I heard a few years ago that someone thought Christina Aguilera looked like Dee Snider from Twisted Sister in the Lady Marmelade video… Indeed we hadn’t seen that huge hair since the beloved Twisted Sister’ videos “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock”… Rock! TadataTA, tadataTA (singing the guitar riffs here)…
Unlike glam rock bands who put on more make up and hair gel in one day than I ever will in my entire life, and of course end up looking like idiots, the guys from Twisted Sister actually look like total scary badasses dressed up like that, even with the purple make up. How did they manage to do this? Maybe it’s a question of attitude.
These two videos were MTV classics. No wonder. They’re rock anthems, they’re utterly stupid, and they allow kids to yell out their frustration towards school, parents, and pretty much anything irritating. We’re NOT gonna take it anymore. Yeah, so… take that! But what’s cool about these videos is that they are still enormously enjoyable today.
Ok, highlights, highlights… As far as “I Wanna Rock” is concerned, I’d say definitely the part where the kids are banging their heads on their lockers to the beat. And also when the evil teacher is forced to body surf. I had forgotten about the part where he actually tries to throw a grenade (?!) and to blow up the stage with dynamite… Oh well, all in good fun! Don’t try that at home kids. In “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, there’s the part when the evil dad gets blown out of the window by his kid’s strumming of the guitar, and then his wife just throws a bucket of water in his face, out of nowhere (twice!!). Then he throws himself into the wall (which looks like it’s made of cardboard – funny). That actor, by the way, is quite dedicated. During the iconic “what are you gonna do with your life” speaches, his face looks like it’s about to blow.
I know, you can’t wait to see it now. Let’s watch.