Full review: We are twisted f***ing sister!
Sometimes when you are looking at a particular muse from the outside, such as the hard rock and metal music genres, you forget how much work and effort goes into those artistic endeavors, even if its something that portrays freedom, rebellion and not following the crowd the way rock 'n roll does.
If there is one thing the documentary This is Fucking Twisted Sister bleeds, it is the sense that even when you just 'wanna rock,' there is still an enormous amount of work, determination and an ability to outshine your competition that goes into the equation.
This is not a story of world domination and the perils of excess that come with it in the music world, this is the story of an energetic bar band who took their live show to the very apex of live performances and the trials and tribulations it took to actually get Twisted Sister a record deal, especially while wearing make up.
You won't hear about the hits, the way MTV made them an staple of their early video line up and you won't hear the tragic tale of how so many correct creative ingredients can go sour if tainted by heavy seasonings of money and fame.
What you will hear about is a drinking contest held on stage that went on till someone puked, giving disco the middle finger and a general sense of the drama that happens when individuals get together to form something greater then its individual parts.
One thing I came away from this was with was a sense of just how hard working Twisted Sister was and how that hard work made them an excellent live band. Much like when The Beatles played strip clubs in Hamburg, Germany more then a decade before Twisted Sister was formed, they honed their craft the old fashioned way.
Something kind of forgotten about to a degree today between the internet age and the slow but sure death of proper live performances, lip synching and auto tune be damned.
The story links so many musicals names and genres it could be a road map to the crossroads heavy rock as undergoing in the late seventies and early eighties. From the New York Dolls to an appearance via archive footage from Lemmy Kilmister as he gives Twisted Sister a little help when they try and conquer Britain towards the end of the film (made even more poignant by Lemmy's recent passing).
Another great aspect is the interviews with the fans that were there back in Twisted Sister's early days, ranging from the one who gave Dee Snider tips on make up and fashion to the man who got some of Twisted Sister's early self produced singles into the hands of the British rock press.
I don't really want to give too much more away because This is Fucking Twisted Sister deserves to be seen, it coverage of the early days of a band as well the New York music scene of that era are superb.
Searching for a fault I can only say that if you plan on watching this make sure you have a little over two hours to kill as it is pretty long, but it covers so much time and packs in so many stories you can easily forgive the documentary for this slight trespass.
At the end of the day I would recommend This is Fucking Twisted Sister to both fans of the band itself as well as those people that really enjoy a good rockumentry. It is a bit overlong but all in all you want to see this one as soon as you can get your hands on it.