399. Twisted Sister

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399. Twisted Sister

Picking up where KISS left off (which depending on your point of view is either good or bad) Twisted Sister had a pair of the most iconic videos of the early MTV age and with a eccentric blend of 70’s Glam and 80’s Hard Rock they seemed poise to have a long run. It didn’t happen, but with a huge album and an image that is still known today Twisted Sister may have (though for a brief time) captured the rebelliousness of youth better than anyone else did….or at least figured out to commercialize it.

 

 

 

The Bullet Points:

Eligible Since:

2004

 

Country of Origin:

U.S.A. (New York City)

 

Nominated In:

Never

 

NIHOF’s Favorite Album:

Stay Hungry (1984)

 

NIHOF’s Favorite Song:

Stay Hungry (From Stay Hungry, 1984)

Should Twisted Sister be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 64.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 8.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 5.4%
No opinion. - 1.8%
No way! - 19.6%
Last modified on Thursday, 03 June 2021 22:39

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+1 #4 Rocco 2017-10-18 07:46
Regarding Darrel in michael Tabor 38
Your both right to a degree. Twisted was a bar band started 73-74 influenced by Kiss & Alice cooper & played in the same clubs as new York dolls etc made there Break though 82-85 so was classified Glam Metal. After Crue & Def Leppard (now Bon Jovi is ProBally going in this year) there on a short list of bands that's couldn't be considered if the Hall looks more at this genre. Ratt Poison Dokken cinderla skid row warrant tesla quiet riot whitesnake would be the others with any chance.
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0 #3 Darryl Tahirali 2017-09-22 23:26
Quoting Michael tabor 38:
They kind of merged Glam rock & Glam Metal together. Dee snider is a great front man. One of the few stand up guys in the business. Loved the MTV viedos. We're not gonna take it is a great anthem song. The respect in the rock community has grown in recent years. But will be very difficult to get in. Especially when bands like Motley Crue T. rex New York dolls Deff Leppard are not in yet.

Agree that Def Leppard and then Motley Crue would be most likely to get in if the Hall ever acknowledges hair-metal, though after them Ratt would be a stronger candidate in my book than Twisted Sister.

I wouldn't put T. Rex and the Dolls in that grouping as they are the precursors, and you could even look at Slade and (the) Sweet as being the direct antecedents to the '80s hair-metal bands--thoug h I'd put Mott the Hoople above them all.

I do have a lasting respect for Dee Snider, though, because he testified before the US Senate during a 1985 hearing on "porn rock" and the content-labe ling of music albums--whic h is still with us today--drive n by the Parents Music Resource Center, co-founded by future Second Lady Tipper Gore.

Snider was one of only three rock musicians to testify before the Senate, joining John Denver and Frank Zappa. Let that sink in for a moment--can you picture three more dissimilar musicians than that?

I only wish that Cyndi Lauper had joined them--walkin g into the US Capitol together, they would have looked like a psychedelic Dorothy and the Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman, and Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz. Spark up a joint, put on The Dark Side of the Moon, and sit back and enjoy the show! And Lauper would have been appropriate as her terrific "She Bop" was one of the "Filthy Fifteen" songs initially identified by the PMRC as being "porn rock."
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+1 #2 Michael tabor 38 2017-09-21 12:47
They kind of merged Glam rock & Glam Metal together. Dee snider is a great front man. One of the few stand up guys in the business. Loved the MTV viedos. We're not gonna take it is a great anthem song. The respect in the rock community has grown in recent years. But will be very difficult to get in. Especially when bands like Motley Crue T. rex New York dolls Deff Leppard are not in yet.
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+1 #1 Brian 2014-12-21 18:40
underdog rockers from the 80's with some of the most enduring hits, all the headliners of the 80's now are opening acts for twisted sister at any 80's show.
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