He recently performed an acoustic version of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” to mark the opening of the Louder Than Words: Rock, Power & Politics exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on May 19. “There’s been a connection between rock and politics since the very beginning, and I will always be there when it comes to fighting for just causes and the First Amendment.” FOX411 sat down with Snider, 61 to discuss the untold origin of “I Wanna Rock,” the constant struggle between politicians and the First Amendment, and Twisted Sister’s ultimate legacy.
FOX411: I’m curious who your influences were when you first started writing songs.
I was constantly complaining about the songs, and one day, they said, “Do you write songs? FOX411: In your 2012 autobiography "Shut Up and Give Me the Mic: A Twisted Memoir," you mention how much you loved the 1967 Human Beinz cover of The Isley Brothers’ classic “Nobody But Me,” which has the repetitive “no no no” line that you said drove your dad a bit crazy whenever you kept on singing it. Well, I don’t know if it drove my dad crazy as much as it was a point of humiliation for me. (Whispers,) “Yes, Dad…” That’s how I got even with my father! I will notate that for the future: “Somebody pointed out…” FOX411: I always thought that connection made a lot of sense.
Here's a sampling of some of Prince's dirtiest lyrics.(NOTES: Unfortunately, Prince doesn't love the Internet, so none of his songs can be found on You Tube. If Tipper Gore thought that "Darling Nikki" was filthy enough to warrant a Senate hearing, she probably would have sent the military to invade Minneapolis and detain Prince if she ever heard "Jack U Off". "Little Red Corvette" (1982) The Dirt: "U had a pocket full of horses/Trojan and some of them used...
Also, in transcribing the lyrics, I've tried my best to use the classic Prince spellings, so all of those "2"s and "U"s are intentional.) The Dirt: "I knew a girl named Nikki, I guess U could say she was a sex fiend/I met her in a hotel lobby, masturbating with a magazine" The opening lines to "Darling Nikki" are so shockingly blunt that it's almost comical, especially since no other song from You don't have to explain how intercourse works, Prince. I'm gonna try 2 tame your little red love machine" Prince, why would you hang with anybody who carries around used condoms in their pocket?
“I’d rather we go out on top and not keep doing endless ‘final’ reunion tours,” says Twisted frontman Dee Snider.
In the meantime, Snider is keeping himself busy by prepping a solo album for a possible fall release as well as continuing to fight for First Amendment rights.
Dee Snider: Songwriting-wise, I’ve really got to go with Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, AC/DC, and — very important — Slade.If not for the [English glam-rock] band Slade, there would be no “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” FOX411: Yeah, Slade wrote a lot of ’70s rock anthems. It’s little known, but they wrote “Cum on Feel the Noize” and “Mama Weer All Crazee Now,” those two Quiet Riot hits. I mean, they inspired a lot of bands — bands like KISS, Cheap Trick, Quiet Riot, and Twisted Sister. FOX411: How early on did you know you wanted to be a songwriter?After nearly 40 years in the music business, Prince revealed yesterday that he would no longer be cursing in his songs. "Head" (1980) The Dirt: "I'll give U head/Til you're burning up/Head/Til U get enough/Head/Til your love is red/Head love til you're dead" Prince, I'm pretty sure she's going to tell you to stop at some point before she dies, so don't go setting aside the rest of your life to do this. "Lovesexy" (1988) The Dirt: "Oh pretty little whip/U got me drippin'/Drippin' all over the floor, the floor" I know he's probably talking about sweat, but he could so easily be talking about something else here. Of course, bad words aren't even close to being the most scandalous part of Prince's songs. "Jack U Off" (1981) The Dirt: "If you're tired of the masturbator/Come on over 2 my neighborhood/We can jump in the sack and I'll jack U off" Just look at that title. "Delirious" (1982) The Dirt: "My temperature's runnin' hot/Baby U got 2 stop/'Cuz if U don't I'm gonna explode/And girl, I got a lot" I'm sure whoever it is Prince is singing to in this song appreciates the warning. "Let's Pretend We're Married" (1982) The Dirt: "Look here, Marsha, I'm not saying this just 2 be nasty/I sincerely wanna f**k the taste out of your mouth" ... Ladies, if any man says this to you, even if it's Prince, you should probably call the police. "International Lover" (1982) The Dirt: "If 4 any reason there is a loss in cabin pressure/I will automatically drop down 2 apply more/2 activate the flow of excitement" Prince wrote an extended air-travel related innuendo without a single reference to the mile-high club. Dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, and even more exotic pets from Little Otter, WV are available for sale or adoption. Make sure to have your pet spade or neutered, and comply with all local licensing requirements after you adopt.
Say it ain’t so: After a handful more live dates scheduled throughout the remainder of 2016, metal legends Twisted Sister will be hanging up their leathers for good after 40 years of headbanging service.