Current Playlist

Here’s what I’ve been listening to in the last week or so (reviews are coming for most of these)……

Sepultura – A-lex (2009): I’m not the biggest Sepultura fan but I have most of the early albums with Max Cavalera. When Max left and Derrick Greene came in, I started to forget about the band. I’ve had the album for a month now and I’ve been giving it a lot of play.

Kreator – Hordes Of Chaos (2009): Hard to believe that it’s been four years since ENEMY OF GOD (2005) but Kreator is back. I got this around the same time as the new Sepultura so I’ve been giving the good old Thrash on HORDES OF CHAOS a lot of play.

Suidakra – Crógacht (2009): I have never heard anything from Suidakra before and a combination of Black Metal and Death Metal isn’t really my style of choice but I received an advance copy and I will have a review soon.

Axiom – A Means To An End (2008): This debut album from Sacramento’s Axiom came out at the end of November 2008 but the logjam of CDs on my desk pushed this to the new year. So far it’s solid Progressive Metal and I will have a review of this soon. More info at Axiomband.net

Saxon – Into The Labyrinth (2009): My favorite album of the year so far! I know we’re only one month into 2009 but Saxon are one of my Top 5 favorite bands of all-time and they have really had a strong run of albums since 1997. This will easily land in my year end best of list for 2009.

Grave Digger – Ballads Of A Hangman (2009): I’ve been a Grave Digger fan since way back around WITCH HUNTER in ’85 so this new record was a must to pick up last week. It’s also the Album Of the Month for February 2009 so a review will come this week.

Twisted Sister – Under The Blade (1982): I haven’t heard this album in a long time and I thought I had it in my collection but I didn’t. Picked this up last week and this has been the main album playing in my house because my 10 yr old daughter is obsessed with all things Twisted Sister. Not sure how that happened. I have to give my daughter credit, she knows her TS and she pointed out to me that this CD (Spitfire reissue from 1999) is the re-mixed version of the album that was released in 1985 and not the original. I have no idea how she knew that but she needs to hear the original!

Metallica – Death Magnetic (2008): Even though this album made my Top 30 Albums of 2008 at #30, I really never gave this album as much time as I should have. Metallica is arguably the biggest Heavy Metal band on the planet and I put DEATH MAGNETIC aside quickly. Now that I’ve had a chance to have some fresh listens, I’m starting to enjoy it more.

Ratt – Out Of The Cellar (1984): I am participating in a debut album tournament at the Hair Metal Mansion and OUT OF THE CELLAR has been voted into the final so I’ve been spinning this for comparison to…..

Cinderella – Night Songs (1986): …..who is Ratt’s opponent. I think both albums are truly solid debuts but after some serious listening I have to go with my gut and pick Ratt.

New Year’s Eve Playlist

Here we are on the eve of 2009 and for some reason I’m getting more of a sense of “the end” rather than “the beginning”. For me, I usually can’t wait for New Year’s. It’s a time to start over, to right wrongs and set things in order. It’s a time of promise and of hope because we all think that the new year will be better then the last. I’ve been very lucky, every year of my life has gotten better. Some years are harder than others but they are all filled with much more good than bad.

Today is a day that I’ve been looking back instead of forward. I’ve remembered old friends and thought of really good times and even some rough ones too. Helping me out in all of this is my CD collection (Hey, I just couldn’t stay serious the whole time, it all comes down to music in the end!). Instead of listening to the upcoming Saxon or Kreator I decided to sit in front of the stereo and spin some albums that I haven’t pulled out in a long time.

Lana Lane – Ballad Collection Special Edition (2000): I’m a big fan of Lana Lane, she’s probably the best female vocalist out there that no one really knows. This collection is a 2 CD set that encompasses both individual albums (BALLAD COLLECTION I & II) in one nice package. Both individual albums are out of print Japanese releases so this reissue is very cool. The ballads fit my mood: slow and relaxing.

Extreme – s/t (1989): Extreme’s first album was one of the great “parking lot” albums of the late ’80s. ‘Mutha (Don’t Wanna Go To School Today’ and ‘Kid Ego’ were big time radio hits on local radio at the time but all the girls in my circle of friends loved the album’s ballad ‘Watching, Waiting’. Good memories of good friends. I was 16 in ’89, we would all park at the Color Tile in the Stop & Shop plaza (we all worked at Stop & Shop) and the cops never kicked us out. We drank a little but it was mostly loud music and hanging out until we found a particular place to party. My favorite off this album is ‘Wind Me Up’.

