Dee Snider: “I Wrote Twisted Sister’s Biggest-Selling Album In 45 Minutes”

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Dee Snider reveals that he conjured up Twisted Sister’s iconic “Stay Hungry” album in a mere 45 minutes. He described this songwriting burst as opening a “creativity faucet.”

Twisted Sister, a renowned name from the ’80s rock world, wasn’t an overnight sensation. Their path to stardom spanned 12 years, culminating with their 1984 hit album “Stay Hungry.” This album launched them to the top, with timeless tracks like “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock” that ultimately earned multi-platinum status.

In a chat with Vintage Rock Pod, Dee shared how he almost impulsively wrote the initial version of the album in under an hour:

“I’d have my song names, grab my handheld recorder, and draw inspiration straight from a title. In fact, for our most successful album, ‘Stay Hungry,’ I sat down while my son was napping, and my wife went grocery shopping. I used this short window to let the ideas flow and by the time she returned, almost the entire album was drafted.”

However, one song, “The Price,” was an exception. He humorously mentioned that he wrote it in Jimmy Page’s restroom during a different recording session.

Speaking on their groundbreaking music videos for “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock”, Dee credited them as trendsetters. The initial video concept was his brainchild. When the Atlantic Records head hesitated, Dee’s then-manager, Phil Carson, backed him up.


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