Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider turns 63 today (March 15), and besides being a stellar frontman, he’s also one of the best talkers in music. It doesn’t matter if it’s at a Congressional hearing, on social media or in a standard interview, whenever Dee voices his opinion, people listen. In honor of his birthday, here are four of our favorite Dee Snider quotes/sound bites.
He’s entire PMRC Senate hearing speech
A thirty-minute gem, Snider (dressed in his best denim) delivered a clear, concise and eye-opening speech on censorship in music and managed to get a few jabs in on Tipper Gore in front of then husband Al Gore in the process.
In 1985, a Senate hearing was instigated by the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), who wanted to introduce a parental warning system that would label all albums containing offensive material. The system was to include letters identifying the type of objectionable content to be found in each album (e.g.
"You know, out of all of the things that I do personally — and I do a lot of things, you know, I act and I do radio and I write screenplays , all of that stuff — the thing that I do best, I front a band and I front it like few front a band. But I'm not [part of that conversation]. I see a list of the greatest frontmen of all time and I'm like 46 and I'm going, '46?' I'm looking at the people in front of me going, 'Seriously, Tom Araya?' I mean, nothing against SLAYER, but, I mean, he's a bass player; he's not even a frontman! But that just speaks to the fact that, hey — and I think if Tom saw that list, he would go, 'Holy shit, I really shouldn't be in front of Dee.'
POINT / COUNTER POINT: "ROCK 'N' ROLL AIN'T DEAD" by Dee Snider Recently, my esteemed colleague, Gene Simmons of Kiss declared that "Rock 'n' Roll is finally dead". Really? While I have nothing...
His story about how Lemmy got Twisted Sister over in front of a U.K. crowd
This video came out in the days after Lemmy Kilmister’s passing, and it’s easily one of the best stories that was shared about the metal legend.
Lemmy Kilmister, frontman for Motorhead who passed away yesterday, will always have a special place in the heart of Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider as he recalls being saved by the hellraiser in a situation where the band nearly soiled their pants - details here!
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger who once did a presentation in a college public speaking course about why The Rolling Stones were better than The Beatles. (She received an A.)