Twisted Sister









Twisted Sister

Twisted Sister

is an American band which plays a heavy metal style of music. The group is from New York City and they combine the shock tactics like Alice Cooper and the rebellious mood of the New Wave British heavy metal style, plus the makeup of bands such as New York Dolls, Kiss, and has an image like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. The band was formed in 1973, by Jay Jay French (guitar player) and the group’s music and lyrics were written by their lead singer, Dee Snider from 1976. Some of the group’s hits were, We’re Not Gonna’ Take it, and I Wanna’ Rock, and the songs received a lot of airplay on MTV in the 1980's which helped them reach the charts.

The band was formed when Jay Jay joined a band known as Silverstar. Jay Jay was going by the name of Johnny heartbreaker at that time. He had played in local bands before joining the Silverstar band. Michael Valentine, lead singer of Silverstar suggested that the band change their name to Twisted Sister. Valentine and their other guitar player at the time, Billy Diamond, left the band so Jay Jay had to do the singing as well as play lead guitar. In 1975, Jay Jay’s school friend, Eddie Ojeda, joined the band as a co-lead singer and also a second guitar player. Eddie had recorded with the group called, SPV, in New York City before joining Twisted Sister. John Grace took the place of Mel Anderson on the drums. The bass guitar player, Kenny Neil, completed the group. The group played in local clubs until 1976 . The group took on a heavy metal style after Dee Snider joined the group as the lead singer and songwriter and Toni Petri took the place of John Grace on the drums.

The group could not get any record company interested in signing a contract with them so they released their own recordings with no record label. They released the singles, I’ll Never Grow Up Now, and Under the Blade, on their own label, Twisted Sisters Records. In 1980 they released, Bad Boys (of Rock & Roll), and Lady’s Boy. The lineup again changed in 1978 and 1980. The group had to go to the U. K. To get a record company to sign with. They signed with Secret records, which was mostly a punk label.

The band began to release their albums and singles and finally received some recognition and had some hit songs. The band split up between 1987 and 1997. They reunited in 1998 and are still together. In July, 2007, the band performed at the glam music festival called, Rocklahoma, in Pryor, Oklahoma. The band has released 23 albums and Eps and 17 singles to date.