Twisted Sister was an American heavy metal band originally from Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, and later based in Long Island, New York.Twisted Sister’s best-known hits include “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock”, which had music videos noted for their sense of slapstick humor. Many of the band’s songs explore themes of parent vs. child conflicts and criticisms of the educational system.
Although the band is often considered glam metal for its image,front-man Dee Snider considers the term to be inappropriate.Twisted Sister are also ranked No. 73 in VH1’s 100 greatest artists of hard rock.
The band Silver Star, soon to be renamed to Twisted Sister, was formed after John Segall (later renamed to “Jay Jay French”) was added following auditions in the “band house” located in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey in late December 1972.Manhattan resident John Segall auditioned and was asked to join the “glitter band” Silver Star. Silver Star was the creation of the drummer Mel Anderson (Mel Star) as the “New Jersey version of the New York Dolls”, consisting of Billy Diamond (lead guitar), Wayne Brown (lead vocal and guitar), Tony Bunn (bass), Steve Guarino (keyboards). At the same time as Silver Star/Twisted Sister was created, Mel Star’s brother, Al Anderson, was the guitar player for Bob Marley and the Wailers. Segall hated the name “Silver Star” and pushed to have it changed. Michael O’Neill took over the lead singer role from Wayne Brown who had left. O’Neill came up with the name Twisted Sister at a rehearsal on Valentine’s Day in February 1973. Mel was so excited about the new name that as soon as rehearsal ended, he went directly from his house in Montclair, NJ to the band’s manager’s office in West Orange, NJ, and barged in to make the announcement.