Twisted Sister front man Dee Snider is not going to take it… anymore. The 1980’s glam rocker is the latest in a line of musicians taking a stand against politicians using their music for political campaigning.
“I emphatically denounce Paul Ryan’s use of my song “Were Not Gonna Take It” as recorded by my band Twisted Sister. There is almost nothing on which I agree with Paul Ryan, except perhaps the use of the P90X.”
There is an interesting hypocrisy playing out here. We see a politician using an artist’s song to promote an event (campaign) without consent, while that politician’s party has strongly supported strict copyright laws. While many big venues do hold blanket licenses to play whatever songs they want, the rules change in smaller venues where no such license has been previously granted. It doesn’t appear that Ryan necessarily broke any laws by playing “We’re Not Gonna Take It” at this event, he’s walking a fine line here.
It seems like every election cycle, we see a new story about musicians having their work pulled from campaigns in part thanks to the Internet and more open communications. It’s a lot harder to pull a fast one like Ryan did and, unfortunately for Republicans, it seems a lot of pop stars tend to lean Democrat. So, unless Ted Nugent hits the studio, we’ll likely see more names added to the list of songs being pulled for partisan purposes.