TWISTED SISTER

Heavy Metal / Glam Metal • United States
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Twisted Sister is an American heavy metal, hard rock band from Long Island, New York. Musically, the band implements elements of traditional heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest along with a driving style that is similar to AC/DC. While the band members' famously cross-dressed appearance might seem to link them with the 1980s glam metal movement, Twisted Sister's aggressive musical style was coupled with a more grotesque use of makeup and women's clothing resulting in a product quite distinct from the more hedonistic androgyny of glam metal groups like Mötley Crüe and Poison. The band considers the glam metal tag to be inappropriate. Twisted Sister are also ranked No.73 in VH1's 100 greatest artists of hard rock. 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. Snider remarked to David read more...
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TWISTED SISTER albums / top albums

TWISTED SISTER Under The Blade album cover 4.00 | 14 ratings
Under The Blade
Heavy Metal 1982
TWISTED SISTER You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll album cover 3.76 | 15 ratings
You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll
Heavy Metal 1983
TWISTED SISTER Stay Hungry album cover 4.09 | 24 ratings
Stay Hungry
Heavy Metal 1984
TWISTED SISTER Come Out And Play album cover 3.71 | 16 ratings
Come Out And Play
Heavy Metal 1985
TWISTED SISTER Love Is For Suckers album cover 3.58 | 15 ratings
Love Is For Suckers
Glam Metal 1987
TWISTED SISTER Still Hungry album cover 3.20 | 5 ratings
Still Hungry
Heavy Metal 2004
TWISTED SISTER A Twisted Christmas album cover 2.71 | 5 ratings
A Twisted Christmas
Heavy Metal 2006

TWISTED SISTER EPs & splits

TWISTED SISTER Ruff Cuts album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Ruff Cuts
Heavy Metal 1982

TWISTED SISTER live albums

TWISTED SISTER Live At Hammersmith album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Live At Hammersmith
Heavy Metal 1994
TWISTED SISTER Live At Wacken: The Reunion album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Live At Wacken: The Reunion
Heavy Metal 2005
TWISTED SISTER Live At The Astoria album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Live At The Astoria
Heavy Metal 2008
TWISTED SISTER Live At The Marquee Club album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Live At The Marquee Club
Heavy Metal 2011
TWISTED SISTER Metal Meltdown album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Metal Meltdown
Heavy Metal 2016
TWISTED SISTER Rock 'n' Roll Saviors - The Early Years album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rock 'n' Roll Saviors - The Early Years
Heavy Metal 2016

TWISTED SISTER demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

TWISTED SISTER Demo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo
Heavy Metal 1979
TWISTED SISTER Demo 1981 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo 1981
Heavy Metal 1981
TWISTED SISTER Love Is for Suckers Demos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Love Is for Suckers Demos
Glam Metal 1986

TWISTED SISTER re-issues & compilations

TWISTED SISTER Big Hits And Nasty Cuts: The Best Of Twisted Sister album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Big Hits And Nasty Cuts: The Best Of Twisted Sister
Heavy Metal 1992
TWISTED SISTER Club Daze Volume 1: The Studio Sessions album cover 3.78 | 5 ratings
Club Daze Volume 1: The Studio Sessions
Heavy Metal 1999
TWISTED SISTER We're Not Gonna Take It! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
We're Not Gonna Take It!
Heavy Metal 1999
TWISTED SISTER Club Daze Volume II: Live In The Bars album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Club Daze Volume II: Live In The Bars
Heavy Metal 2001
TWISTED SISTER We're Not Gonna Take It And Other Hits album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
We're Not Gonna Take It And Other Hits
Heavy Metal 2001
TWISTED SISTER The Essentials album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Essentials
Heavy Metal 2002
TWISTED SISTER Best Of Twisted Sister album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Best Of Twisted Sister
Heavy Metal 2005

TWISTED SISTER singles (21)