Damn Yankees – s/t (1990): This album was one of the soundtracks to my senior year in high school and my first year of college. What a solid record, they just had a winning formula with the Tommy Shaw/Jack Blades harmonies. ‘Coming Of Age’ was a big Rock tune but it was the two ballads (‘High Enough’ & ‘Come Again’) that sent the album to mega-status. My best memory was waiting in line in the rain at the Providence Civic Center with a wristband to buy tickets to the Bad Company/Damn Yankees show. We spent four hours in line and the only thing I remember most is the group of Deadheads that were literally camped out because there was a rumor that Grateful Dead tickets were going onsale at some point. We played this album everywhere but this was a car record and still is for me today!

KISS – Psycho Circus (1998): Of all the albums by my favorite band, this one is extremely significant because it’s the album and tour where I got my oldest daughter’s middle name from. No it’s not Gene, Paul, Peter or Ace! PSYCHO CIRCUS was getting a ton of airplay at the time and the tour was opening in Boston (after the Halloween show in L.A.) with 2 shows. I waited in line at a department store that had Ticketmaster around 5am, I was second in line! What I remember most is around 8am a couple came with their 3 yr. old daughter to stand in line. All this little girl did was dance around and talk to all of us KISS freaks…..her name was Jade and that’s my daughter’s middle name.

Twisted Sister – Stay Hungry (1984): I’ve been listening to this album a lot over the last year because my 10 yr. old daughter has taken to this album with such dedication. She reminds me of me at age 10! Actually, my daughter has been raiding my CD cases for all things Twisted Sister and I finally had to load her brand new iPod Nano with all the band’s albums. STAY HUNGRY was one of those album that everyone had back in ’84 and there really isn’t a bad song on the album…..I just can’t listen to ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ anymore. Best song on the album for me is ‘The Price’, my daughter and I duet that one to my wife’s delight. My daughter wants you all to know her favorites are ‘Burn In Hell’ and ‘I Wanna Rock’.

Aersomith – Done With Mirrors (1985): This tour was my first concert. Aerosmith and Ted Nugent at the Providence Civic Center (March 18, 1986). I remember my friend’s older brother buying the tickets because it was the band’s big reunion and we couldn’t miss it. (Just an aside — DONE WITH MIRRORS was the band’s official reunion album, it wasn’t the next album PERMANENT VACATION.) I didn’t have the new record yet and my Mom got it for me on cassette for Valentine’s Day, a full month before the show. I played the hell out of that album: in the car, on my stereo, Walkman, boombox…..I think that was the only album I played for a solid month so I could learn all the tunes. I wrote down the setlist during the show so I wouldn’t forget and I tucked that into the cassette insert. When I replaced the tape with a CD years ago, I moved the paper to the CD booklet. I had forgotten all about that and I found it when I took out the booklet today. I’ve played the CD tons of times over the years but I never bothered with the booklet! They played 5 songs off the new album and I knew every word! To this day, DONE WITH MIRRORS is my favorite Aerosmith record. Here’s that setlist:

1. Back In The Saddle
2. Same Old Song And Dance
3. Bone To Bone (Coney Island White Fish Boy)
4. Big Ten Inch Record
5. My Fist Your Face
6. Last Child
7. She’s On Fire
8. The Hop
9. Walkin’The Dog
10. Red House
11. Lightning Strikes
12. Shela
13. Walk This Way
14. Let The Music Do The Talking
15. Sweet Emotion
16. Toys In The Attic
17. Dream On
18. Train Kept A Rollin’

CD Scavenger Hunt – The final hunt of 2008

I went out on my final CD hunt last Wednesday to the local record store. I had two “$5 off a $25 purchase” coupons to use up before they expired so I took the two hours I had free before I had to pick up the kids at school and went shopping. I braved a small crowd buying up Xmas gifts and I managed to find a couple of bargains…..

yngwie-malmsteen-odyssey-1988Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force – Odyssey (1988) – $10: Have I ever told you my Yngwie ODYSSEY story? I had it on cassette and it died. I could buy this album brand new for $15 anywhere over the years but I chose to be difficult and buy it used. Over the last ten years I have bought this CD used at least 5 or 6 times and each time there has been a scratch that has made the CD skip. In a couple of cases, I even used a CD fixer before I returned it to the store I bought it. Everytime I walk into one of my local shops, I always grab the new copy of ODYSSEY for $15 and say “Today is the day I’m buying it!”. I walked in the local shop and this album was under one of the staff’s recommended picks and it was brand new for ten bucks! I finally bought it…..

