A 1984 heavy metal song with an entertaining video incorporating some slapstick comedy was used by 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate, Paul Ryan on the campaign trail.
The song helped spur the creation of the Parents Music Resource Center, led by Tipper Gore, later herself to be second lady to VP Al Gore. This was the nanny organization concerned about violent lyrics.
Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider asked Ryan not to use the tune, since he is not a supporter. A Ryan staffer said, “We’re not gonna play it anymore.” Ha ha.
It is yet another example of politicians not getting clearance for using popular songs when running for political office. Mind you, would they ask knowing full well a “No” response would come?
Nonetheless the song extolls the pleasures of freedom, and in this way is a fit for the Republican campaign that has been opposing the government expansion policies of Democrat President Barack Obama.