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2.00 | 1 ratings
I'll Never Grow Up, Now!
Heavy Metal 1979
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Bad Boys (Of Rock N' Roll)
Heavy Metal 1980
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2.00 | 1 ratings
I Am (I'm Me) / Sin After Sin (Live)
Heavy Metal 1983
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3.50 | 2 ratings
The Kids Are Back / Shoot 'Em Down (Live)
Heavy Metal 1983
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2.00 | 1 ratings
You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll / Let The Good Times Roll (Live)
Heavy Metal 1983
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2.00 | 1 ratings
I Am (I'm Me)
Heavy Metal 1983
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2.00 | 1 ratings
The Kids Are Back
Heavy Metal 1983
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2.00 | 1 ratings
You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll
Heavy Metal 1983
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0.00 | 0 ratings
You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll 12"
Heavy Metal 1983
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2.00 | 1 ratings
I Wanna Rock / Burn In Hell (Live)
Heavy Metal 1984
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2.00 | 1 ratings
The Price
Heavy Metal 1984
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2.00 | 1 ratings
I Wanna Rock / The Kids Are Back
Heavy Metal 1984
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2.00 | 1 ratings
I Wanna Rock
Heavy Metal 1984
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2.00 | 1 ratings
We're Not Gonna Take It
Heavy Metal 1984
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2.00 | 1 ratings
We're Not Gonna Take It (Live)
Heavy Metal 1984
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Leader Of The Pack / I Wanna Rock
Heavy Metal 1985
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Leader Of The Pack
Heavy Metal 1985
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2.00 | 1 ratings
King Of The Fools
Heavy Metal 1985
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Be Chrool To Your Scuel
Heavy Metal 1986
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2.00 | 1 ratings
You Want What We Got
Heavy Metal 1986
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Hot Love
Glam Metal 1987

TWISTED SISTER movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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Stay Hungry
Heavy Metal 1984
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Come Out And Play
Heavy Metal 1985
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Still Hungry: Live At Wacken Open Air
Heavy Metal 2005
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4.00 | 1 ratings
A Twisted Christmas: Live
Heavy Metal 2007
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5.00 | 1 ratings
Twisted Sister: The Video Years
Heavy Metal 2007
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Astoria
Heavy Metal 2008
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Bang Your Head!!!
Heavy Metal 2008
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Double Live: North Stage '82 / New York Steel '01
Heavy Metal 2011
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4.00 | 1 ratings
A Twisted Xmas: Live In Las Vegas
Heavy Metal 2012

TWISTED SISTER Reviews

TWISTED SISTER Stay Hungry

Album · 1984 · Heavy Metal
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Unitron
Twisted Sister are one of those big 80's metal bands that are unfortunately mostly only remembered today for one or two songs, in their case, the hit punk metal anthem that was We're Not Gonna Take It. While a decent enough song if you like that kind of thing (I don't), it doesn't reflect the rest of this album or the majority of Twisted Sister's sound as a whole.

Stay Hungry is a great combination of energetic classic heavy metal and dark yet melodic doom metal. The title track, I Wanna Rock, and S.M.F. belong to the former, while Burn in Hell, Horror-Teria, and The Beast are the latter. I think it hits a perfect balance, makes for a great album of two sides.

My favorites though are the three darker songs, mainly for how great the hooks and melodies are. Burn in Hell has always sounded like it really influenced Anthrax, especially in Dee Snider's vocal performance in the catchy refrain of the 'Hear no evil, see no evil' section. Horror-Teria is one of the most intimidating and disturbing doom metal songs I've heard, but it's got such a great riff, chorus, and powerful ending, that it keeps you listening. Finally, The Beast simply just has such a killer riff, and might be my favorite on the album.

One of 80's heavy metal's great classics.

TWISTED SISTER Stay Hungry

Album · 1984 · Heavy Metal
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Vim Fuego
Many a metal fan in the 1980s would tell anyone who would listen that all glam metal was for poseurs and any one of hundreds of different synonyms for homosexual. Glam metal was for poodle haired cross dressers more interested in make-up and picking up chicks than making music with any redeeming value whatsoever. By and large, this was true. Witness for example the excesses of Motley Crüe, the effete foppery of Poison, the commercialised pop/rock of Bon Jovi, and the failings of any one of a number of other bands, like Faster Pussycat, Tiger Tailz, LA Guns, Bang Tango, Great White, Ratt, ad infinitum.

Occasionally though, a glam metal band managed to produce an album masculine enough to appeal to true metal fans. W.A.S.P. managed it with two or three albums, and Motley Crüe almost achieved it with the rough and ready "Girls Girls Girls". "Stay Hungry" by Twisted Sister was another of these albums, and by far and away the most successful.

Pre-dating the decadence of the LA glam metal scene by a good few years, Twisted Sister moulded the hard rocking theatrics of Kiss and Alice Cooper to their own shape. While many bands forgot to learn the basics, like playing instruments and writing songs, with Twisted Sister, the music always came first. The outrageous image was merely a marketing tool. Iron Maiden were also wearing multi-coloured spandex in 1984, and no one was questioning their musical validity.

"Stay Hungry" will always be best remembered for the two huge singles it spawned, and their hilarious accompanying videos. `We're Not Gonna Take It' and `I Wanna Rock' are both lowest common denominator shout along anthems of simplistic teen rebellion at its basest level, but damn it, they are just so addictive, and the fun factor negates their obvious commercial intentions.

