TWISTED SISTER singer Dee Snider discussed the band’s movie, “We Are Twisted F***ing Sister!”, during an appearance this past Monday, February 15 on “Good Day LA”, the morning television news and entertainment program airing on KTTV, a Fox owned-and-operated television station in Los Angeles, California. You can now watch the interview below.
“We Are Twisted F***ing Sister!”, a 134-minute documentary film by Andrew Horn, will be presented in theaters via Music Box Films in February. The first-ever documentary of the band that defined an early MTV with their no-holds-barred music videos opens in New York and Los Angeles on February 19 with a one-night-only event at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre on February 22. On February 23, the film will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, and digital formats, with an included two hours of bonus material and director commentary.
“We Are Twisted F***ing Sister!” recounts the untold story of TWISTED SISTER’s beginnings. Once upon a time, they were the GRAND FUNK of glam and the NEW YORK DOLLS of metal. Some considered TWISTED SISTER a joke; others called them the greatest bar band in the world. While the microcosm of punk/new wave was taking over New York City in the mid-’70s and early ’80s, TWISTED SISTER was battling its way to the top of a vast — and unique to its time — suburban, cover-band bar scene that surrounded New York City in a 100-mile radius, yet existed in a parallel universe. Guitarist Jay Jay French says: “The history of TWISTED is really our 10 years clawing our way through the bar scene. It’s who we are, and it’s why we are, and why we do what we do.”
The film follows the band from their beginnings as a cross-dressing glam band playing four shows a night, six nights a week in New Jersey bowling alleys and Long Island beach bars, to the suburban mega-clubs of the late ’70s and early ’80s, to their bust-out appearance on the U.K. rock TV show “The Tube”. Through it all, TWISTED stood ready to do or die for the sake of “the show,” giving their all to the crowd, and demanding full attention in return. They refused to play the usual bar band role of “human juke box for drunk and horny teens” — you were going to be entertained, whether you liked it or not.
They regaled their audiences with comedy rants, dragging them on stage for vomit-inducing drinking games, engaging them in fits of disco record smashing and, at their most extreme, whipping them into club-destroying frenzy. The performances were low on style and heavy on the humor and attitude — but behind it all, always smart and full of self-awareness. SPINAL TAP may have been clueless but TWISTED SISTER knew exactly what they were doing!
If you think you know them from their hit songs, the MTV videos and their massive stadium shows, this is the story of how they became that band — full of strange, and often hilarious, twists and turns. It’s about rock ‘n’ roll and the business of rock ‘n’ roll. It’s about perseverance and things blowing up in your face. It’s about finding yourself, finding your audience and doing literally anything, however wild, to connect with them. And even though we know how it ends, the roller coaster ride of getting there is what it’s all about. A mesmerizing, and wickedly funny story of a 10-year odyssey to overnight success.
Horn, who is known for his films “East Side Story” (named one of the ten best films of the year by Time magazine), “The Nomi Song”, “Doomed Love” and “The Big Blue”, said of the film: “I realized as I was working on the film, that it was really very much a story of how a band becomes a band. They are truly unique in that their overnight success actually took ten years, so you really get to experience everything TWISTED SISTER went through to do it. I have to say, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced any group of musicians as ferocious…or as funny.”