Australian Politician Ordered To Pay $1.2 Million After Losing Twisted Sister Copyright Case

According to The Guardian, Australian politician Clive Palmer has lost a copyright case involving the unauthorized use of Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Palmer will now be required to pay AUS$1.5 million (approximately $1.17 million) in damages.

This news comes after Palmer changed “We’re Not Gonna Take It” to “Aussies Not Gonna Cop It” in 2019 as part of a political campaign. Since he didn’t get permission to use the track, Universal Music filed a copyright lawsuit in February 2020. Ultimately, the case went before federal court justice Anna Katzmann, who ruled that Palmer’s song was a “substantial” reproduction of “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”

Palmer tried to argue that Twisted Sister made the song by ripping off “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” but that argument didn’t pan out. A representative for the politician also claimed that the campaign did try to get the rights to the song, but they didn’t pursue things further due to a AU$150,000 fee. Katzmann commented:

“I do not accept that Mr Palmer honestly believed at any relevant time that his use of the copyright works was lawful.”

Dee Snider also commented on Twitter:

Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French To Release New Book “Twisted Business: Lessons From My Life In Rock ‘N’ Roll” In September

Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French has announced that his new book “Twisted Business: Lessons From My Life In Rock ‘N’ Roll” will be released on September 21 via RosettaBooks. That effort is being described as a “’bizoir’: part memoir and part business primer.”

Here’s a synopsis for the book [via Amazon]:

“Jay Jay French—founder, guitarist, and manager of the world-famous heavy metal band Twisted Sister—delivers his “bizoir”: part memoir and part business primer.

In addition to founding Twisted Sister, a world-famous heavy metal band that has sold more than 20 million records worldwide, Jay Jay French is one of the top entrepreneurs in entertainment. After taking over as manager in the ‘70s, French developed Twisted Sister into the most heavily licensed heavy metal band in history, leading the group to perform more than 9,000 shows in forty countries.

Part business book, part memoir, Twisted Business is an unexpected, inspiring, whirlwind story of transformation and redemption. Twisted Business follows French’s adventure-filled life—from growing up in New York City in the sixties, to working as a drug dealer and struggling as an addict before quitting cold-turkey, and finally, to creating and cultivating Twisted Sister and turning it into one of the most successful brands in the world.

Together with his mentor, Steve Farber, a best-selling author and one of the world’s top leadership and management experts, French offers unique, hard-earned tips and advice from his nearly 50 years as a musician, music business manager, and entrepreneur. French shows how, through tenacity, grit, and dedication, anyone can create their own brand, grow a successful business, re-invent themselves, or simply find success in what they love to do. Entertaining, provocative, funny, and informative, this book is the trip of a lifetime and a treasured guide for entrepreneurs, business people, and music fans alike.”

Dee Snider On The Possibility Of A Twisted Sister Reunion: “I Would Absolutely Reunite With The Guys For A Song Or Two For A Charity Or For A Moment”

During an appearance on “Lipps Service With Scott Lipps,” Dee Snider was asked about the possibility of a Twisted Sister reunion. The frontman responded with the following:

“We’ve been on the same page with this. I would absolutely reunite with the guys for a song or two for a charity or for a moment. If [Jimmy] Fallon called up and said — he’s a big Twisted fan — ‘Hey, would you guys come on [my] show and do one of your Christmas songs?’ or whatever, I would love to. Go out and do a 90[-minute] or two-hour set as Twisted Sister again? I don’t see that happening. I’m getting a pretty great response [as a solo artist]. I broke into the Top 20 with my last [solo] album, ‘For The Love Of Metal’, which shocked the hell out of Taylor Swift and Kanye [West]. ‘What’s that old white guy doing up here?’ And I’m, like, ‘I don’t know. I don’t know what happened. But people like the new record. It took quite a bit to find my place in the [metal] community [as a solo artist], so I’m staying the course now.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Watch Trailer For “Twisted Sister: Breaking The Band”

A new trailer has been released for “Twisted Sister: Breaking The Band.” That show will premiere tomorrow (February 6) at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT on Reelz. Here’s a description of it:

“In 1984, Twisted Sister were one of the biggest heavy metal bands on the planet with the world at their feet. After a decade battling to get to the top, this Long Island bar band were hailed as the new rock gods of MTV but their crash and burn would be spectacular! Told by the band themselves and their lead singer, the voice of ‘Breaking The Band’, Dee Snider. This is a cautionary tale of how ego, overexposure and intra-band tension would rip the group apart. Revealing the true story behind the split of rock and roll’s most outrageous, heavily made up and beloved acts, this is ‘Breaking The Band’: Twisted Sister.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Jay Jay French Says Twisted Sister Are “Fondling The Idea Of Recording A Couple Of New Songs” For 15th Anniversary Reissue Of “A Twisted Christmas”

