Courtesy of Full Throttle Rock
I was 14 years old when I discovered Twisted Sister. The year was 1984 and I had just recently started developing an interest in music. It didn’t take long to realise there was something invigorating about the sounds of hard rock and heavy metal. Bands such as Van Halen and Quiet Riot became very popular on my cassette player. Then one day out of nowhere I heard this song playing on the radio, it was a song about standing up for yourself and not taking anyone’s crap. That song was We’re Not Gonna Take It and it would become a metal icon, an anthem that would speak to generation after generation. That was my introduction to Twisted Sister. Of course, not long after I would see them on MTV with their outrageous costumes and make up and the deal was done, I would forever be a fan. Given that, it is hardly a surprise I also gravitated towards bands like Kiss, Motley Crue and W.A.S.P. Their album of that year, Stay Hungry, is still to this day one of the all time greatest heavy metal albums I have heard and takes me back to those fond days every time I put it on. My two favourite member were singer Dee Snider and guitarist Jay Jay French. Recently the opportunity to speak with Jay Jay was presented to me, so over the course of our chat I asked him about his thoughts on the band’s career, Metallica, Sevendust and the Stay Hungry album amongst other things.