Clive Palmer has hit back at US metal band Twisted Sister after accusations the Australian politician ripped off one of their hit songs, threatening legal action unless he stopped.
New York’s finest outfit took to twitter on Monday to declare the controversial Australian business magnate-turn-politician had ripped off their 1980s hit ‘We’re not gonna take it’ in advertisements for his new political band, the United Australia Party.
In the United Australia Party’s made-for-television advertisements, a vocalist sings:
“Australia ain’t gonna cop it, no Australia’s not gonna cop it, Aussies not gonna cop it anymore.”
The Twisted Sister’s original sees lead singer Dee Snider singing:
“Oh we’re not gonna take it, no we ain’t gonna take it, oh we’re not gonna take it any more.”
“This use is unauthorised, and we will do our best to stop it,” said lead guitarist and band manager of the heavy metal band, John ‘Jay Jay’ French in a statement, admitting they had no idea who Mr Palmer was.
“Never heard of him and was never informed of Clive Palmer’s use of a re-written version of our song.”
Mr Palmer swung back in a statement provided to 9News.com.au claiming he “wrote the words personally that appear on our [UAP] promotion and hold the copyright for those words.”
“If they attempt to use my lyrics in any of their songs, I’ll not hesitate to take legal proceedings against them.”
He then took aim at Snider saying the Rockstar’s upcoming tour “has been slow to sell tickets.”
“As foreigners they should stay out of Australian domestic politics and stay where they are. Aussies are no going to cop it at all!!!”
We’re Not Gonna Take It peaked at number six in Australia in 1984. Twisted Sister toured the country in 1985 and front man Snider is returning to Australia to perform four shows in Melbourne and Sydney.
Snider issued an ultimatum to Mr Palmer yesterday.
“We are contacting our legal team to address this,” he wrote on Twitter.
“And if that doesn’t work … I’LL BE DOWN UNDER IN THREE WEEKS TO DEAL WITH IT MYSELF!