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.
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
- “Bad Boys (of Rock ‘n’ Roll)” (Under The Blade, 1982)
- “I Am (I’m Me)” (You Can’t Stop Rock `N’ Roll, 1983)
- “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (Stay Hungry, 1984)
- “Be Chrool to Your Scuel” (Come Out And Play, 1985)
- “Love is for Suckers” (Love Is For Suckers, 1987)
- “Let the Good Times Roll/Feel So Fine (live)” (Big Hits & Nasty Cuts, 1992)
- “What You Don’t Know (Sure Can Hurt You)” (Live At Hammersmith, 1994)
- “I’ll Never Grow Up Now!” (Club Daze Volume 1: The Studio Sessions, 1999)
- “Under The Blade” (Club Daze Volume 2: Live in the Bars, 2001)
- “Heroes are Hard to Find” (Still Hungry, 2004)
- “O Come All Ye Faithful” (A Twisted Christmas, 2006)
As with other Ultimate Mixtapes, I have to throw in some bonus tracks for the band members’ other projects…
- The Dictators, “Sleeping With The TV On” (Manifest Destiny, 1977)
- Widowmaker, “The Lonely Ones” (Blood and Bullets, 1992)
- Dee Snider, “Our Voice Will Be Heard” (Never Let the B******* Wear You Down, 2000)
- Eddie Ojeda, “Living Free” (Axes 2 Axes, 2005)
- Snider, George Lynch, Bob Kulick, Jeff Pilson, and Jason Bonham, “Wasted Years” (Numbers From The Beast: An All-Star Tribute To Iron Maiden, 2005)
- Desperado, “Hang ’em High” (Ace, 2006)
- Adrenaline Mob, “Dearly Departed” (Men of Honor, 2014)
There you have it. How does your Twisted Sister Ultimate Mixtape differ?