The lead singer of an American rock band which has accused Clive Palmer of using one of their songs without permission says being linked to the mining magnate has made him look bad.
Twisted Sister say Mr Palmer used their 1980s hit We’re Not Gonna Take It as inspiration for the song used in a television advertisement for his United Australia Party.
But Mr Palmer says the song was actually a rip-off of the Christmas carol O Come, All Ye Faithful.
Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider says the political hopeful has not only broken the law by not paying required royalties but made him look bad.
‘As I’ve looked into Clive’s thing, he does not represent what I represent,’ Snider told Nine’s Today on Wednesday.
‘I mean, the first line of the song is ‘we’ve got the right to choose’. That’s a big deal to me. I stand by freedom of choice for everybody and from what I discovered about his stance, he’s not pro-choice.’
Snider said Mr Palmer approached the band’s publishing company seeking a licence to use the song but never paid for it after they provided the price.
The publisher is suing Mr Palmer and Snider isn’t worried about the businessman’s threats to counter-sue.
‘It is theft of services, basically, and it is going on to the courts,’ Snider said.
Snider believes the promotion has been good for ticket sales for Twisted Sister’s current Australian tour.
But he would have preferred to go without it.
‘I would pass on it and deal without it, rather than have that SOB using (the song).’