Twisted Sister is an American heavy metal band from Long Island popularized in comedic music videos on the television channel MTV in the 1980s. Although formed as a Bowie-inspired rock band by guitar player Jay Jay French in 1973, the band's style shifted to a more heavy metal-influenced sound when Dee Snider joined the band and took over songwriting. They fused the shock tactics of Alice Cooper and W.A.S.P.
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Twisted Sister is an American band from Long Island, New York. Front man Dee Snider describes Twisted Sister as "Slade meets Sex Pistols". Twisted Sister's most well-known hits include "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock", both popularized in the USA by regular airplay on MTV in the 1980s. Many of the band's songs explore themes of parent vs. child conflicts and criticisms of the educational system.
While the band members' famously cross-dressed appearance might seem to link them with the 1980s glam metal movement, Twisted Sister's aggressive musical style was coupled with a more grotesque use of makeup and women's clothing resulting in a product quite distinct from the more hedonistic androgyny of glam metal groups like Mötley Crüe, Ratt and Poison. Often mistaken as glam metal for their image, the band often are not recognized as glam metal and the band considers the "glam metal" tag to be inappropriate.
Twisted Sister are also ranked No.73 in VH1's 100 greatest artists of hard rock.