Paul Ryan has pulled the plug on Twisted Sister’s 1984 hit We’re Not Gonna Take It after the band’s frontman denounced the Republican vice-presidential running mate, who used the song at a Pennsylvania rally.
Dee Snider asked that the rebellious rock anthem be disassociated from the political campaign, saying there is “almost nothing” Ryan stands for that he agrees with.
“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 in a statement posted to the Talking Points Memo website.
His sentiments elicited a curt response from the Ryan camp.
“We’re not gonna play it anymore,” spokesman Brandon Buck wrote in an email.
The well-known song includes lyrics like “We’ve got the right to choose and there ain’t no way we’ll lose it.”
“This is our life, this is our song. We’ll fight the powers-that-be, just don’t pick our destiny ‘cause you know don’t know us. You don’t belong.”
Another part of the song declares, “We’re right, we’re free, we’ll fight, you’ll see.”