Everlast is demanding Donald Trump stop using his House of Pain anthem “Jump Around” at the Republican presidential candidate’s rallies, threatening a cease-and-desist order and angrily distancing himself from the billionaire businessman, whom he calls the “race baiting, ignorant, divisive and potentially dangerous sociopath.”
The Valley Stream native took to social media Monday to complain about the connection. “Using my copywritten work to represent any part of his campaign is akin to stealing,” Everlast, born Erik Schrody, wrote on Facebook. “They knew damn well they needed to clear the song to use it. They didn’t ask. Why not? Maybe because they knew the answer already and went ahead anyway. That’s copyright infringement and theft.”
Trump’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
Initially, Everlast threatened Trump, saying on Instagram, “I would love to meet you and smack that comb over right off your scalp, you [expletive]!” However, he later walked his comments back on Facebook, writing, “I will say I regret letting my anger get the best of me and resorting to name calling and threatening to smack him. In my anger and dislike for the man and his tactics I wound up sounding just like him and that I regret.”
Not all New York artists are against Trump using their music, though. Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider says Trump has his permission to use “We’re Not Gonna Take It” at rallies.
“He called and he asked, which I appreciated,” Snider told Canadian Business. “I said, ‘Look, we don’t see eye to eye on everything — there are definitely issues that we’re far apart on.’ But thinking back to when I wrote the song and what the song is about, it’s about rebellion, speaking your mind and fighting the system. If anybody’s doing that, he sure is. Trump and Bernie Sanders are the two extremes. They’re raising holy hell and shaking everything up. That’s what ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ is about.”