Why Twisted Sister Actually Matters
Known today mostly as a one-hit wonder and a rock history footnote from the hair metal era, Twisted Sister's story of slow rise and rapid fall shows how fleeting fame can be.
Started in the summer of 1971, Denim Delinquent covered the angry young bands that the high-minded rock press refused to touch.
In the 1980s, all you needed to be a hardcore band was two chords, an attitude, and a drawing of Ronald Reagan with a Hitler mustache.
I recently got the Sleepers' guitarist Michael Belfer on the phone to talk about his days in the band, and it was a real kick. Here's what he had to say while I poured a few beers down my throat.
Here comes Dave Markey and Jordan Schwarz rendering all this crap littering my shelves obsolete with their three-hundred page monster of a book entitled We Got Power: Hardcore Punk Scenes from 1980's Southern California.
Finally, a book about those acid gobbling weirdos, The Meat Puppets.
That's right, the Grateful Dead. If you've got a problem with that, then I've got a problem with your face.
"I think it's very bad design to have the human body as the shell. It's just so fragile."