Twisted Sister's Secret Past

If you think they started in the 80s, you might be surprised to hear about their hidden failures and personal crisis through the 70s.

Twisted Sister's Secret Past
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If you think they started in the 80s, you might be surprised to hear about their hidden failures and personal crisis through the 70s. An upcoming documentary will reveal that Twisted Sister are older than many rock fans might think. Guitarist Jay Jay French says the band are about to hit their 40th anniversary this year - even though many presume the band started in the early 80s. "While most of the world thinks Twisted Sister started in 1984, there are those who know a different story," said French on the Twisted Sister website. "Diehard fans in the UK through it began a couple of years earlier when Secret Records signed us. There exists a fanbase who knew us with me, Dee Snider, Eddie Ojeda and, for a short time, bassist Ken Neill with an assortment of changing drummers. "Before that, Twisted Sister played hundreds of shows in. This version contained me and four people most of you don't know: vocalist Michael Valentine, guitarist Billy Diamond, bassist Kenny Neill and drummer Mell Starr." He says everyone except Neill was "either fired or left under very bad circumstances," and the lineup effectively split up in 1974. "The first breakup led to a personal crisis at the age of 22," he says. "That forever changed my life and taught me how to cope in the face of total failure, both professionally and emotionally. The lessons learned form the basis of the future Twisted Sister." French thinks the first lineup would never have made it. "None of the members, except Kenny, had what it takes. The lack of focus, professionalism and raw talent became obvious and the proof is that of all the original five members, I alone remain standing." The documentary, filmed by producer Andy Horn, will be out this year.

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    Pit_
    "The lack of focus, professionalism and raw talent became obvious and the proof is that of all the original five members, I alone remain standing." Modest dude.
    Mike Quall
    michael VALENTINE,my bloody VALENTINE, bullet for my VALENTINE. i see whats goin on
    CultofSG
    Man, the sleepless nights I've had wondering about the "secret" past of Twisted Sister...
    Wolfinator-x
    I knew this. Many bands big in the 80's started in the early 70s, and some even in the 60s. Some include Van Halen, Scorpions and Judas Priest.
    badfish_lewis
    So they actually sucked longer than we thought they sucked
    Braykah
    So I take it as that you've only heard I Wanna Rock and We're Not Gonna Take It and automatically group them together with the rest of the glam acts of the 80s? Poor you.
    Braykah
    How is this news?
    Braykah
    Apart from the documentary, I mean. It's not exactly a secret that Twisted Sister was active before they released Stay Hungry and found success through MTV.
    kertets
    It was before they became twisted, back then we just called them sister.
    StoneDeadForeva
    I liked their early stuff. The live sets from those days were also legit as ****. Maybe not to everybody's taste, but that is music for you. They definitely were hard working, hard rocking and they still get paid to do what they love....
    jschexna
    Raw talent? These guys should have stuck to comedy. They have been an embarrasment to metal for 40 yeras. Go away , PLEASE!
    lynyrd1983
    Oh, the secret past was that they formed in the 70's? Whew, I thought maybe the secret past would be a shocking secret like they were all cross dressers that wore lipstick and such. Glad that's not true.
    scorpio2billion
    A more interesting footnote would be to mention that Mark Mendoza, their bassist, left The Dictators to join Twisted Sister. Which is like leaving Led Zeppelin to join Carrot Top.