Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider turns 63 today (March 15), and besides being a stellar frontman, he’s also one of the best talkers in music. It doesn’t matter if it’s at a Congressional hearing, on social media or in a standard interview, whenever Dee voices his opinion, people listen. In honor of his birthday, here are four of our favorite Dee Snider quotes/sound bites.
He’s entire PMRC Senate hearing speech
A thirty-minute gem, Snider (dressed in his best denim) delivered a clear, concise and eye-opening speech on censorship in music and managed to get a few jabs in on Tipper Gore in front of then husband Al Gore in the process.
“You know, out of all of the things that I do personally — and I do a lot of things, you know, I act and I do radio and I write screenplays , all of that stuff — the thing that I do best, I front a band and I front it like few front a band. But I’m not [part of that conversation]. I see a list of the greatest frontmen of all time and I’m like 46 and I’m going, ’46?’ I’m looking at the people in front of me going, ‘Seriously, Tom Araya?’ I mean, nothing against SLAYER, but, I mean, he’s a bass player; he’s not even a frontman! But that just speaks to the fact that, hey — and I think if Tom saw that list, he would go, ‘Holy shit, I really shouldn’t be in front of Dee.’
His story about how Lemmy got Twisted Sister over in front of a U.K. crowd
This video came out in the days after Lemmy Kilmister’s passing, and it’s easily one of the best stories that was shared about the metal legend.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger who once did a presentation in a college public speaking course about why The Rolling Stones were better than The Beatles. (She received an A.)