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Dee Snider Got Paid HOW MUCH?!? For "I Wanna Rock" In The 2004 Spongebob Squarepants Movie

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Twisted Sister's hit "I Wanna Rock" was featured in the 2004 animated film The Spongebob Squarepants Movie with altered lyrics, which Twisted Sister vocalist Dee Snider wasn't initially too stoked about. Though Snider said in an interview with The Jeremy White Podcast that once he found out they were going to pay him $300,000 to use the song, he was a little more stoked about things. Or in his words, "I'm a whore, but I'm an expensive whore."

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"I get the call. The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie wants to use 'I Wanna Rock'. I'm, like, 'Amazing, amazing.' [They said], 'One caveat.' I said, 'What?' The management says, 'They wanna change the words to 'Goofy Goober Rock'.' And I was livid. 'Are you fucking kidding me? That's my fucking art.' … 'What? How much? Do they want me to sing it?' It was so much freakin' money. I had two kids in college. I was, like, 'I'll sing 'Goofy Goober Rock' for that number. I'm a whore, but I'm an expensive whore.' So, we did the song. They didn't ask me to sing it."

I mean, isn't that the point of the business? To sustain yourself and those surrounding you? Plus, $300,000 is $300,000.

Dee Snider will release his new album Leave A Scar on July 30. Pre-orders are available here.

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