Twisted Sister Wages Trademark War with Minneapolis Food Truck Owners [AWESOME ’80S WEEKEND]
In a development that should prompt widespread use of the phrase “not gonna take it,” Twisted Sister‘s management team has begun a concerted effort to prevent businesses from sharing the band’s name — even if they’re as obviously unrelated as, say, a food truck in Minnesota.
Blabbermouth picked up on the story, first reported by the CBS affiliate in Minneapolis, where unfortunately named food truck owner Wesley Kaake says he’s being strong-armed into changing the name of his business, the Twisted Sister House Of Hunger.
“I don’t know how somebody can get a 20 foot aluminum box mixed up with an ’80s rock band,” Kaake’s partner Cody Allen told reporters. Added Kaake, “I cried. I really did. I was just in shock … They want us to pull all existence of ourselves from the Internet, all advertising. It’s a big list of demands.”
Once he dried his tears, Kaake says he looked into the matter, and discovered that the band has been going after a number of other businesses — including the Virginia bakery Twisted Sisters Cupcakes — and that steeled his resolve. As he put it, “After talking with five other companies across the country as well as one in Serbia who have received a letter from them, we may not be so eager to back down and take it.” (See? What did we tell you about that “take it” stuff?)
Laudable as Allen and Kaake’s fighting spirit might be, precedent seems to be on Twisted Sister’s side. In a number of other lawsuits — including a well-publicized case from the early aughts that found the BoDeans suing a Boston brew company — bands have emerged victorious against their namesakes. For what it’s worth, frontman Dee Snider says he has nothing to do with any of this; as he tweeted to his followers, “I don’t control the name. Honestly!”