Just when you thought politics couldn’t get any sillier, Clive Palmer and US rock band Twisted Sister come to the rescue.
Palmer’s political comeback hit a nerve with the band, who have accused the former MP of using one of their songs without permission.
Less than a week into 2019, and we’re already back to time-wasting politics.
A scandal without substance
As the Australia Associated Press report, Twisted Sister are claiming that their 1980s hit ‘We’re Not Gonna Take it’ gave Palmer the inspiration for his TV advertisement endorsing his United Australia Party.
And in their mind, inspiration is enough to receive royalties on their decades-old tune.
‘We are contacting our legal team to address this and if that doesn’t work… I’LL BE DOWN UNDER IN THREE WEEKS TO DEAL WITH IT MYSELF!’ Dee Snider, the band’s frontman, tweeted.
While the tune is familiar, Palmer’s rendition has rewritten lyrics saying ‘Australia ain’t gonna cop it, no Australia’s not gonna cop it. Aussies not gonna cop it…’. Palmer insists he holds the copyright to these words he wrote himself:
‘If they (Twisted Sister) attempt to use my lyrics in any of their songs, I’ll not hesitate to take legal proceedings against them.
‘As foreigners they should stay out of Australian domestic politics and stay where they are.’
A publicity move
Twisted Sister plan to tour Melbourne and Sydney from the end of January.
Palmer equates the tour as the motivation behind the band’s desire to spark this hollow scandal, in an effort to increase publicity for the dated band.
‘I understand their current proposed tour has been slow to sell tickets,’ he said.
‘This is understandable given how long ago they had any influence in the world of music.’
Ouch…what a burn.
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