This is the time of any presidential election cycle when the general public starts paying a little attention. It’s also the time when it becomes painfully obvious just how little attention many politicos pay to their choice of music.
This time it’s Dee Snider and Twisted Sister that have a problem with the Ryan camp.
Snider, who among other things hosted a local radio show on WMRQ in Hartford, issued a statement requesting the Ryan campaign to stop using the song “We’re Not Gonna Take It” at political rallies:
Statement Issued from Dee Snider and His management company:It was brought to the attention of the management today that Paul Ryan has been using tour client Dee Snider’s composition “We’re Not Gonna Take It” in his political campaign to become the Vice President of The United States of America. Dee does not support Paul Ryan. Accordingly, Dee has released this statement to Benjy Sarlin, campaign reporter for TPM in Washington, DC: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.Dee Snider
At least Dee found common ground on the P90X. All things considered, a Republican vice presidential candidate may not want to be synonymous with a cross-dressing hair metal band.
This has been a bad week in music for Romney/Ryan. Ryan was slammed for the irony of his musical taste by Tom Morello, who wrote a scathing op-ed in Rolling Stone after hearing Ryan named Rage Against The Machine his favorite band. Silversun Pickups requested their song “Panic Switch” not be used at rallies as well.
Despite all the hype of being potentially the first Gen-Xer on a presidential ticket, Ryan would likely not fit in with the Reality Bites crowd.
The political website Talking Points Memo reports “We’re Not Gonna Take It” was used to introduce Ryan before a campaign stop in Pennsylvania. Associated Press reported that “Panic Switch” was used as background music during the event setup. It is likely that song was not screened in the same way as Twisted Sisters’.
Of course these weren’t the first instances of a patriotic-sounding or exciting song was used in a way that was not intended, and it won’t be the last.
At least it’s better than hearing “Celebration” and “We Are Family” at every rally…
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