According to MusicWeek.com, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has concluded a deal with TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider to acquire his Snidest Music music publishing catalog of 69 songs, including the classic TWISTED SISTER rock anthems “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock”.
The songs in the catalog have been featured in numerous national commercials, films, television and the Broadway musical “Rock Of Ages”, which currently has residency at the Venetian in Las Vegas.
UMPG previously administered the copyrights in the U.S. and Canada.
“We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “Stay Hungry” were the biggest hit single and album, respectively, in TWISTED SISTER’s career. Snider said “We’re Not Gonna Take It” is now part of America’s cultural fabric.
“It’s become like a folk song. It’s a traditional song now. It has a simple message that’s applicable to everything from sports teams to politics. I even once heard about the song being used by people protesting the development of commercial property,” he said.
The song’s lyrics say in part “Oh you’re so condescending/Your gall is never ending/We don’t want nothin’/Not a thing from you.”
“We’re Not Gonna Take It” has been used in commercials for hotel chain Extended Stay America, Claritin, Walmart, Stanley Steamer and Yaz birth control.
Pictured from left to right: Jody Gerson, UMPG Chairman and CEO; Dee Snider; Phil Carson, manager for Dee Snider; and Linda Newmark, UMPG Executive Vice President, head of acquisitions & strategic projects.