Monday, January 16, 2012

Twisted Sister - "Leader of the Pack"

Leader of the Pack - Come Out and Play

(Debuted November 30, 1985, Peaked #53, 9 Weeks on the Chart)

In 1984, Twisted Sister was given a great opportunity when MTV placed the videos for two of their songs -- "We're Not Gonna Take it" and "I Wanna Rock" -- into heavy rotation. Both songs were silly hard-rock anthems and their videos had a sense of humor about teen angst and rebellion, which made them immensely popular. However, their image was seen as troubling among the critics in the PMRC and frontman Dee Snider was called to testify on Capitol Hill in 1985. His remarks there (included in video form on Snider's Wikipedia page) came as a surprise to those who didn't know him as an outspoken person.

Later in 1985, Twisted Sister released their followup LP Come Out and Play, which saw the group torn between their MTV fame and the allegiance of their old fans. They tried to appeal to both sides, and their remake of the 1963 Angels hit "Leader of the Pack" was one of the bones they threw to their long-time fans. The song had originally appeared on the group's 1982 EP Ruff Cuts but was included on the new LP as well. The video was another one that kept a sense of humor, but it failed to help the album sell.

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