Twisted Sister





"WHEN I WAS a kid I was a loner, I didn’t have many friends. Every day I’d go home, close the door of my room, get in front of the mirror with a guitar, put on a record, Alice Cooper or Led Zeppelin maybe and I’d just rock out.

I’d go some place where I had a million friends, some place where the party never stops , some place where they ride in limousines with women on each arm and I’d sweat! I’d be dripping in my own room just rockin’ out. I’d feel good and it made my life bearable."

Dem bones dem bones dem... Dee Snider got to pose with the decaying meat-coated leg of a recently deceased cow during the photo sessions for the sleeve of Twisted Sister’s ‘Stay Hungry’ LP. "It stank," said Dee, meaning the bone not the record.

Dee Snider: Hair, limbs, Mickey Mouse vest, extrovert nose and mouth. He’s on the couch and I’m on the Lucazade.

"I had a strict, physical and repressive kind of a father. He was a cop, in good shape, definitely a hard ass. It took me longer than most kids to start to rebel but it got to the point where he couldn’t keep a hold on me and as soon as I could I got out of the house.

"When I was 16 he gave up hope. He had this image of his son as this guy who would be a policeman he hadn’t been lucky enough to be a professional ball player. He was a cop who liked being a cop but really wanted to be a baseball player. He felt I had talent. I was quite a good athlete but when I quit playing ball to practice with my band he was horrified and disgusted."

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