Dee Snider Went and Turned ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ Into an Anti-Cancer Ballad

In a video directed by Criss Angel

The idea of Criss Angel and Dee Snider collaborating on anything may repulse some people, but it's for a good cause. This time, anyway.

Unbeknownst to us, Criss has a cancer charity—Heal Every Life Possible, or HELP. And Dee pitched in to do just that, by recording a maudlin piano ballad version of Twisted Sister's best song, "We're Not Gonna Take It."

Since Dee is incapable of leaving the 1980s behind, the video for this new version of the song features him in white bondage pants singing in the middle of the desert, mixed in with footage of child cancer patients. It's like the cancer version of Sarah McLachlan's SPCA song.

Not to come down on it too hard, but watching the video is downright surreal. Aside from the desert being local to Angel, who lives in Las Vegas, the thought process behind the video isn't clear.

Jarring visuals aside, Dee is actually quite the philanthropist, having been turned onto it by retired pro wrestler Mick Foley. He was "unbelievably generous with his time and participation," according to Angel, who said Dee gave him the rights to use the song for nothing.

It's unfamiliar territory for me to cheer on people who refer to Long Island as "Strong Island" (they both do it!), but good for them. Seriously. This was a cool thing for them to do.

The charity's launch party will be held at Las Vegas' Luxor later in September, where Dee will perform this version of the song. David Kiefaber is a frequent contributor to Adweek's creativity blog, AdFreak.
Publish date: September 6, 2016 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT