Twisted Sister - 25th Anniversary Edition Release Details

Rhino Records press release

After rocking clubs from Los Angeles to New York City for more than a decade, Twisted Sister made its bones in 1984 with the quintet's second Atlantic Records release, a Top 20 album that stormed the charts with a string of hit singles and genre-bending videos. Rhino proudly wears a Twisted Sister pin on its uniform, celebrating the album's multi-platinum success with a 25th Anniversary Edition that includes a bonus disc of unreleased outtakes and early demos from the original sessions, as well as a new track recorded especially for this collection by the 1984 lineup: Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda, Mark Mendoza, and A.J. Pero. "Stay Hungry" 25th Anniversary Edition will be available June 30 from Rhino Records.

The first disc contains remastered versions of the nine tracks from the May 1984 original. The album was a smash thanks to a pair of fist-pumping anthems of youthful rebellion "I Wanna Rock" and "We're Not Gonna Take It" that went Top 40. The band balanced those catchy songs with the harder edge of metal classics like "Burn In Hell" and "Horror-Teria," a macabre song that would later serve as the inspiration for Strangeland, a 1998 horror film written by Snider, who also starred as the sadistic Captain Howdy.

The bonus disc uncovers 15 unreleased recordings that range from alternate versions of album tracks--including "We're Not Gonna Take It"--to several non-album tracks such as "Death From Above," "Prime Motivator," and "Pay The Price," a song from the band's earlier club days. Along with the vintage tracks, the collection includes "30," Twisted's first new song in 11 years recorded by the band for the 25th Anniversary Edition.

"30" was originally written by Dee Snider with Marc Beeman and Sharon Lawson for the reality series Gone Country. Dee says, "While '30' was my attempt at a country song for the show, the realization was that rock 'n' roll is a direct outgrowth of country music. Since '30' was written about my Twisted Sister experience, it seemed only natural for us to record it and rock it out."

More than a decade after Twisted Sister's last show, the band reformed in 2001 for a benefit and continued playing together, including an astonishing run of over 50 headline festival dates performing in front of two million people in over 23 countries. In 2006, the band returned to the charts with Twisted Christmas, a holiday album that buzzsaws through yuletide classics such as, "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" and "Silver Bells." That same year, the Long Island Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Twisted Sister. The band is currently at work on a new album and a Broadway musical based on Twisted Christmas. Twisted Sister will headline the annual Rocklahoma music festival July 9-12 in Pryor, Oklahoma. Rock of Ages, Broadway's latest musical hit with five Tony® nominations, features Twisted Sister prominently in its story line and with the band's aforementioned iconic anthems, "I Wanna Rock" and "We're Not Gonna Take It."

Were you there? Be sure to check out Twisted Sister's 1978 debut tour and more at and

"Stay Hungry" [cover artwork] 25th Anniversary Edition Track Listing:

[Disc 1]
01. Stay Hungry
02. We're Not Gonna Take It
03. Burn In Hell
04. Horror-Teria (The Beginning)
a. Captain Howdy
b. Street Justice
05. I Wanna Rock
06. The Price
07. Don't Let Me Down
08. The Beast
09. S.M.F.

[Disc 2]
01. Death From Above
02. Prime Motivator
03. We're Not Gonna Take It [Early Demo version]
04. Death Run
05. This One's For You
06. S.M.F. [Early Demo version]
07. We're Coming On
08. Call My Name
09. Burn In Hell [Early Demo version]
10. Pay The Price
11. What's Love Without You
12. Our Voice Will Be Heard
13. You Got To Fight
14. The Price [Early Demo version]
15. Stay Hungry [Early Demo version]
16. Radio Spot
17. 30 ­[New Track]

Twisted Sister tour dates:

May 30 - The M3 Rock Festival @ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD
June 4 - Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg Sweden
June 26 - Metalway Festival, Zaragoza Spain
July 10 - Midnattsrocken Lakselv, Norway
July 12 - Rocklahoma, Pryor OK
July 18 - Three Rivers Festival, Fort Wayne IN
Aug 22 - Rock Gone Wild, Algona IA
Sept 12 - Memorial Hall, Plymouth, MA

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Posted: 27.05.2009 by Thryce


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27.05.2009 - 14:32
Baz Anderson
This album has been released so so many times, I'm sure they could do something else for their anniversary. I just hope they'll come around to England again some time soon.
27.05.2009 - 16:16
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
They should do a special edition of Under The Blade instead, that one is still musically by far their best. Okay it didn't contain any hit singles, so what?
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27.05.2009 - 16:46
They also could consider writing something new (and decent), as to earn their money without screwing their fans again.
27.05.2009 - 18:54
Jason W.
@Baz, I'm trying to figure out when it was released before in 24-bit remastered form As far as I've seen I've only seen the same mediocrely mastered version I've seen since back when I was a kid. I've never had the CD, just the cassette (and of course some mp3s now), and pre-ordered it already a few weeks ago for a nice $11 price.

@Marcel, if this issue is as good as it seems it will be, I'm fully with you on the Under The Blade album being redone equally this way. Stay Hungry is great but it's not always my choice for TS listening
"After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." - Aldous Huxley
27.05.2009 - 20:04
Jonnz of Steel
I thought the point of releasing Still Hungry was because they didn't like Stay Hungry's production, but now they're rereleasing it?
27.05.2009 - 22:07
Love the tour - did they throw darts at a globe to determine where to play?

just finally bought the album last year.. shame, should have waited another trip around the Sun.
get the fuck off my lawn.
30.05.2009 - 00:09
Black Conundrum
I'm not a huge fan of the album cover.


...genre-bending videos.

AT first glance, I thought that said "gender-bending videos" hahaha. That wouldn't be an inaccurate way to describe the band, either.

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