Music Review Twisted SisterTwisted Sister – Live At The Astoria (2008) – $16: I meant to go and grab this two weeks agao when it came out but I forgot. Twisted Sister has had a successful resurgence in the last few years but the revival in my house is due to my 10 year old daughter who has become a total SMF. She’s way too young for me to explain what SMF actually means, all she knows is that it’s what the band calls their fans! The pressure from her to buy the new TS album, and the sale price, was enough for me to pull the trigger. $16 isn’t bad for a CD/DVD combo.

Purchase #1 Total = $21 (after the $5 off coupon)

I give my local shop some credit for having good sale prices and coupons but enforcing the “1 coupon per customer” rule is kind of dumb. I work in retail and I know that policies like that can be relaxed a little, especially when you know a customer is going to walk out of the store and turn around through the entrance again! Unfortunately, the guy at the counter was being an enforcer so I went out to the car, dropped off Yngwie & Twisted, and went back in for more…..

jorn-lonely-are-the-brave-2008Jorn Lande – Lonely Are The Brave (2008) – $14: I finally broke down and picked up the U.S. release because I know that I am never going to break down and order the  European Limited Edition with the two bonus tracks. I keep meaning to order it or buy it from Ebay but I never get around to it.

ironmaidenandnewwaveofbyw4Iron Maiden & The NWOBHM DVD (2008) – $18: I am a huge NWOBHM fan and I love anything that has to do with NWOBHM history. This DVD has been on my radar since it’s release earlier in the year but the online prices have been too high. The record store finally got in a copy and I couldn’t pass it up. I’ve already watched it 3 times and it’s a great DVD.

Purchase Total #2 = $28 (after the second $5 off coupon)

That’s not all! I had a few bucks left in Paypal and I like to use it all up by the end of the year so I went to Ebay and decided to grab a CD that has been too expensive until now…..

kiss-jigoku-retsudenKISS – Jigoku Retsuden (2008) – $28: I featured this album in the WANTED column back in October but the high price for this Japan only release had me scared. The economy has sucked so bad that spending close to $30 on one CD is too rich right now. I never had a problem before but this feeling of responsibility has stopped the purchase until now. The CD was $28 and the shipping was $8 for registered airmail but I had close to $40 in Paypal from selling some old junk online…..I consider this purchase a freebie!

Twisted Sister – ‘Silver Bells’ & ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ (featuring Lita Ford) (videos, 2008)

Time to get into the holiday spirit! Here’s two more Xmas videos from Twisted Sister’s A TWISTED CHRISTMAS. Look for Lita Ford’s husband, former Nitro vocalist Jim Gillette, in the 2nd video.

‘Silver Bells’

‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’

Early Monday Morning Metal – 7/28/08

Nothing is worse than being tired and having so much to do. That is exactly how last week went for me! My work schedule changed again because my assistant is out with an eye injury so I have had the overnight shift for the last two weeks. Of course the overnight shift is where I originally started so going back to my “old job” is a pretty good deal, very relaxing and not too much responsibility. Unfortunately, it’s taken my body the full two weeks to get back into my old sleeping pattern so I have been extra tired. Add the oppressive heat and torrential downpours that we’ve had here in Rhode Island and it’s making my two daughters stir crazy! I’ve been doing anything I can to keep them amused and sneaking in naps while they are playing video games or doing arts & crafts.

Sunday was my day off and I swore that I was going to catch up on the site, my music, and some overdue chores around the house…..I slept instead! I got home at 10am from work and slept most of the afternoon. when I got up, I lasted until after dinner. I think I fell back asleep around 7pm and woke up around 4am…..WIDE AWAKE! So what do you do when you’re up at 4am and everyone else is out cold? You start playing DJ and spin some early Monday Morning Metal!