If you look past the singles though, the rest of the album is reasonably dark. You thought glam metal was all about partying and chicks and lightweight throwaway rock n’ roll? Think again. Some of the riffs would have done Judas Priest proud at the time. And while some blame glam metal for the eventual decline of the solo because the guitar players were not technically proficient enough, don't point fingers at Twisted Sister- try Mick Mars and CC De Ville.

The most obvious starting point to illustrate the dark side is the creepy double shot of `Horror-Teria'. First up, `Captain Howdy' explores the psyche of a deranged child killer, not unlike Freddy Krueger. "You think you're going home to your own little bed/ But that's impossible, you can't sleep when you're dead". Captain Howdy was caught and tried for his crimes, but wasn't convicted, so a lynch mob formed and meted out `Street Justice'. "Now before you shake your head/ Think if it was your child instead". While not the deepest, most meaningful pair of songs ever, would any of Twisted Sister's contemporaries have stopped thinking about their dicks long enough to produce songs like these? `Burn In Hell', `The Beast', `Don't Let Me Down' and `The Price also have negative lyrical themes, exploring where things and people fit in the world. `Burn In Hell' and `The Beast' would not seem out of place on a traditional Metal album, while `The Price' is an Ozzy-esque power ballad.

Although not the heaviest album ever, look carefully in the hidden corners of many a metal fan's collection and you might just find the familiar picture of Dee Snider feasting on a bone. "Stay Hungry" was perhaps the greatest entry-level metal album of the early 1980s, and deservedly so.

TWISTED SISTER Love Is For Suckers

Album · 1987 · Glam Metal
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Stephen
If there's something bad in the mind of TWISTED SISTER's fans regarding this album is that apart from a difference in style compared to their earlier albums, two days after its release date, Dee Snider announced that he's no longer a part of the band. Beau Hill was behind the production desk and at first, 'Love Is For Suckers' was intended to be Dee's solo album but the label scrap the idea and asked them to release under TWISTED SISTER brand.

Considering that 1986 is a year full of commercial hits from the fellow glam bands, this album tried to adapt with the climate, producing several songs that are potential for airplay such as 'Hot Love', the title track, 'Tonight', and the ballad, 'You're All That I Need'. I understand if some fans didn't like this at all, because they expect the band to keep playing the raw and wicked hard rock like the old days, but I'm one of the few who enjoyed it a lot.

'Me And The Boys' is another fun track, sounds anthemic and even though slightly sloppy at chorus, this is truly a strong track. 'One Bad Habit' is addictive and as great as 'Hot Love', these two are the best on this album. 'Yeah Right' is probably the worst filler, if only they replace it with a better song. Having the remastered version is nice, especially for the four bonus tracks alone.

Beware that if you prefer the olden days, this might not suitable for you, otherwise, it's a solid underrated album and I think deserved to have around 80%.

TWISTED SISTER A Twisted Christmas

Album · 2006 · Heavy Metal
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topofsm
In the wake of Christmas season you are sure to see plenty of artists and their Christmas albums: Mariah Carey, Jethro Tull, Twisted Sister. What? Ok, scratch the last one. You are likely not going to see Twisted Sister on any Christmas lists. However, in 2006 the SMFs released a Christmas album filled with heavy metal riffs and old-school pounding drums.

Sure, you'd be hard pressed to call this album a masterpiece. The riffs aren't anything beyond a standard heavy metal band from the 80s, and the melodies, being Christmas tunes are of course straightforward. But the album is fun, and the simple power chords playing on amps turned to eleven gives exactly the refresher these kinds of songs need.

All a person would need convincing for them to get this album is to listen to "We're not Gonna Take it", which begins with a familiar beat: the same intro to their hit, "We're not Going to Take It". The heavy riffs make the song fun, and the chord progressions between the tunes match up perfectly. An outro of "Hava Nagila" in slow, heavy time finishes it up nicely.

The rest of the tracks are pretty good. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "Let it Snow" and the ballad "I'll be Home for Christmas" featuring Lita Ford all breathe some new life into the songs most people become sick of during the winter season. However, after a while it just seems like the band needed a few more songs to fill the album. Filler of course happens, and this album is no different. It does end on a high note "The Twelve Days of Christmas" where the band asks for heavy metal gifts and their true love gives them among other things, 3 studded belts, 2 pairs of spandex pants, and a tattoo of Ozzy.

Overall, this is never going to be a Christmas classic. There is plenty of boring filler that gets the songs to sound older than they already are playing on the radio by themselves. However, for metal fans looking for some Christmas tunes heavier than the standard Trans Siberian Orchestra, A Twisted Christmas is a good one.

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