Twisted Sister – We Are Twisted Fucking Sister (DVD via Monoduo Films)

Twisted Sister – We Are Twisted Fucking Sister (DVD via Monoduo Films)

Produced and Directed by Andrew Horn.

Glam rock, glam metal, the world’s greatest bar band, call them what you will (the joke option is not an option, this band were serious), and Twisted Sister came to the fore in the late 70s and early 80s ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ and ‘I Am I’m Me’ were blistering and successful classics, and frontman Dee Snider went on to a noteable solo and TV career. Although there’s been no new music in many a year, the band still perform live, have done for years, marred only by death of drummer AJ Perro. But there’s been no serious historical look.

 

 

This film by Andrew Horn takes a long hard look and wonderful it is.The film opens with a live clip from The Tube, before whisking us back to 1972 and the band’s roots and beginnings.

New York, 1972, the music scene was changing, the New York Dolls, David Bowie, the band jumped on something and given the sheer intense number of clubs, there’s many story of club performances and antics as well as line up changes, photos, talking heads. Former bassist Ken Neil talks eloquently to camera, much talk of the Rat Race Choir and many (unheard of before or since) early members. Dee Snider always comes over well, talking about his joining, and even a poster featuring The Twister Sisters.

The little live material shown from the 70s is bootleg quality, but it shows well the band’s energy, and proof the band were self made through their efforts. Talk of Groundhog Day with the constant gigging and travelling, 3 sets a night.

As Dee puts it, they wanted to give the fans something fresh to look at, and that they did with aplomb. I won’t spoil this story too much, but one club they played was about to shut down, owners and landlords at each others’ throats, so under instruction the place is trashed. Keith Moon eat your heart out.

There’s much that Dee has a word on, both to camera and on stage, this man can talk and trust me it’s worth a listen. From early gig trashings to politics, conflicts with record labels and lack of budgets. The film stops in the mid 80s, stating the break up and reformation.

There’s shots of much memorabilia too, but given the amount of talking, I would have liked a bit more live material in the 130+ minutes of film.

There are extras too, making for good value.

Probably too much for the casual listener but essential for any fan. 8/10

Joe Geesin

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