Posted by
Gavin
• 02.27.09 11:30 am


Twisted Sister are not just that kooky band from the 80s who did that video with the dude from Animal House. They are a seminal hard rock band who invented hair metal and did it in London in a sea of punks and skinheads.

Twisted Sister are not just that kooky band from the 80s who did that video with the dude from Animal House. They are a seminal hard rock band who invented hair metal and did it in London in a sea of punks and skinheads.

Fuck. Let me start again.

Some may know vocalist Dee Snider as the guy who battled Al Gore’s wife when the Gores were more worried about swears in songs than the weather getting too hot. Others know him as that Long Island, NY biker from Gordon Ramsay’s show. He’s a lot of things to a lot of people because he hasn’t stopped doing shit since before I was born. Twisted Sister’s history (or should I say HERstory) is way more replete with anecdotes than most people could ever imagine, even if they were on shrooms! So, without further to do. I’d like to get started with this exclusive Street Carnage interview. Ready? Ok, this part is live…

Twisted Sister were playing festivals back in the late 70s and early 80s when people were still spitting on bands and even whipping beer bottles at them.

Dee Snider: Oh it was a lot worse than that. People would throw shit at the band. Human feces. We had Scottish roadies at the time, the guys from the Exploited, and they kept saying, “They threw shite” and I was like, “What?” and he kept repeating it. I had no idea what he was talking about.
Can you imagine how mad you’d have to be to pull down your pants, squat down, extend your hand, push the shit out, let it fill your hand, and then throw it at someone?

Monkeys do that. That’s literally on some monkey shit.

We were playing with Meat Loaf once and I had no idea what they were doing there. They were on the bill. Whatever. So Meat Loaf comes out and he’s obviously smashed and people start throwing shit at him. So, instead of getting the fuck out of the way he decides, we couldn’t fuckin believe this, he decides to say, “Gimme your best shot.” When I heard those words everything became slow motion. You should have seen it. It was a complete TIDAL WAVE of bottles and cans and – I guess – shit. He cut through this flying wall of garbage like when Coyote leaves a shape of himself after going through a wall. It was brutal. Meat Loaf got up and finished the song but you could tell he had a concussion or something. He was toast.

What would you do when that happened?

When it first happened I got so fucking mad, I just lost it. It’s a pretty famous story but I just go, “That’s it. I want to fucking fight you.”

The whole crowd.

I meant it. I’d been playing in bars in Jersey dressed in drag. I knew what a tough crowd was. And I was ready to fight.

Every one of them?

I told them to line up. I said, “One by one. Every one of you line up on this side of the stage and I am going to kick each and every one of your asses one by one.” I meant it too. I was not fucking around. I told the crowd, “I don’t care if this takes all night.”

Of course, word got out I was this crazy guy from New York so I couldn’t use that one again. Next festival we played people were taunting me and punching the palms of their hands. And then they started throwing shit again. This time I had a new idea. I said, “Look, we’re friends right? If you’re a fan, you’re family right? Well, I’ll tell you something. If someone was throwing a bottle at a member of my family I would fucking kill him. You see anyone throw shit at us, fucking kill them.” It was like Altamont. There were fights everywhere. Fires. It was insane.

Do you think you could take me in a fight?

Clearly.

All right folks, here’s the new Street Carnage Radio…

Cerebral Ballzy “Puke Song”

(Talk of how Arnold Schwarzenegger influenced Dee and then Twisted Sister ended up influencing Arnold.)

Twisted Sister “We’re Not Gonna Take it”

(Talk of how hair metal isn’t back it’s just another cycle all these trends go through.)

Crystals “He Hit Me (and it Felt Like a Kiss)”
Izza Kizza “Walk the Dog”
TI “Swing Your Rag”

(More talk of revivals. Somehow this brings us to Cockney Rejects and three songs with the same riff.)

Cockney Rejects “The Greatest Cockney Rip Off”
Hard Skin “Hard Stuff”
Andrew WK “We Want Fun”

(Talk of punk bands at the time and how Twisted Sister stuck metal in them.)

Exploited “Fuck the USA”
Black Sabbath “Blue Suede Shoes”
Motorhead “Ain’t no Nice Guy”

(Talk of Slade)

Slade “Run Runaway”

(Talk of gays and how metal bands dressed in drag.)

Lykke Li “Knocked Up (Kings of Leon cover)”
Passion Pit “Sleepyhead”
Friendly Fires “Paris”

(Talk of how his wife came to one of their first shows and they started sharing clothes.)

Cutty Ranks “Dutty Six Pack (Diplo/Santo remix)”


Comments
  1. farty von peepants says:

    i couldn’t help but notice a small flaw in this story, gavin. which is that twisted sister fucking sucks, really bad. they are wholly awful. terrible, terrible music.

  2. Loomis says:

    I fucking love this band and I’m glad you included AWK in this. I always considered both of these to be Oi bands.

  3. wharf says:

    fuck tipper gore fuck jesus fuck…ahhh i can’t remember the rest.

  4. zeb says:

    Dude isn’t even gay, yet he sort of makes me want to hate gay people.

  5. srsly says:

    meat loaf is from port dover

  6. showponies says:

    thanks for this on my barfday. ruling!

  7. Andre Gide says:

    this article changes everything. TS is ok now.

  8. weakend says:

    Dee Snider rules. I didn’t know! how about the TS cameo in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure??

  9. Taeil says:

    You know it’s real easy to shit on glam metal, but I always thought Twisted Sister were different. Just cause they were just really weird and they had to be the ugliest guys to put on make up EVER.

    They never played up to be pretty even with all that eyeliner, lipstick, and mascara. Even those fags in Motley Crue pouted their lips on album covers, all the while Twisted Sister always tried to look tough the entire time. It’s real hard taking them seriously, but you could never blame them for not having a sense of humor about it.

  10. lowdirt says:

    i would like to see more of the video footage from the interview. i like this dee fellow.

    thanks.

  11. really? says:

    nobody is going to mention that Snider is selling this? > http://www.skrew.com/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=766

    for shame.

  12. RoboHobo says:

    Dee Snider RULES. Dude fucking filed his teeth sharp in juvie? Also don’t forget how many scandinavian suburban kids got into graffiti solely because of that one album cover.I know graffiti is the gayest thing ever, but boy were we into that cover when we were twelve. Hard Rock Don’t Stop.

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