Twisted Sister‘s Dee Snider has slammed Paul Ryan, the man recently chosen by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as his running mate.
During a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Tuesday (August 21), Ryan opted to play the hair metallers’ 1984 hit single ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’, something Snider and his bandmates have not taken kindly to.
In a statement issued about Ryan’s use of the track, the band’s frontman said: “I emphatically denounce Paul Ryan’s use of my band Twisted Sister’s song ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ in any capacity. There is almost nothing he stands for that I agree with except the use of the (home exercise regime) P90X.”
This is the second time in recent weeks that a band has spoken out after one of their tracks was used by the Romney campaign. Alt rockers Silversun Pickups issued a cease-and-desist order against Romney after he used their track ‘Panic Switch’ as part of his campaign.
“We don’t like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don’t like the Romney campaign,” singer and guitarist Brian Aubert said in a statement. “We’re nice, approachable people. We won’t bite. Unless you’re Mitt Romney!”
He added that the group had been “very close to just letting this go because the irony was too good.” However, “while he is inadvertently playing a song that describes his whole campaign, we doubt that ‘Panic Switch’ really sends the message he intends,” he said.
Ryan himself was recently strongly criticised by Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who said that even though he’d heard Ryan was a fan of the band, he considered him to be “the embodiment of the machine our music rages against”.