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Twisted Sister is an American heavy metal band from Long Island, New York, United States popularized in comedic music videos on the television channel MTV in the 80s. Although formed as a David Bowie-inspired rock band by guitar player Jay Jay French in 1973, the band's style shifted to a more strident, aggressive metal-influenced sound when frontman Dee Snider joined the band and took over songwriting, leading to the creation of fan-favorite songs such as "I Wanna Rock", "We're Not Gonna Take It", and "Under the Blade".

They fused the shock tactics of Alice Cooper and W.A.S.P., the rebellious mood of the 'New Wave of British Heavy Metal', the biker-culture style of early Judas Priest, and the extravagant makeup of KISS. Dee Snider's outfits resulted in his nickname as "the best dressed woman in rock n roll" (which he embraces). Often misconceived as a simple glam group, as the makeup used on the band (Snider especially) reminds fans of horror films, Twisted Sister's music is a lot more hard hitting, with lyrics focusing on rebellion, anger, violence, and pride in rock n roll versus more traditional love songs or purely happy lyricism.

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Eddie Ojeda
since 1975 Background vocals, Guitar
Mark Mendoza
since 1978 Background vocals, Bass
Dee Snider
since 1976 Lead vocal
A.J. Pero
since 1982 till 1986 Drum set
since 2001 till 2015 Drum set
Toni Petri
since 1976 till 1980 Drum set
Richie Teeter
since 1980 till 1981 Drum set
Joe Franco
since 1986 till 1987 Drum set
Walt Woodward III
since 1982 till 1982 Drum set
Jay Jay French
Guitar, Background vocals

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