TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider will perform the group's '80s smash song "We're Not Gonna Take It" at an Arnold Schwarzenegger rally on Sunday (October 5) in Sacramento.
Schwarzenegger's campaign made the announcement Tuesday (September 30) that the song was selected to be the California gubernatorial candidate's official campaign anthem.
"It is a fabulous song, like a theme song for our campaign. People really connect to it," Schwarzenegger said in a statement.
"I was very inspired by Schwarzenegger," Snider said in a statement. "I've admired him since his bodybuilding days. He said he wanted to become the world's greatest bodybuilder, become a famous Hollywood actor, become a millionaire businessman and always planned on going into politics. He made these goals a reality."
Snider's admiration for Schwarzenegger extended to naming "Stay Hungry" after Arnold's personal life philosophy and the 1976 movie of the same name. In "Stay Hungry", which also starred Jeff Bridges and Sally Field, Schwarzenegger portrayed a bodybuilder. It was one of his first serious film roles.
"He was such an inspiration for 'Stay Hungry' now things seem to have come full circle," Snider says.
"We sent him a platinum album award for 'Stay Hungry' but he apparently never received it. But then I interviewed him a few years ago for my radio show and he didn't know that we dedicated the record to him, so this time we sent him a triple platinum 'Stay Hungry' award! He was promoting 'End of Days' when I did the interview but he calling from a satellite phone in the jungle in South America because he was filming 'Collateral Damage' at the time."
"We're Not Gonna Take It" and "Stay Hungry" were the biggest hit single and album, respectively, in TWISTED SISTER's career. Snider says "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 says.
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."
"The song is meant to pump up the crowd and I think it reflects the sentiment of voters who are tired of Gray Davis' ugly politics and endless stories of campaign corruption," said Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Karen Hanretty.