We're Not Gonna Take It!

Protest Karaoke-Style

We're Not Gonna Take It is an interactive public art project that allows you to record your own protest songs using the telephone.

You can create a song about issues you wish to protest (such as corporate globalism, your landlord's poor repair record, or bad produce at the supermarket). You record your song by using the telephone like a karaoke machine, singing along to rock music. Your personal protest song will then be delivered to the politicians of your choosing.

Recordings 1 - 12 of 24

Date ↓ Description City Sent To
05 Jun 2006 Play Song A protest song against Canada's free trade agreement with Israel. Song by Reena Katz. Toronto David Emerson
Stephen Harper
05 Jun 2006 Play Song A protest song about a cat named Purrbella who wakes its owner up too early in the morning. Song by Tony. Toronto
05 Jun 2006 Play Song A song protesting the American NSA spy organization that listens in on phone calls between the US and Canada (including this protest song call). Song by "Mean Spirited Robots". Toronto Gordon O'Connor
Stephen Harper
05 Jun 2006 Play Song A primal scream protest song dedicated to the Bush Administration and the entire US Federal Government. Song by Tony Zito. Toronto
08 Jun 2006 Play Song A renter's rights protest song about a no good landlord who won't get rid of a racoon that lives in the attic. Song by Amos. Toronto Dalton McGuinty
David Miller
12 Jun 2006 Play Song A song that protests the fact that the bike lanes in Toronto are too skinny. Song by Eileen Finn. Toronto David Miller
17 Jun 2006 Play Song An excellent song protesting the fact that the TTC in Toronto is too expensive. Song by Alec Hawley. Toronto David Miller
Monte Solberg
17 Jun 2006 Play Song A plea for better restaurants and shopping in Toronto. Song by Jules Francisco. Toronto David Miller
24 Jun 2006 Play Song A song protesting Monty Solberg and Chris Stockwell for being anti-immigrant. Song by Mac. Toronto
24 Jun 2006 Play Song A heartfelt low-fi duet protesting sucky (American) government. Song by Patrick and Donna. Toronto Stephen Harper
25 Jun 2006 Play Song A song protesting taxes in Minnesota. Song by the "Nihilist in Golf Pants". Toronto
25 Jun 2006 Play Song A song protesting that lap dances are too expensive. Song by John. Toronto David Miller
Stephen Harper
Vic Toews

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How To Participate

1. Call the local phone number for your location. (Currently: Toronto, San Francisco, Philadelphia)
2. You'll be asked to record your name and a song dedication.
3. Record your protest song. It will be sung to the tune of Twisted Sister's We're Not Gonna Take It. You should sing along with the choruses and make up your own verses. See the lyrics to prepare your song.
4. Select one or more politicians to receive your protest song.

Created by Amos Latteier. Produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council. Music by Ralf Youtz.