Twisted Sister Frontman Takes Aim At Clive Palmer In Court

20 October 2020 | 5:39 pm | Staff Writer

The band's lawsuit against the Australian politician hit court on Monday.

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Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider took aim at Clive Palmer when fronting court today in the band’s lawsuit against the Australian politician.

As Sydney Morning Herald reports, Snider told a Sydney court the re-written version of their hit We're Not Gonna Take It used by Palmer in a TV campaign for the United Australia Party back in 2019 was “awful" and "misrepresented" the song.

Snider also said that Palmer’s use of the track was “not good” for his heavy metal image.

Palmer’s lawyers claimed that his use of the song falls into "satire or parody", while also suggesting that the melody of We're Not Gonna Take It is based on O Come, All Ye Faithful, however, Snider stated that the songs had different rhythms and the band’s hit single only drew inspiration from the classic hymn.

When the trial commenced on Monday, it was revealed that the advertisements featuring the song in question were broadcast 18,649 times on free-to-air television and had been watched millions of times on YouTube.

Twisted Sister are seeking damages and aggravated damages over Palmer’s use of We're Not Gonna Take It, as well as his alleged continued refusal to cease using the track.

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