The sophomore release and debut big label breakthrough for New York Metal Glamsters TWISTED SISTER with Atlantic Records, 1983’s ‘’You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll’’, upped the ante with a hard hitting, street ready rabble rousing debacle that still manages to bristle with excitement and electricity to this day.
Feeding off incendiary live performances and a huge ‘’Fuck You’’ attitude TWISTED SISTER looked ugly, looked mean and could play like Sick Mother Fuckers whereas KISS was all pomp and showmanship they couldn’t play for shit and it’s not surprising that with such strong head banging anthems as ‘’The Kids Are Back’’, ‘’Ride to Live, Live To Ride’’ and the UK breaker ‘’I Am (I’m Me) gave TWISTED SISTER a hit album and legions of new SMF’s the world over.
Of course 84’s ‘’Stay Hungry’’ would present a much more polished radio friendly TWISTED SISTER but on ‘’You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll’’ TWISTED SISTER were still a low life street band with a knack for writing catchy three minute Hard Rock/ Metal classics. The bands appeal lay in performing short sharp shocks that were instantly accessible to the kids and ironically even though the band looked like transsexual hookers it worked and went a long way in fuelling the likes of WASP in the years to come. Fronted by the irrepressible Dee Snider they had a front man who could not only sing but could command an audience with ease in a similar manner to Bon Scott. Simply put TWISTED SISTER killed live.
I’d be surprised if this wasn’t one of the bands most popular releases. It’s got it all from the up tempo Rocker ‘’The Power And The Glory’’, the sheer Metal blow out on ‘’Like A Knife In The Back’’ and ‘’We’re Gonna Make It’’ to the simple beauty of the ballad ‘’You’re Not Alone (Suzette’s Song). The gloves are off on ‘’I’ll Take You Alive’’ with Snider’s infamous snarl decimating small villages whilst the title track itself was to become a staple live feature for tours to come.
All in all after the initial success of 82’s independent release ‘’Under The Blade’’ TWISTED SISTER reaped the rewards of industrious hard work and pulled together to deliver one of Metal’s true classic records. (Online August 27, 2005)