Twisted Sister, fronted by charismatic Long Islander Dee Snider, occupied a unique place in rock-&-roll history. A band of populists with a regular-guy attitude toward fun, the band also set out to shock with blatantly sexual lyrics and outrageous gender-bending costumes. They formed in 1976--partly in response to the disco phenomenon--and opted for more straightforward hard-rock riffs rather than the new punk sounds being created by their local peers. After relentless gigging and recording, they finally hit the charts in 1984 with the all-purpose us-against-the-world anthem "We're Not Gonna Take It." After a few more albums with no further hits, the band disassembled and Snider went on to a varied solo career.
DISC 1 for Stay Hungry (CD) Album
By Twisted Sister
Japanese only SHM pressing. Features 24-bit mastering and packaged in a paper sleeve. The SHM-CD [Super High Material CD] format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Universal Music Japan discovered through the joint companies'' research into LCD display manufacturing SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatible with standard CD players.
Influenced by New York punk bands like the Ramones and Dictators, as well as by traditional heavy metal ensembles, Twisted Sister created brash, simple songs that buzzed with subversive energy, giving the band the appeal of bad-boy cartoon characters. Their third album, Stay Hungry, featured the classic rebel anthem "We're Not Gonna Take It" as well as more uptempo tracks like "Burn in Hell" and "S.M.F." (which, in true metal fashion, stands for "Sick Motherfucker"). No one disputes Twisted Sister's competence level. Simply put, they couldn't play well enough to save their five-year recording career, but frontman Dee Snider's outrageous stage presence and accidentally hilarious lyrics ensured that their time in the limelight was thoroughly entertaining. --Jon Wiederhorn
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