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"We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister - 


This was the song that catapulted Twisted Sister to fame. They had been struggling artists since the early '70s, but when their 1984 album Stay Hungry came out, they promoted this single with an innovative video with cartoonish violence featuring a young kid that turns into frontman Dee Snider, telling his father he's "Not gonna take it!" This video received frequent airplay on the emerging MTV, exposing Twisted Sister to an extremely large and more youthful audience. (thanks, Kristy - La Porte City, IA)
 
Twisted Sister wrote this song to the basic tune of "O Come, All Ye Faithful," later recording the song with the actual lyrics on their album A Twisted Christmas. (thanks, John - Mountain Lakes, NJ)
 
The video featured Mark Metcalf, who played Neidermeyer in the 1978 movie Animal House. Before the song starts, Metcalf comes into the kid's room and berates him, ending his tirade by asking the now-famous phrase, "what are you want do with your life"? (answer: "I wanna rock!").
 
The dialogue was written by the video's director Marty Callner, who had directed several HBO specials but never a music video. He said in the book I Want My MTV: "Atlantic Records had signed a Long Island band they didn't know what to do with, Twisted Sister. They had a song, 'We're Not Gonna Take It,' and because of my comedy and music background, they seemed like the perfect hybrid for me."
 
Mark Metcalf ended by starring in the next Twisted Sister video as well: "I Wanna Rock." He was living in Pittsburgh and only took the gig because he got a free flight to LA where he had a girlfriend. Snider, a huge Animal House fan, picked him up at the airport and they instantly bonded.
 
Mitt Romney's running mate Paul Ryan used the song during the 2012 Republican Party's presidential campaign, causing Dee Snider to air his disapproval. "I emphatically denounce Paul Ryan's use of my band Twisted Sister's song 'We're Not Gonna Take It' in any capacity," said the Twisted Sister frontman in a statement. "There is almost nothing he stands for that I agree with except the use of the [workout program] P90X."

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2190

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1984



1 Prince When Doves Cry
2 Tina Turner What's Love Got To Do With It
3 Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson Say Say Say
4 Kenny Loggins Footloose
5 Phil Collins Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)
6 Van Halen Jump
7 Lionel Richie Hello
8 Yes Owner Of A Lonely Heart
9 Ray Parker Jr. Ghostbusters
10 Culture Club Karma Chameleon

| Closed on 01/16/14 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
9 Fans 
56%a. 10 (Great song)
11%b. 7-9 (Liked that song)
11%c. 5-6 (Ok song, back in the day)
11%d. Who? What? Huh?
11%e. The only thing "We're not going to take" is that look and those clothes and wtf?

  
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#1 | 123 days ago

(Edited by Nick__)
Ahhh, the good ole days….back when MTV actually played video's!  

This was one of the top 5 video's of 1984 and was, almost, like a HS anthem for those of us in HS back then.  Kind of like the Beastie Boys "Fight For Your Right" song.

How can you go wrong with casting Neidermeyer from Animal House in your video as the d-bag that he was!  ha! yes

We used to quote the beginning of that song/video, all the time!

These guys were definitely a 1 or 2 hit wonder, with this song and "I Wanna Rock", but, I think the "Stay Hungry" album was actually pretty good back then. The song "Stay Hungry" was also a good song….well, it was back in the 80's.  laugh
10 (Great song)  
#2 | 123 days ago

HA ! ..  Great Song ! … Don't think I've ever seen the video before ..but..love it !!             yes
10 (Great song)  
#3 | 123 days ago

now don't everybody get their panties twisted (see what i did there)
but i, at one time, thought Dee Snider was actually Ted Nugent dressed in drag..
10 (Great song)  
#4 | 123 days ago

(Edited by kobe_lova)
JenX63 wrote:
now don't everybody get their panties twisted (see what i did there)
but i, at one time, thought Dee Snider was actually Ted Nugent dressed in drag..
Are you saying there is a woman in that pic?
#5 | 123 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
Are you saying there is a woman in that pic?
mmm, no  why?
10 (Great song)  
#6 | 123 days ago

JenX63 wrote:
mmm, no  why?
Is Dee Snider not a woman?!!
#7 | 123 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
Is Dee Snider not a woman?!!
HAHAHAHA…..Now, I KNOW you are kidding with that comment…..you have to be!


Does this look like a female to you?  And, I said Female, not Shemale!




here is Dee, now.

10 (Great song)  
#8 | 123 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
Is Dee Snider not a woman?!!
This is him now:
10 (Great song)  
#9 | 123 days ago

Oh, I know that dude.

This is all very confusing.
#10 | 123 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
Is Dee Snider not a woman?!!
awww, you are so adorable....heart
he is not as you can see from the answers above
but i've always wondered if flew his flag both ways
10 (Great song)  
#11 | 123 days ago

Meh, never really got into this or anything else they may or may not have made. Maybe I was too young.
The only thing "We're not going to take" is that look and those clothes and wtf?  

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