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?
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.
Inching closer and closer to a Runaways reunion, Lita Ford and Cherie Currie have recorded a new Christmas song for the 2013 season, “Rock This Christmas Down.” According to Currie, the song “has the flare of our Runaways legacy but its pure Lita. It rocks like only she can. We took a dim, negative and unfinished past and turned it into a positive future. It doesn’t get any better then that. I know this will be the best Christmas I have had in decades.”
Ford is excited about the new song as well. “I thought the world could use a new Christmas song. The song was Written by Mitch Perry, my guitarist and Michael Dan Ehmig, my lyricist, along with Marty O’Brien on bass, and Rodger Carter on drums. We so rocked it!
“What I didn’t know is that I’d be singing it as a duet with my long lost sister, Cherie Currie. I am blessed to have her back in my life, and what an appropriate time and song to rehash an old friendship. CHRISTMAS!!!
“Cherie hopped a plane from Chicago to L.A., and drove straight to the studio and threw down her vocal track on this rocking song! Needless to say, it was magic and history in the making.”
Of course, this isn’t Lita’s first Christmas song…she also appeared on Twisted Sister’s Twisted Christmas. What’s more Christmas than Dee Snider?