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->''I Wanna Rock! '''(ROCK!)'''''

Twisted Sister is an American {{Music/Heavy Metal}} band from UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. Their work fuses the shock tactics of Music/AliceCooper, the rebellious mood of the NewWaveOfBritishHeavyMetal, and the extravagant image of glam rock bands such as the Music/NewYorkDolls and Music/{{KISS}}, notably the makeup. Musically, the band implements elements of traditional heavy metal bands such as Music/JudasPriest, along with a style that is similar to early glam metal bands. The band is generally categorized as glam metal for their earlier work, although the band does not consider themselves to be so.

Although the band was formed by guitarist Jay Jay French in December 1972, all of their songs were written by Dee Snider from 1976 onward. Twisted Sister's most well-known hits include "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock", both popularized by regular airplay on {{MTV}} in the 1980s. Many of the band's songs explore themes of parent vs. child conflicts and criticisms of the educational system.

'''A Twisted Christmas''' is a Christmas album from Twisted Sister, released on October 17, 2006. The genesis of this album was the group was looking for something new to do. One of them mentitoned an idea for a Christmas album. Dee Snider said that he made "We're Not Gonna Take It" melody taken from "Come All Ye Faithful". Thus was born the idea of making metal versions of Christmas songs. Originally this album was going to be Twisted Sister's swan song but it was unexpectedly popular with fans and critics. They are currently working on a DVD.

Twisted Sister videos include:

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xmckWVPRaI We're Not Gonna Take It]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmEfFlbqbbY Come All Ye Faithful]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRwrg0db_zY I Wanna Rock]]
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!!Twisted Sister has examples of:

* AnimatedMusicVideo
* BerserkButton: Snider hates being associated with pop metal, or at the very least, has very little respect for the subgenre at large, which he has very notably nicknamed "happy metal". Especially the growing tendency towards acoustic power ballads.
** In fact, he classifies his band under the genre name "hid-metal", coined by Snider himself ("hid" standing for ''hideous'', as opposed to glam).
* CarefulWithThatAxe: ''"You can't escape from the bed you've made; when your time has come, you'll accept the..... '''BBBLLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAADE!!!"'''''
* ChristmasSongs: The album ''A Twisted Christmas''.
* {{Determinator}}: "Stay Hungry".
* EightiesHair: One of the most blatant examples, which they keep alive in the 21st century.
* TheEighties
* HairMetal
* HeavyMeta: "I Wanna Rock".
* Music/HeavyMetal
* IAmTheBand: Jay-Jay French started the band, but Dee Snider ''is'' Twisted Sister.
* LargeHam: Just look at the above picture!
** The teacher in the music video for "I Wanna Rock". And ''how''.
* LongRunnerLineUp: The guys in the page image played together only for four years originally (when the drummer joined in 1982, and when he left for his former band in 1986) but have been together ever since the reformation in 2003 (not counting brief reunions in-between).
* TheNeidermeyer: Played by the TropeNamer himself in the videos for "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock".
** ActorAllusion: The "I Wanna Rock" video also features a cameo by [[Film/AnimalHouse Kent "Flounder" Dorfman]].
* NonActorVehicle: Snider wrote and produced ''[=Strangeland=]'' about a psychopath obsessed with body modification. It was truly the first horror film in the "Torture" genre.
* NotableMusicVideos: "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock" were early {{MTV}} classics.
* PopculturalOsmosis
* RepurposedPopSong: ''We're Not Gonna Take It'' remains popular at sporting events, political rallies, and protests and has even been used in television commercials. Which makes sense, since Dee Snider dedicated the song to all the assholes he had to deal with.
* ScaryMusicianHarmlessMusic: Everyone looks hideous but the music is standard rock fare. Dee Snider is even known for his prowess in public speaking, such as the 1986 [[MoralGuardians PMRC]] hearing in the Senate.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: From "We're Not Gonna Take It":
--> "Oh you're so condescending\\
Your gall is neverending\\
We don't want nothing, not a thing from you\\
Your life is trite and jaded\\
Boring and confiscated\\
If that's your best, your best won't do"
* {{Slapstick}}: A prominant part of the videos for "I Wanna Rock" and "We're Not Gonna Take It".
* StageNames: Daniel "Dee" Snider, John "Jay Jay" French Segall, Eddie "Fingers" Ojeda, Mark "The Animal" Mendoza (born Mark Glickman) and Anthony Jude "A. J." Pero
* StickyBomb[=/=]ThrowThePin: In the music video for "I Wanna Rock", TheNeidermeyer teacher tries to stop the band by throwing a grenade at them, but he ends up throwing the pin, and the grenade gets stuck on his hand, so he jumps into the school swimming pool to try defusing it, but ends up getting blasted upward, hitting his head on the diving board
* VillainousCrossdresser
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