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JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Twisted Sister edition

It has been too long since I posted an Ultimate Mixtape tracklist. I intended to do these once a month, but it’s more work than you would imagine. I like to be thorough and accurate, so I will go back and actually listen to each album, at least the first few seconds of each song, to make sure that I picked the right song for that album. Of course, you can disagree with my picks, this is entirely subjective…but to be honest with myself, I have to revisit the material.

twisted sister mixtape

I have been working on Twisted Sister for a while now. The problem is not the studio albums; those were easy. But the Club Daze records and the live releases were not as familiar to me; it took some time to listen to them, and then listen again, and try to find good material for the Ultimate Mixtape. In the end, I skipped over a couple of the live albums. I’ve said in the past that I’m not a huge fan of concert recordings, so it wasn’t too painful to say no to Astoria and Wacken. Alright, let’s get down to it. But first, the rules:

  • Every studio album must be represented by one and only one song.
  • That song does not have to be an official “single” released by the band to promote said album.
  • Compilation albums can be included, but only songs that are new, previously unreleased, or remixed songs from prior albums are eligible for the list.
  • Live albums are a great way to sneak additional songs into the mix. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a good live version of “I Wanna Rock.”

JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Twisted Sister edition

As with other Ultimate Mixtapes, I have to throw in some bonus tracks for the band members’ other projects…

Bonus Tracks:

There you have it. How does your Twisted Sister Ultimate Mixtape differ?

New solo album from Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider set for 2015!

Dee Snider Twisted SisterThe iconic singer for shock rockers Twisted Sister is preparing a solo album for release in 2015. Dee Snider tweeted the news last Thursday, stating he was “smiling ear to ear” while listening to the demos.

Answering fans’ responses, Snider said the record will be new songs, not covers, and that touring will be limited to select shows. Despite Snider’s return to songwriting, there are no plans for new Twisted Sister material.

More information should be announced early next year.

In addition to his work with Twisted Sister, Snider fronted Widowmaker, Desperado, and Van Helsing’s Curse. He also wrote and starred in the 1998 horror film, Strangeland.

Be sure to follow @deesnider on Twitter to keep up with the latest from the rock legend.

Purchase Widowmaker – Blood & Bullets.

The greatest Super Bowl commercial

I didn’t watch much of the big game last night, and I haven’t YouTubed all of the commercials. But I’ve seen this one pop up on Facebook and several blogs, and I’m not afraid to say that it is hands-down the greatest Super Bowl commercial of all-time.

So much 80s awesomeness here…Hulk Hogan, Ponch, Cliff, Alf, Chucky, Jason, Teen Wolf, Sgt. Slaughter, Dee Snider…I could go on, but you get the point.

Thank you, Radio Shack, for bringing a little joy to my life.

Shut Up And Give Me The Mic by Dee Snider (2012)

Shut Up And Give Me The Mic
by Dee Snider
Gallery Books, 2012
432 pages

Dee Snider, lead singer for Twisted Sister, is a true renaissance man. He is a vocalist, a songwriter, a screenwriter, a radio host, and an actor of both screen and stage. Oh, and an author. Shut Up And Give Me The Mic is not Snider’s first foray into the literary world, but it is his most recent. A collection of memoirs that focuses on his youth and his time in Twisted Sister, this book is a wonderful insight into what makes Snider tick, what drives him to succeed, what motivates him to never give up.

Snider takes the reader up on the stage with him, behind the scenes of the record industry, and through the highs and lows of being one of the biggest stars in the world, even if it was only for a short time. A good portion of the book focuses on 1984, the year Twisted Sister took MTV and radio by storm, but he also discusses the band’s fall from grace following the massive success of Stay Hungry, and particularly “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Snider takes a few jabs at his bandmates and other musicians, but places most of the blame of Twisted Sister’s failures on himself and his egomaniacal attitude in the 1980s. After the recording of Love Is For Suckers—which was initially intended to be a solo album—and the failed tour for that record in 1987, Snider quit the band.

The years following Snider’s departure from Twisted Sister are of great interest to his fans, but this is where Shut Up And Give Me The Mic falls short. Snider is very brief about his time with Desperado and Widowmaker, and does not talk about his radio or film career at all. Will there be a sequel to the book? He teases one, so there is hope that more will be revealed about his other projects and his reunion with Jay Jay French and the band.

Shut up And Give Me The Mic is a very good read, conversational in style, highly recommended for fans of the genre.

Learn more about Dee Snider.

Learn more about Gallery Books.

Purchase Shut Up and Give Me the Mic by Dee Snider.

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