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Long Island, Bahamas (1973 – 1987, 1997 – present)

Twisted Sister is an American band from Long Island popularized in comedic music videos on the television channel MTV in the . Although formed as a David Bowie-inspired band by guitar player Jay Jay French in 1973, the band’s style shifted to a more strident, aggressive -influenced sound when frontman Dee Snider joined the band and took over songwriting, leading to the creation of fan-favorite songs such as “I Wanna Rock”, “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, and “Under The Blade”.

They fused the shock tactics of Alice Cooper and W.A.S.P., the rebellious mood of the ‘New Wave of British Heavy Metal’, the biker-culture style of early Judas Priest, and the extravagant makeup of Kiss. Dee Snider’s outfits resulted in his nickname as “the best dressed woman in rock n roll” (which he embraces). Often misconceived as a simple glam group, as the makeup used on the band (Snider especially) reminds fans of horror films, Twisted Sister’s music is a lot more hard hitting, with lyrics focusing on rebellion, anger, violence, and pride in rock n roll versus more traditional love songs or purely happy lyricism.

For example, the aforementioned “Under The Blade” focused on the fear of surgery and being hospitalized. However, the band’s fifth album, ‘Love Is For Suckers’ (originally intended by Dee Snider to be a solo record), was classic metal that drew heavy influence from 80s styles. To this day, members of the band do not feel ‘Love Is For Suckers’ to be a true Twisted Sister album.

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