Music: Twisted Sister

I Wanna Rock! (ROCK!)

Twisted Sister is an American Heavy Metal band from New York City. Their work fuses the shock tactics of Alice Cooper, the rebellious mood of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, and the extravagant image of glam rock bands such as the New York Dolls and KISS, notably the makeup. Musically, the band implements elements of traditional heavy metal bands such as Judas Priest, 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.

A.J. Pero passed away in his sleep on March 20, 2015 while on tour with Adrenaline Mob. Mike Portnoy was tapped to replace him, but the band will not continue on without Pero. Several farewell shows for 2015 and a 2016 farewell tour are planned.

Twisted Sister videos include:

Discography

  • Under the Blade (1982)
  • You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll (1983)
  • Stay Hungry (1984)
  • Come Out and Play (1985)
  • Love Is for Suckers (1987)
  • Still Hungry (2004)
  • A Twisted Christmas (2006)

Twisted Sister has examples of:

  • Animated Music Video
  • Author Existence Failure: Once A.J. Pero died, the band decided to call it a career (aside from farewell concerts with a guest drummer).
  • Berserk Button: 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).
  • Careful With That Axe: "You can't escape from the bed you've made; when your time has come, you'll accept the..... BBBLLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAADE!!!"
  • Christmas Songs: The album A Twisted Christmas.
  • Cover Version: "Leader Of The Pack" by The Shangri-Las.
  • Determinator: "Stay Hungry".
  • '80s Hair: One of the most blatant examples, which they keep alive in the 21st century.
  • The Eighties
  • Hair Metal
  • Heavy Meta: "I Wanna Rock".
  • Heavy Metal
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Compare Dee Snider in the above photo, and how he looks now.
  • I Am the Band: Jay-Jay French started the band, but Dee Snider is Twisted Sister.
  • Instant Convertible: Happens to the girl's car in the music video for "Leader of the Pack".
  • Large Ham: Just look at the above picture!
    • The teacher in the music video for "I Wanna Rock".
  • Long Runner Line Up: 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 remained together ever since the reformation in 2003 (not counting brief reunions in-between) until the drummer died in 2015.
  • The Neidermeyer: Played by the Trope Namer himself in the videos for "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock".
  • Non-Actor Vehicle: Snider wrote and produced Strangeland about a psychopath obsessed with body modification. It was truly the first horror film in the "Torture" genre.
  • Notable Music Videos: "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock" were early MTV classics.
  • Popcultural Osmosis
  • Promoted Fanboy: Mike Portnoy. Sadly, it was not under the best of circumstances.
  • Repurposed Pop Song: "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.
  • Revolving Door Band: From 1972 to 1987, they had four guitarists (Jay Jay French was a constant, but they also had three others), three lead singers, two bassists, and eight drummers.
  • Scary Musician, Harmless Music: 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 PMRC hearing in the Senate.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: 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"
  • Shout-Out: The spoken line "You're all worthless and weak!", heard in the background of "We're Not Gonna Take It", is a quote from Animal House, said by Doug Neidermeyer to his subordinates in ROTC. The band's music videos take it a step farther: Neidermeyer's actor, Mark Metcalf, actually appears in the videos for both "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock", with Stephen Furst (Kent Dorfman) playing the high school principal in the latter. Around half of Metcalf's dialogue in the skit portion of "We're Not Gonna Take It" is taken from Animal House, and his wife even calls him "Douglas C." when trying to calm him down. Yeah, it's safe to say that Dee and the boys are fans.
    • The ending of "Love Is For Suckers" shouts out to an old commercial jingle for Dr. Pepper.
    I'm a sucker, you're a sucker, he's a sucker, she's a sucker,
    Wouldn't you like to be a sucker, too?
    Be a sucker...love is for suckers.
  • Slapstick: A prominant part of the videos for "I Wanna Rock" and "We're Not Gonna Take It".
  • Stage Names: Daniel "Dee" Snider, John "Jay Jay" French Segall, Eddie "Fingers" Ojeda, Mark "The Animal" Mendoza (born Mark Glickman) and Anthony Jude "A. J." Pero
  • Sticky Bomb/Throw the Pin: In the music video for "I Wanna Rock", The Neidermeyer 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.
  • Title Track: Under The Blade, You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll, Stay Hungry, Come Out And Play, and Love Is For Suckers.
  • Villainous Crossdresser