Twisted Sister – Stay Hungry (1984): This is one of those albums that my oldest daughter really enjoys and I have Spongebob Squarepants to thank! In the Spongebob Squarepants Movie, there is a scene at the end where Spongebob performs the ‘Goofy Goober Rock’. The song is ‘I Wanna Rock’ with different lyrics and a David Lee Roth ‘California Girls’ sample. The good news is that she has borrowed the album and she knows it by heart! She also knows LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS (1987) word for word also and has both albums in her MP3 player. I decided I wanted to hear STAY HUNGRY without the vocal stylings of a 10 yr. old but it is cool to sing along with her.

‘Goofy Goober Rock’

‘I Wanna Rock’

Trixter – Trixter (1990): I know what everyone is thinking, “Trixter?”. Back in my senior year of high school, especially that summer after we graduated, Trixter was a huge deal on RI radio stations. I saw this when I was reaching for STAY HUNGRY so I pulled this out for a quick spin just to hear the two singles. I remember the hype was that all the guys in the band were teenagers, a prime gimmick that all the girls ate up, but they were all in their early 20s! This one doesn’t stand the test of time but it did remind me of hanging out in the parking lots with 50-100 other people on the weekends!

‘Give It To Me Good’

‘One In A Million’

When you sit in front of around 3000 CDs wondering which ones you haven’t heard in a long time, it gets a little crazy. I started making piles of discs to spin and I soon had close to 30 CDs ready to go! Unfortunately, I only had a window of 4 hours before everyone else woke up and my wife got ready for work. The next two choices had to be good…..

Dangerous Toys – Dangerous Toys (1989): Another “parking lot” band that everyone really liked back in the day. I remember driving around in my buddies Nova and playing this cassette over and over again. Best song here for me was ‘Queen Of The Nile’ but the whole record is strong. Dangerous Toys was one of those bands that we all thought would make it really big because they had a similar sound to Guns ‘N Roses. Definitely one of those ’80s bands that gets no credit, ‘Scared’ & ‘Teas’n, Please’n’ were a” over MTV and radio back in the day.

‘Scared’

‘Tease’n, Please’n’

Y&T – In Rock We Trust (1984): I haven’t listened to enough Y&T over the last few years and that’s too bad because they were (and still are) a great band. I was the only one I knew that like Y&T BEFORE ‘Summertime Girls’ hit MTV back in ’85. I remember picking up this cassette after I saw the video for ‘Don’t Stop Runnin’ and that was it. One of my friends use to bust my chops about that song saying it was the best Paul Stanley song that didn’t make ANIMALIZE. I hear some similarities but Y&T weren’t KISS Klones at all. I have the recent reissue that has ‘Go For The Throat’ added from the Hear ‘N Aid benefit album and OPEN FIRE (1985).

‘Don’t Stop Runnin’

Black ‘N Blue – Black ‘N Blue (1984): Great debut! I remember the hype on Black ‘N Blue in all the magazines back in ’83/’84 and I got this cassette without ever hearing a note. Side 1 was always my favorite: ‘The Strong Will Rock’, ‘School Of Hard Knocks’, ‘Autoblast’, ‘Hold On To 18′, and ‘Wicked Bitch’. ‘Hold On To 18′ had decent MTV rotation, I was glued to that station 24/7! All BNB albums are hard to find on CD but the reissue box set on Majestic came out a few years ago so I picked it up. I play this record once a month and it’s probably one of my favorite from ’84. Too band Gene $immons diluted their sound on future records. BTW, watch the video…..doesn’t Jaime St. James look like a cross between Dee Snider & Paul Stanley? And who is that guitarist that looks like Ace Frehley? LOL!

‘Hold On To 18′

Metal Mixtape – 4/6/08

Another Sunday is in the books and the work week has started off with a bang! Sunday overtime is good for the wallet but bad for the soul, the nice thing is that I get off work early and I can go home to listen to music. Everyone’s asleep, the headphones are on and I’m sitting in front of the stereo and CDs…..