During a recent interview with Goldmine, Jay Jay French revealed that Twisted Sister are thinking about recording “a couple of new songs” for a 15th anniversary edition of “A Twisted Christmas.” The guitarist said the following when asked why the band never made another Christmas album:

“We thought about it — we thought about it years ago, and the idea petered out. But here’s the amazing thing — next year is the 15th anniversary of the Christmas album, and we’re fondling the idea of recording a couple of new songs and re-releasing it. We also may have in the vaults an instrumental of the Hallelujah chorus, which would be, if we have it, the last A.J. Pero track that we have, which would be great. So we’re looking to see if that is a practical reality.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French Discusses New Book “Twisted Business”

During a recent interview with Joe Rock of 102.3 WBAB, Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French offered more information on his new book “Twisted Business.” That effort will be released in 2021 and the guitarist says it will serve as “a business book and a memoir.”

French said the following:

“The book is gonna be fun. It’s a business book, because I ran the business of the band, and the band was a business-oriented band, which kind of runs counter to most rockers.

It’s called the music business, and people forget there’s a second word: business. People say, ‘sex, drugs, rock and roll.’ I say there’s a word missing in that description: money. So, they figure if you’re still around after sex, drugs and rock and roll, maybe there’s some money left over.”

He went on to describe the book as a “bizmoir”:

“What’s a bizmoir? It’s a business book and a memoir. Most books about business guys are bizmoirs. Because Steve Jobs can’t be Steve Jobs unless you know his story. You have to know the reason why people became the people they became.

I had to be honest in the book and explain that I became who I became because of my experiences. And the reason why we ran a business, and the reason why we were so straight, which shocks people to no end, is because I had a drug problem, and I was a drug dealer. And it was all those near-disasters that scared me straight and then turned me into this brutally straight business guy because of these other issues.”

On another note, French also talked about his new podcast “The French Connection”:

“I’m on so many podcasts, it’s insane. And finally, a podcast company said, ‘You should have your own.’ It’s called ‘The French Connection’, I’m excited about it. It’s gonna [cover] a very wide range of [topics]. It’s not music — I mean, it will be, a part of it — it has to be; it’s a big part of my life, bands and music — but it’s gonna be a lot of things. I want it to be about all the things I’m interested in and my hobbies, and health issues, ’cause I’ve certainly had enough health issues, and I certainly know a lot about certain health issues. Unfortunately, having had to experience them, you learn a lot about them. So I think from an educational standpoint, I want to educate people on prostate cancer; I wanna educate people on heart disease — I’ve had two heart procedures; I wanna educate people on uveitis, my daughter’s eye disease. So hopefully I can use it as a platform for a lot of good things.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French Planning To Release New Book And Launch New Podcast In 2021

Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French has announced that he will be releasing a new book titled “Twisted Business” in 2021. On top of that, the guitarist will also be launching a new podcast called “The French Connection.” French tweeted the following:

Akashic Books Release New Children’s Book Based On Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It”

Akashic Books have released a new children’s book based on the lyrics for Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” You can purchase that at akashicbooks.com. Here’s a description of the book:

“‘We’re Not Gonna Take It.’ is a playful picture book echoing 1980s hair band Twisted Sister’s most popular antiestablishment anthem. As part of their triple-platinum album ‘Stay Hungry,’ ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ spent fifteen weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, reaching number twenty-one. With lyrics by Dee Snider and illustrations by Margaret McCartney, this picture book follows three toddlers on a mission to defy their parents, whether it be lunchtime, bath time, or bedtime. ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ is a story both parents and children can relate to, and a song they can enjoy together.”

Dee Snider Says There Are “No Plans” For Twisted Sister To Perform Again

During a recent interview on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation”, Dee Snider was asked if Twisted Sister would ever perform live again. The frontman responded by saying that he has “no plans for it.”

Snider said the following about a potential return:

“I’ve got no plans for it. I’ve heard people [talk about it], and I just shrug my shoulders. The idea of being a hundred on that stage terrifies me.

I created a persona and a performance level for myself that I painted myself into a corner. And there’s a standard that people expect and that I expect of myself. And honestly, I’m afraid of hurting myself because my ego is too big to not thrash about.

I quietly walked away last summer, and I’m doing some KINGS OF CHAOS things this year.

I’ve got no plans on the horizon. And just the idea of a bunch of lumbering old dudes on a stage… I’m not impressed with a lot of the reunions. I won’t name names, but one that’s out there has been performing for way too long in their reunion, and they stand there at their microphones with virtually no movement at all. I was stunned to see a band that used to be all over the stage just standing there frozen in place… For my money, that’s not the memory I want people to have of me and TWISTED SISTER.

So, I have no plans. People say, ‘Never say never.’ But there’s nothing on the horizon.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider Dons “Stay Hungry” Outfit To Raise Awareness About The Wildfires In Australia

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider has shared a new video to raise awareness about the devastating wildfires in Australia. The clip finds the singer wearing his classic “Stay Hungry” outfit and it can be seen below: