Clive Palmer has attracted the ire of hair-metal band Twisted Sister after the Queensland businessman and political hopeful used a rewritten version of 1980s hit We’re Not Gonna Take It in political advertisements for the United Australia Party.
The ads, being circulated on Facebook and YouTube, use the familiar song tune with the lyrics rewritten as: “Australia ain’t gonna cop it, no Australia’s not gonna cop it. Aussies not gonna cop it…”
Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French took to Twitter to distance the band from Mr Palmer.
“Twisted Sister does not endorse Australian politician Clive Palmer, never heard of him and was never informed of Clive Palmer’s use of a re-written version of our song We’re Not Gonna Take It,” he wrote.
“We receive no money from its use and we are investigating how we can stop it.”
The band’s frontman Dee Snider took those comments further.
“No we do not endorse @PalmerUtdParty! We are contacting our legal team to address this,” he wrote.
“If that doesn’t work … I’ll be down under in three weeks to deal with it myself!”
The singer and TV personality is coming to Australia to play a limited run of shows, including an evening of being interviewed on stage for an “in-depth look at the man himself”.
When approached for comment, Mr Palmer told ABC News via text message he “wrote the words”.
“Old rocker who can not sell enough tickets to their last gig need publicity,” he said.
“No communication from their lawyers. I own the copyright for my own lyrics.”