Riot – ‘Outlaw’ (1981): What a great song from FIRE DOWN UNDER! Massive hook in the chorus and solid guitar. Mark Reale is just a great guitarist. Guy Speranza was a solid vocalist…..(Guy Speranza R.I.P. – pancreatic cancer – 2003)

Riot – ‘Hard Lovin’ Man’ (1982): Guy Speranza leaves, Rhett Forrester takes over. Solid opening track, real gritty. Guitar is top notch and Forrester erases any doubts at the mic. (Rhett Forrester R.I.P. – murdered – 1994)

Rainbow – ‘Stone Cold’ (1982): I can never get enough Joe Lynn Turner and he was at his best when teamed with Ritchie Blackmore in Rainbow. Such a cool effortless vocal by the king of smooth…..JLT. Does this guy ever sound bad?

Helix – ‘Rock You’ (1984): “Gimme an R….!” A great anthem for rock! I never get bored listening to Helix and this was a great song during my early teenage years. I remember this song being played between Ted Nugent and Aerosmith at my first concert in Providence. Everyone was chanting R-O-C-K…..it was awesome!

Twisted Sister – ‘You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n Roll’ (1983): While we’re on the subject of Rock anthems, this is one of the most underrated of the early ’80s. TS before they got big, I always thought they looked better in denim & leather in the video than they did in the costumes & makeup live.

ZZ Top – ‘T.V. Dinners’ (1983): Saw the video earlier in the day and I had to hear the song again. This was the first ZZ Top video I ever saw. Not sure how I missed the other videos, I had MTV when it came out in ’81 and I was hooked. “I even like the chicken if the sauce is not too blue….” Classic!

Dangerous Toys – ‘Scared’ (1989): Huge hit here in Rhode Island! Basically a GnR clone but they were loved in my Metal circle back in the day. Great album too.

KISS – ‘Sure Know Something’ (1979): Probably my favorite KISS song and it comes off a very underrated album, DYNASTY. If you fatten the sound on most songs and take the disco out, the album would Rock. ‘Sure Know Something’ was the second single and it flopped. I like it because it’s more of a ballad type song and Paul Stanley sings great. Always liked this tune.

KISS – ‘Mr. Speed’ (1976): OK, this ties ‘Sure Know Something’ for favorite KISS song. ROCK AND ROLL OVER is my favorite KISS album and I always loved this song. Every tour, I wish that they would go deep and pull this song out.

Motley Crue – ‘Helter Skelter’ (1983): I heard the original by The Beatles on the classic rock station when I was driving home. I really only listened to the Crue version but I did notice that The Beatles rocked that song hard. I still like the Crue version better.

Motley Crue – ‘Afraid’ (1997): Yes, I’m one of those guys that actually likes GENERATION SWINE. I thought ‘Afraid’ was a good single and it came out great live when I saw Crue and Cheap Trick in Worcester, MA on the tour. What I remember most about this tune is the girl I was dating when this came out, the song described her perfectly.

Twisted Sister – ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ & ‘Oh Come All Ye Faithful’ (animated) from A Twisted Christmas Live DVD (video, 2007)

Here is a live video for ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ from A Twisted Christmas Live DVD, this can give you a taste of what the concert portion of the DVD is like. 

I’ve posted the video for ‘Oh Come All Ye Faithful’ before but here is the animated version that is part of the bonus features on the DVD.

Twisted Sister – A Twisted Christmas Live DVD (2007)

Twisted Sister - A Twisted Christmas Live DVD (2007) 

Twisted Sister – A Twisted Christmas Live DVD (2007, Razor & Tie)

2006 Live Concert from the Starland Ballroom, New Jersey:

  1. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  2. Shoot’em Down
  3. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  4. The Fire Still Burns
  5. You Can’t Stop Rock & Roll
  6. White Christmas
  7. The Price
  8. Oh Come All Ye Faithful
  9. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
  10. Burn In Hell
  11. Silver Bells
  12. I Wanna Rock
  13. Heavy Metal Christmas (The 12 Days Of Christmas)
  14. We’re Not Gonna Take It

Bonus Features:

  1. Oh Come All Ye Faithful (music video)
  2. Oh Come All Ye Faithful (animated video)
  3. Heavy Metal Christmas (The 12 Days Of Christmas) (in-studio performance)
  4. Exclusive Interviews
  5. Mendoza’s Choir

Band Lineup:
Dee Snider – Vocals
Jay Jay French – Guitars
Eddie Ojeda – Guitars
Mark ‘The Animal’ Mendoza – Bass
A.J. Pero – Drums

(Region 1, NTSC, Running Time = N/A)

Twisted Sister official website
Razor & Tie Records

Twisted Sister decided to film their 2006 holiday show at The Starland Ballroom in New Jersey and release it on their latest DVD – A TWISTED CHRISTMAS LIVE. That special performance captured the band doing live renditions of new Christmas classics from their last album, A TWISTED CHRISTMAS (2006), and Twisted Sister concert staples like ‘I Wanna Rock’ and ‘You Can’t Stop Rock & Roll’.

