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Twisted Sister is an American heavy metal band from Long Island, New York. The band recorded their first demo album, Ruff Cutts , in 1982 to the label Secret Records. Twisted Sister is best known for his two greatest hit songs: We're Not Gonna Take It and I Want Rock .

Founded in December 1972, in Long Island, New York, by guitarist Jay Jay French, Twisted Sister was above all a glam rock band influenced by Alice Cooper, Kiss and the New York Dolls. The group then moved to heavy metal in the late 1970s, with the arrival of Dee Snider and other musicians. The band's story begins with Eddie Ojeda when he joins a band named Silverstar, and then auditioned by Wicked Lester, who is none other than the future Kiss. But Ojeda remains in Silverstar and on a suggestion of singer Michael Valentine, the band is renamed Twisted Sister. We are then in 1973 and the line-up consists of Eddie and Billy Diamond on guitars, Michael Valentine on vocals, Kenny Neill on bass and Mell Starr on drums. In 1975, Eddie Fingers, a friend of French, joined the group as a guitarist and second vocalist. Kevin John Grace also replaces drummer Mell Starr. The group is moving towards glam rock, influenced by David Bowie, Slade, Mott the Hoople, Humble Pie, and the New York Dolls. Twisted Sister is not well known and plays only in small clubs in New York.

In 1976, Dee Snider joined the group as lead singer, he is the one who also wrote all the songs. After replacing drummer Kevin John Grace with Tony Petri, Twisted Sister takes a much heavier musical direction, influenced by Motörhead, Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath. With the arrival of the offbeat singer, the band starts to make a reputation at the local level and a fan base is created and is called SMFFOTS, which means more specifically Sick Motherfucking Friends of Twisted Sister . A few years later, the name is shortened to SMF for Sick Mother Fuckers < / span>, a name that will even become a band's title in 1984. But the group is struggling to find a label that takes it seriously. So, in 1979, he decided to record the single I'll Never Grow Up Now / Under the Blade with his own means: a pseudo Twisted Sister Records label. The following year, he published a second single called Bad Boys (Rock & Roll) / Lady's Boy . Legendary producer Eddie Kramer (Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie) took care of the two singles. Twisted Sister then encounters difficulties with line-up changes, which prevents him from progressing. In October 1978, bassist Kenny Neill was replaced by Mark Mendoza. In December 1980, drummer Tony Petri left the group to join the Plasmatics, and it was replaced by Ritchie Teeter, who was himself replaced the following year by Joey Brighton. And it's not over: Joey Brighton only stays one year in Twisted Sister and is replaced by AJ Pero in 1982. So we have the following line-up: Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda, Mark Mendoza and AJ Pero, who is considered the real first stable line-up of the band, will record the first 4 albums of Twisted, the most mythical.

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