We're Not Gonna Take It

"We're Not Gonna Take It"  is a song by the American band Twisted Sister from their album Stay Hungry.  It was first released as a single (with "You Can't Stop Rock & Roll" as the B-side) on April 27, 1984.  The Stay Hungry album was released two weeks later, on May 10, 1984.  The single reached No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, making it Twisted Sister's only Top 40 single.  The song was ranked No. 47 on 100 Greatest 80's Songs and No. 21 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s.  (More from Wikipedia)

It didn’t register right away, but eventually I noticed that Presidential candidate Donald Trump had the Twisted Sister song "We're Not Gonna Take Itplaying at a lot of his early rallies. Lead singer and songwriter Dee Snider personally gave Trump permission to use the song. I have written of their music video for this song before, featuring Animal House star Mark Metcalf and several lines of dialogue from the movie also. (Even the song has some of the dialogue in it).  

There was a follow-up song from Twisted Sister that is not so well known, “I Wanna Rock”. 
Both songs come from the band’s third album, Stay Hungry; Twisted Sister has released 7 studio albums, 7 live albums, and 7 retrospective albums. The band has embarked on their farewell tour that is expected to end in mid-2016
(March 2016)
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The infamous Filthy Fifteen, along with the reasons for their inclusion on the list, follow. Not only is Prince listed first on the list, he was also the songwriter for #2, Sugar Walls; and Vanity, at #4, is a one-time Prince protegé. 
1. Prince Darling Nikki (sex, masturbation) 
2. Sheena Easton – “Sugar Walls” (sex) 
3. Judas Priest – “Eat Me Alive” (sex) 
4. Vanity – “Strap on Robbie Baby” (sex) 
5. Mötley Crüe – “Bastard” (violence) 
6. AC/DC – “Let Me Put My Love Into You” (sex) 
7. Twisted Sister – "We're Not Gonna Take It"  (violence) 
8. Madonna – “Dress You Up” (sex) 
9. W.A.S.P. – “Animal (F--k Like A Beast)” (sex)
10. Def Leppard – “High 'n Dry” (drug and alcohol use) 
11. Mercyful Fate – “Into the Coven” (occult) 
12. Black Sabbath – “Trashed” (drug and alcohol use) 
13. Mary Jane Girls – “In My House” (sex) 
14. Venom – “Possessed” (occult) 
15. Cyndi Lauper She Bop  (sex, masturbation)
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Only a third of the songs on this list – "We're Not Gonna Take It", She Bop, Sugar Walls, Dress You Up, and In My House – were hits, and only the Twisted Sister number is really a signature song. Most of the Filthy Fifteen are deep album cuts that, even at the time, were likely unfamiliar to many of the fans of these bands and artists. For me, the Prince song Darling Nikki does not ring a bell; and the same goes for those by Def Leppard, Black Sabbath, Mötley Crüe, Judas Priest, and AC/DC. If this was intended as a resource to help out parents instead of just a publicity stunt, adding the album names would have saved everyone a lot of time. 
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Why "We're Not Gonna Take It" showed up at all among the Filthy Fifteen is a real puzzler, but it brought out the ire of Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, who provided the most memorable testimony at the U. S. Senate hearing that he made even more effective by dressing up for the occasion. The other two musicians who testified were Frank Zappa – at least one of the F15 alumni praised him as running interference for the whole rock industry – and John Denver. This wide-ranging trio gives some indication as to how offended rock musicians were in turn about the whole offending-lyrics business.
As quoted in the Nick Gillespie post, Dee Snider told the U. S. Senate: "You will note from the lyrics before you that there is absolutely no violence of any type either sung about or implied anywhere in the song. Now, it strikes me that the PMRC may have confused our video presentation for this song . . . with the lyrics, with the meaning of the lyrics. It is no secret that the videos often depict story lines completely unrelated to the lyrics of the song they accompany. The video 'We're Not Gonna Take It' was simply meant to be a cartoon with human actors playing variations on the Road Runner Wile E. Coyote theme. Each stunt was selected from my extensive personal collection of cartoons."
(June 2016)
Last edited: March 22, 2021