The concert is a multi-camera shoot, audio and video are very well done. That’s it for the technical stuff. This is one fun show! The band is all made up in full costume, the stage is decorated, and the band plays flawlessly. Dee still belts it out, Eddie and Jay Jay are at the top of their game on guitar, but the strongpoint live is the rhythm section. Mark Mendoza really slaps that bass around and A.J. Pero is a monster on the skins. Best performance has to go to A.J. though, the drum sound just pounds and he really puts in serious energy.

The Xmas songs are just as good live as they are on the CD and there were a few surprises added to the set: ‘Shoot’em Down’ and ‘The Fire Still Burns’. Nothing pleases me more than to hear a deep track or two live, especially when bands like Twisted Sister can stand up there and just play the hits. Getting to hear ‘Shoot’em Down’ from UNDER THE BLADE (1982) and ‘The Fire Still Burns’ from COME OUT AND PLAY (1985) are an added bonus having never seen the band live myself. The Christmas song highlight of the set has to be ‘Heavy Metal Christmas’…..to hear a sellout crowd sing-a-long with the line “And a tattoo of Ozzy” is priceless. A quality show by a top quality band.

The bonus are features are simple and quick but they add to the package. You get both versions of the ‘Oh Come All Ye Faithful’ video, I like the original best. The studio performance of ‘Heavy Metal Christmas’ is very good, anytime you can hear the song is a treat, it’s hilarious! The interview with Gamestop is quick, as is the Mendoza’s Choir segment, but they are a nice add-on. 

Bottom Line:
A good concert by a great band and some quality bonus material to fatten the package. That’s a win-win situation especially considering the price, I’ve seen this at retail anywhere from $9.99 to $14.99 and that is a pretty good deal! Want some holiday cheer? Do it Twisted!

Ebay Madness – Stryper, Metallica, Pretty Wicked, Tempest, Warrior, & Twisted Sister

Stryper – The Yellow & Black Attack (Japanese import) CD sells for $899!

Stryper - The Yellow & Black Attack CD sells for $899.
I understand the need to have this CD for the diehard Stryper fan and for the serious collector: First, this is the original artwork. Second, the tracklisting is different. $899 is very steep and I hope the lone bidder enjoys the CD.

Metallica – …And Justice For All (1988) sealed longbox CD sells for $291.98!

Metallica - …And Justice For All (1988) longbox CD sells for 291.98
The sealed longbox CD craze is in high gear and people are paying very expensive prices. I understand the need to have this classic album in your collection but why sealed in a longbox? Aren’t you going to listen to it? If you have one already, do you need one sealed in a longbox for safekeeping? This nonsense makes me want to go out and look for these types of discs and start putting them to auction. Almost $300 for a CD that’s going for $10 used at the local record shop!

Pretty Wicked – s/t (1992) sells for 281.69!

Pretty Wicked - s/t (1992) sells for 281.69
This one is a repeat offender and it’s gone up in price! Last time I featured this CD, it went for $199.99 with BUY IT NOW. It’s up almost $82! I hope it’s good…..

Tempest – Hard Night CD goes for $185.50!

Tempest - Hard Night
I know nothing about Tempest and I didn’t find much online. I can vouch for the seller though, a major player in the collector’s circuit. I’d be interested in hearing this one, I like the cover art, and I would like to know what year this was released.

Warrior – Fighting For The Earth (1985) Japanese CD pressing ends at $152.50!

Warrior - Fighting For The Earth (1985) Japan import for $152.50
I have this! I paid a lot less but I have it! The seller is one that is also reputable and I have dealt with him in the past, always a good selection and good shipping to the U.S. There were 17 bids on this one, it’s a hard CD to find.

Twisted Sister – Stay Hungry CD for $150!

Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry (1984)
This is a joke right? $150 for a CD I can buy at any retailer? $150 for an album that is a used bin classic? Notice the seller on this one is new (Rating = 0) and the buyer had a negative rating (-1). Sounds fishy to me! Still, why would anyone list this CD for $150 and who would even bid on it at that price?

