Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has revealed that Donald Trump has been using the band’s track ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ as a campaign rally closer with the permission of the band.
The two have a history, with Trump having fired Snider on American reality show Celebrity Apprentice back in 2013.
Talking to Canadian Business, Snider said:
“He [Trump] called and he asked, which I appreciated. I said, ‘Look, we don’t see eye to eye on everything — there are definitely issues that we’re far apart on.’ But thinking back to when I wrote the song and what the song is about, it’s about rebellion, speaking your mind and fighting the system. If anybody’s doing that, he sure is.”
Snider continued: “Trump and Bernie Sanders are the two extremes. They’re raising holy hell and shaking everything up. That’s what ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ is about. And we’re friends. I have spent time with Donald and his family. I don’t think either of us expected that we would like each other, but you know, Donald Trump is a pretty chill guy.”
“He’s a frontman. When that camera goes on, he furls his brow, he does his thing. Off-camera he’s very self-deprecating. He makes jokes about being too orange and about his hair.”
Several other acts have been objecting to Trump’s use of their music. R.E.M‘s Michael Stipe said “go fuck yourselves, the lot of you – you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men. Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.”
Blur‘s Damon Albarn called Trump “a chump” on stage in New York recently, while the political candidate revealed a little of his own taste by attending an Adele show in the city.