Wisconsin Congressman and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan has recently taken to playing Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” at campaign events. However, this anthem will no longer be featured at his rallies.
Like many conservatives who choose to play rock songs at events during the campaign season, Mr. Ryan has been asked to stop using the song. The campaign has agreed, emailing the Associated Press “We’re Not Gonna Play It anymore.”
Jay Jay French, Twisted Sister’s guitarist, said politicians have used the song without permission previously. He said two tea party candidates were asked to stop using the same song after Twisted Sister voiced objections.
“We understand it’s a protest song, but the use of our particular version of this song connotes our support,” Mr. French said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “We are absolutely opposed to this Republican ticket and to a social agenda we find particularly disturbing.”
Band member Dee Snider also voiced strong opinions about the campaign’s use of the song.
“I emphatically denounce Paul Ryan’s use of my band Twisted Sister’s song ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It,’ in any capacity,” he said, according to Rolling Stone. “There is almost nothing he stands for that I agree with except the use of the P90X.”
Earlier in the campaign season, Cyndi Lauper requested that the Romney campaign stop using her song “True Colors” in a television commercial. She said no one had asked her permission to use the song for political purposes. The campaign was also asked to stop using a song by the Silversun Pickups it inadvertently played at a campaign event earlier this month.
During the 2008 campaign, Republican presidential nominee John McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin was criticized by the Wilson sisters for using Heart’s “Barracuda.”
Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann upset rocker Tom Petty by playing his hit “American Girl” last spring, and it wasn’t the first time he had a song used without his permission. George W. Bush used his “I Won’t Back Down” during the 2000 campaign season, resulting in Mr. Petty demanding that the song not be played at Bush campaign events.
Mr. Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” was not the only song Mr. Bush was asked to stop playing during his campaigns. Several artists denounced his use of their music. Such songs included Sting’s “Brand New Day” and “Still the One” by Orleans. Both artists supported Democrats in the past.