Twisted Sister – A Twisted Christmas (2006)

Twisted Sister - A Twisted Christmas

Twisted Sister – A Twisted Christmas (2006, Razor & Tie)

  1. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  2. Oh Come All Ye Faithful
  3. White Christmas
  4. I’ll Be Home For Christmas (featuring Lita Ford)
  5. Silver Bells
  6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  7. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
  8. Deck The Halls
  9. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
  10. Heavy Metal Christmas (The Twelve Days Of Christmas)
  11. We Wish You A Twisted Christmas (unlisted track)

Band Lineup:
Dee Snider – Vocals
Jay Jay French – Guitars
Eddie Ojeda – Guitars
Mark “The Animal” Mendoza – Bass
A.J. Pero – Drums/Percussion

Featured Musicians:
Lita Ford – Vocals and Guitar
Jim Gillette – Background Vocals
Brian Bunce – Trumpet

Total Time – 41:52

Twisted Sister official website
Twisted Sister on MySpace

If you go to Metal-Mixtape, you’ll read a post about this album. I added my comments on how this release was a sham, a sell-out, a disgrace and that I don’t think it’s the right move for Twisted Sister. Of course, I also mentioned that I would buy it if the price was right or I would get someone to buy it for me.

Last night, my wife and I stopped by the local record store and there it was for 10 bucks: A TWISTED CHRISTMAS. I refused to buy it, my Metal pride bursting through my Judas Priest tour shirt. So the wife did what I couldn’t bring myself to do…..she added it to our pile of plunder and took it to the register. At least I didn’t have to actually buy it myself but the clerk behind the counter (who I know well) did bust my chops for it.

This isn’t the most original project in the Music world, it seems that everyone puts out a Christmas album eventually (I’m sure Gene Simmons is pissed that TS beat him to the punch!). I will give TS some credit, they made it interesting for a couple of listens. Lita Ford guests on ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ and that got my attention, is this really Lita’s first new recording since 1994’s BLACK?

Basically, the band took some old Christmas standards, added musical nods to the likes of The Ramones, AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest, and made a new type of Christmas album. It’s easy to spot The Ramones in the opener and ‘Silver Bells’ gets the AC/DC treatment. What I found interesting was ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ done to the music of Twisted Sister’s big hit, ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’. Almost identical!

My two highlights on this album are “I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ with Lita and ‘Heavy Metal Christmas’. It was good to hear Lita again, I’d forgotten how much I really enjoyed her solo work. I thought the guys came up with a good rendition of ‘The Twelve Days Of Christmas’ adding some “Metal” to each day:

  • A tattoo Of Ozzy
  • 2 pairs of spandex pants
  • 3 studded belts
  • 4 quarts of Jack
  • 5 skullhead rings
  • 6 cans of hairspray
  • 7 leather jackets
  • 8 pentagrams
  • 9 tatterred t-shirts
  • 10 pairs of platforms
  • 11 black mascaras
  • 12 silver crosses

The band is touring this Fall to promote the album which, from what interviews I’ve read, is TS’s last. Seems that Dee wants to stop and “go out on top” but has left the door open to spot touring in the future. My biggest problem is that Twisted Sister is a good band that could have made a decent album of originals but they have gone with the “KISS-formula” of touring and releasing nothing new…..except this novelty record. I hope that this isn’t the actual end of Twisted Sister but, according to Dee, he doesn’t want to make a new album and he wants to focus on other projects.

As far as A TWISTED CHRISTMAS, well I guess this is the last gasp. It’s a novelty record that I will play a couple of times around the holidays but that’s it.

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UPDATE 12/12/06 
After repeated listens, and seeing the video for ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ in heavy VH1 Classic rotation, I am starting to get into this record. For a holiday album, it’s pretty damn good. I guess I was looking at it as I would a TS studio album and not the actual vision. It’s still only a play at the holidays.

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UPDATE 12/12/07
I have to say that my initial review is wrong. If I had to do it all over again, I would give this a highly positive review. I have given this album a listen regularly for the last year and I’ve come to love it. It’s an instant holiday classic and a staple for my Christmas season. I’m keeping the original review up but I hope eveyone reads the updates.