan is that he said he's a huge fan of RATM. Their ideals couldn't be more different from his.
    howrylak1
    For all of you "slamming" Dee: People are idiots and people that attend political rallies are bigger idiots. It gives the appearance that the band is supporting the canidate. Ryan is using the song to state that "were not going to take it from the Obama administration anymore". In the mind of idiots they believe this is what the band is saying.
    Maiden95
    I totally agree with Dee here. Not a Twisted Sister fan whatsoever, but I've always thought Dee was a cool, agreeable dude. P.S. F*** Paul Ryan
    Braykah
    Not hard to understand, I'd react in the same way. Republicans might want to limit themselves to use only Megadeth and Ted Nugent in future rallies.
    AARWave
    Would make sense, after all the politicians themselves seem to understand approx. as much about the politics as the bands you named... "Damn coyotes always pissing on my coach.. " I'm happy that Mr. Snider slams the republicans for using so good song to get help for so stupid things.
    AARWave
    Just searched the news with the word "slam" and UG currently have 99 articles with the word in it. UG, go slam someone so you can get the 100th article and then you can start collecting news about "emphatically denouncing"
    pHiLLa
    How about we all take a shot for every article that contains the word "slam" ?
    JenoUnion
    Haha... it's funny reading this and remembering that UG said they wanted to hire people who could write articles, but then you realize that the bit about P90X is copy/pasted from Wikipedia...
    UniformRecon
    First RATM, now Twisted Sister? Jeez, Republicans obviously are NOT getting the rock n' roll vote this year (and I'm definately not complaining!).
    Ibeanez
    Why would anyone want to use that terrible song and associate themselves with that terrible band?
    traumetal
    What a hypocrite, he was brown nosing Trump for charity cash not too long ago.
    SkepsisMetal
    How pretentious. Yes it's his song, but he also released it commercially to the public for anyone and everyone to listen to and enjoy whatever the situation. If you can't accept someone who disagrees with you politically enjoying your art, then it's time to stop.
    Iommianity
    That's a strawman and you know it. "Enjoying art" has absolutely nothing to do with anything in this case. God forbid the guy stands up for something he feels strongly about. I'm pretty sure he didn't get into music for whatever reasons you feel are acceptable, so who are you calling pretentious when your 'pretensions' make you see this in such a narrow way?
    Spychosis
    There's a difference between "enjoying" and using for political motivation against the writer's ideas.
    thusuntotyrants
    Romney is using their music without permission. Just because it is commercially available that does not make it public domain. You cant use bands music in movies, tv shows or ads without their permission, how is this situation any different?
    schirripar
    I hate when musicians do that. It's a song. People can interpret it however they want.
    elvor0
    Aside from y'know when the musician says it's about something, or it's totally out of place. I'm all for you having your own personal meaning for a song, but they are written with certain things in mind in the first place. It's like when Weller blasted David Cameron for publicly saying how much he loved "Eton Rifles". It undermines what the song is about in a sense. Not that I'm a fan of Twisted Sister, but if he feels like his song is being shat on by being used in that way, I'm gonna go with him.
    TuningGamer
    Sure, but using it without the artist's permission, especially in a promotional way, is plain wrong. Someone could get the idea that Twisted Sister supports the Republican party, and whether they do or do not, it's still up to Twisted Sister if their song can be used in an ad for the Republican party.
    xevious1
    Imagine if Dave Mustaine was saying something like this, he would get a ton of crap. You people have a double standard.
    BigMikeBDD
    Welcome to the dbag list Dee. You think you'd idiots would learn to keep your mouths shut. Please see Dixie Chicks....I don't care where you stand politically. This is for both sides.
    ZWH
    At least he isn't selling out by accepting it just because it's his song. I personally think that's pretty brave.
    thusuntotyrants
    Hes a D-bag for not wanting Romney to use his music? I would love to hear the explanation behind this one.
    Ibeanez
    I guess things are looking up for Democrats now that they have a washed up, never-was who even failed at cross-dressing on their side.
    FirstMateJepeto
    Nice a pretext to remind me of the collest metal music video ever made, thanks UG that's too much!
    EpsilonJSTC
    Whenever I see a title that says "X slams Y", I like to imagine they're in a cage match.
    RC52190
    80% of the comments on this page are about "slamming" ...Now including mine.
    1916
    TS is not in America's cultural fabric. If they are, than so is Pantera's Metal Magic album.
    captainperoxide
    This seems like something only conservative politicians ever do, using someone's song without permission. I'm not saying that's the case, it just seems that way. Maybe it's because of the gotcha liberal media (note: sarcasm), or maybe it happens with liberals way less. Either way, I haven't heard of any case of something similar happening across the aisle. Is that inaccurate, or is there really a disparity?
    vinnym86
    I hate how many new P90X commercials are popping up because of this obsession with Paul Ryan. I did the workout, it's great, but that Tony guy is SUCH A DOUCHEBAG! I found myself unable to keep up because of laughter at times, what a tool.
    samhell
    I got ripped with P90X. Ran through it twice. That shit actually works if you put in the effort... Alas, I am somewhat flabby again though because it also takes effort to maintain that badass physique.