Clive Palmer Dragged By Twisted Sister For Using Their Song In His Political Ads
The new year is only two days old, but we've already got a contender for one of the weirdest political scuffles of the year.
It's Clive Palmer -- controversial mining magnate, former federal MP and now aspiring political candidate -- versus Twisted Sister, the iconic '80s metal band, and we're ready for it.
Palmer is currently trying to kickstart another run at federal parliament, under the banner of his new United Australia Party. You've probably seen some of his huge yellow billboards out and about, or his loud and repeated ads on TV.
And that's where this unlikely brouhaha has stemmed from, with the American band objecting to the mangling of their big hit 'We're Not Gonna Take It' in a few UAP ads.
In one ad posted on Youtube, a cover of the song with the lyrics "Australia ain't gonna cop it" is heard.
After fans brought it to the attention of members of Twisted Sister, the band spoke out on Twitter, blasting Palmer and distancing themselves from him.
Frontman Dee Snider posted several tweets, claiming the band did not approve of Palmer's UAP using their song, and that the band would be seeking legal advice.
Guitar player Jay Jay French said the band had not received any money for the use of their hit song in the ads, claiming they had "never heard of him".
In a statement to 10 daily, Palmer defended his party's use of the song.
"I wrote the words personally that appear on our promotion and hold the copyright for those words," he said.
"I understand [the band's] current proposed tour has been slow to sell tickets. This is understandable given how long ago they had any influence in the world of music. It’s been a long time between rock 'n' roll drinks."
"As foreigners they should stay out of Australian domestic politics and stay where they are."
Snider posted a series of tweets in relation to UAP's use of the song, claiming he opposed Palmer due to the fact he and the party are "NOT pro choice".
In another tweet. Snider alluded to Palmer as an "ass".
Snider begins an Australian speaking tour at the end of January.
It is not the first time Palmer has been dragged by an international band, with British act Chumbawamba demanding he stop using their hit song 'Tub Thumping' in a 2018 ad.
Palmer has not yet officially announced he will run for federal office, but is the face of his UAP party. His billboards and TV ads have been running for months, having ramped up after former One Nation senator Brian Burston defected to the party in 2018.
Palmer was formerly the federal MP for Fairfax, in Queensland, from 2013 to 2016. He won the race by a very slim margin, and did not contest the 2016 poll after a chequered few years in federal parliament where he was criticised for regularly failing to appear in the chamber during sitting weeks, and further criticism over the shuttering of his mine at Yabulu in Queensland.
The businessman claimed in mid-2018 he wanted to reopen the mine, but it remains closed.
Palmer has also faced repeated questioning and court action over his business interests and what he owed to former employees of his company Queensland Nickel.
The company went into administration in 2015, and numerous workers claim they are still owed thousands of dollars in unpaid wages. The federal government was forced to intervene and provide tens of millions in payments to workers left out of pocket.
A court case over the QNI collapse will run into mid-2019.