I Wanna Rock (3:03)

Cover of Stay Hungry

From Stay Hungry and 54 other releases

“I Wanna Rock” is a song from the album Stay Hungry (1984) by American heavy metal band Twisted Sister. In 2009 it was named the 17th VH1 Greatest Hard Rock Songs by VH1.

The song was also covered by the pop punk band Lit on 2001 Twisted Sister tribute album, Twisted Forever.

Like the earlier “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” the video features actor Mark Metcalf, best known as the sadistic Neidermeyer from the movie Animal House. Here, he plays a ferocious teacher who harasses a student for drawing the Twisted Sister logo on a book, shrieking: “What kind of a man desecrates a defenseless textbook?! I’ve got a good mind to slap your fat face!!” (echoing his line from Animal House: “What kind of man hits a defenseless animal ? I’ve got a good mind to smash your fat face in.”).

After his attempts to stop his rock-loving students fail, he crawls into the principal’s office - only to be confronted by the principal, played by Stephen Furst (Flounder from Animal House). Furst even gets to reprise one of his big lines from the movie: “Oh boy, is this great!” as he squirts water at the mean teacher.

The song has been featured in an advertisements for Avis Rent A Car System and Washington Mutual.

This version was also featured on the Triple Play 2002 videogame soundtrack.

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