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

Twisted Sister was an American HeavyMetal band from UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. Their work fused 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 implemented elements of traditional heavy metal bands such as Music/JudasPriest, along with a style that was similar to early glam metal bands. The band was generally categorized as glam metal for their earlier work, although the band did 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 included "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock", both popularized by regular airplay on Creator/{{MTV}} in the 1980s. Many of the band's songs explored themes of parent vs. child conflicts and criticisms of the educational system.

''A Twisted Christmas'' was 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 mentioned 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.

Drummer A.J. Pero passed away in his sleep on March 20, 2015 while on tour with Adrenaline Mob and the band stated they would not continue on without him. [[Music/DreamTheater Mike Portnoy]], previously of both bands, stood in for Pero during their farewell shows in 2015 and 2016. The band played their last ever concert on November 12, 2016.

!!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"]]

!!!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)
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!!Twisted Sister provided examples of:
* AfraidOfDoctors: "Under the Blade", which Snider wrote, was inspired by Eddie Ojeda's throat surgery.
* AlanSmithee: They performed some smaller shows under the name Bent Brother.
* AnimatedMusicVideo
* BerserkButton: Snider hated being associated with pop metal, or at the very least, had very little respect for the subgenre at large, which he very notably nicknamed "happy metal". He was especially irritated by it's growing tendency towards acoustic power ballads in the 1990s.
** In fact, he classified 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!!!"'''''
** ''"We never play anything nice and easy. We play things nice and '''TWISTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED!!!"'''''
** ''"Don't be afraid...of the'' '''''NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!!'''''"''
* ChristmasSongs: The album ''A Twisted Christmas''.
* CoverVersion: "Leader of the Pack" by The Shangri-Las.
* CreepyCrossdresser
* [[DeathByAdaptation Death by Cover Version]]: In this version of "Leader of the Pack" [[spoiler:it is the girl Betty who dies in an automobile accident in the rain, not Jimmy.]]
* {{Determinator}}: "Stay Hungry".
* DungFu: One of the audience members at a concert actually crapped out a turd and flung it at the band one time.
* EightiesHair: One of the most blatant examples, which they kept alive into the 21st century.
* TheEighties
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Dee Snider
** TheLancer: Jay-Jay French
** TheSmartGuy: Eddie Ojeda
** TheBigGuy: Mark "The Animal" Mendoza
** TheHeart: A.J. Pero
** SixthRanger: Mike Portnoy
* HairMetal: Although the genre's alternate name, Glam Metal, was rejected by Snider given they're anything but glamourous!
* HeavyMeta: "I Wanna Rock".
* HeavyMetal
* [[SheCleansUpNicely He Cleans Up Nicely]]: Compare Dee Snider in the above photo, and [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f3/Dee_Snider_2009.jpg how he looked in 2009.]]
* HesBack: "The Kids are Back"
* IAmTheBand: Jay-Jay French started the band, but Dee Snider ''was'' Twisted Sister.
* IconicItem: Eddie Ojeda's bulls-eye guitar (traditionally pink\black, red\black in the band's later years).
* InstantConvertible: Happens to the girl's car in the music video for "Leader of the Pack".
* LargeHam: Just look at the above picture!
** The teacher in the music video for "I Wanna Rock".
* 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 remained together ever since the reformation in 2003 (not counting brief reunions in-between) until the drummer died in 2015.
* 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]], who finally gets to spray Neidermeyer's expy with a water spritzer.
* NonActorVehicle: Snider wrote and produced ''[=Strangeland=]'' about a psychopath obsessed with body modification. It was truly the first horror film in the "Torture" genre. (he also managed to get the band back together for the first time to record "Heroes Are Hard To Find")
* NotableMusicVideos: "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock" were early Creator/{{MTV}} classics.
* PerspectiveFlip: This cover of "Leader of the Pack" puts the singer in the leader Jimmy's viewpoint. Combined with TheCoverChangesTheGender.
* PopCulturalOsmosis: The two above songs/videos were iconic, as was the band's trashy get-up. Other than those, most of the bands other work was hardly known by the mainstream public.
* 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.
* RevolvingDoorBand: 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.
* 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!"
* ShoutOut: The spoken line "You're all worthless and weak!", heard in the background of "We're Not Gonna Take It", is a quote from ''Film/AnimalHouse'', 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 were 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".
* [[SparedByTheAdaptation Spared by the Cover Version]]: In this version of "Leader of the Pack" the gender roles are swapped: [[spoiler:Jimmy watches (and lives) as his girlfriend Betty gets killed in an automobile accident.]]
* 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[=/=]DunkingTheBomb: 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.
* TitleTrack: ''Under The Blade'', ''You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll'', ''Stay Hungry'', ''Come Out And Play'', and ''Love Is For Suckers''.
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