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Interview:
Band Likes Its Christmas "Twisted"
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Nothing says Christmas quite like Twisted Sister — especially when you get a load of the ’80s headbangers’ salute to the season on their new “Twisted Christmas.”

“We figured Christmas has been done in every style of music — classical, jazz, barbershop,” says frontman Dee Snider. “Everyone’s got a gazillion country versions of these songs, but there’s no metal versions.

“So we looked at this stuff — ‘How would AC/DC do this one? How would Judas Priest do this one? How would Thin Lizzy do this one?’ We took that approach to get different feels for the songs. It came out surprisingly good.” Snider and his bandmates have no allusions about “Twisted Christmas’ ” place in the creative spectrum, however. “This is a novelty record,” he acknowledges. “But people might actually buy it. Let’s face it; ’80s-style metal is easy listening now. It’s not the dangerous sound it was. They use ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ for hamburger and cold medicine commercials. “At the end of the day, people want to have a good time, and the purpose of this record is to have fun with it. And now oldschool rock fans have a Christmas album they can listen to it.”

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