Biography

Twisted Sister had the metal anthem of summer 1984, "We're Not Gonna Take It." Dee Snider, a Long Island biker dude in Kinko-the-Clown makeup and a blonde mane, used SAT words like "trite," "jaded," and "confiscated" as he bellowed against the oppressive forces holding him down. Sister was kind of like the hair-metal version of their Strong Island homey in Public Enemy -- Snider even vows, "We'll fight the powers that be!" Sister never had another big hit, but came close with "I Wanna Rock" (answering the question, "What do you want to do with your life?") and the Alice Cooper duet "Be Cruel To Your School." Snider walked it like he talked it, testifying in the U.S. Senate against the PMRC censors. Always a talk show fixture, he bizarrely became MSNBC's official voiceover man in 2002. But his most memorable moment may be in the liner notes to Come Out And Play. After the standard equipment endorsement blurbs, there's a blurb explaining that Snider neither uses nor endorses the latest Vidal Sassoon hairstyling gel: "You blew it, Vidal!" (ROB SHEFFIELD)

From 2004's The New Rolling Stone Album Guide

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