Dee Snider Names The Led Zeppelin Song That Made Him Think ‘F–k Crosby, Stills, And Nash’


Twisted Sister lead singer Dee Snider revealed that he was inspired by one of Led Zeppelin‘s songs that he decided to stop listening to CSNY. Also, he named an Alice Cooper song which had a great influence on him as a metal vocalist during his recent interview with Louder Sound.

Led Zeppelin released its self-titled debut studio album on January 12, 1969. Robert Plant was on the lead vocal, Jimmy Page was on the electric, acoustic, and pedal steel guitars, John Paul Jones played bass, and John Bonham was on the drums. It became very popular and even reached the Top 10 on the charts of different countries.

‘Communication Breakdown,’ which was one of the most popular songs of the album, was also considered as a ‘genre-defining classic’ by Dee Snider. He recalled thinking that he should stop being a fan of CSNY when he first listened to the Led Zeppelin song. According to Snider, Led Zeppelin taught everyone how to produce a perfect rock song with their unique way of writing, composing, and performing.

Moreover, Dee Snider unveiled that he felt that Alice Cooper was talking to him when he listened to the band’s song entitled ‘I’m Fifteen’ for the first time. Also, he stated that he took Alice Cooper’s aggressive tone as an example while creating his own style of singing as a metal vocalist. As a result, Led Zeppelin’s ‘Communication Breakdown’ and Alice Cooper’s ‘I’m Fifteen’ had a great influence on the musical journey of Twisted Sister’s frontman.

Snider said in his interview that:

“Another ‘What the fuck?’ moment, another game-changing, genre-defining classic. When I heard this it was like, this is what I’m about, fuck Crosby, Stills and Nash, this is it! In terms of groove and tonality and atmospherics and musicality and range, Zeppelin showed everyone how it was done. This came out before Woodstock, obviously, but it was one of those songs which signaled the arrival of a new era.

Alice Cooper was trying to be a psychedelic rock band, but they were terrible at it, and they ended up creating something much more unique. I’m a teenager, trying to find myself, and here’s Alice screaming, ‘I’m a boy and I’m a man’ and ‘I’m 18, and I don’t know what I want’ and he’s speaking directly to me.

He wasn’t being poetic or philosophical, he was raw and in-your-face, and I got it, instantly. A significant part of my own vocal style came from hearing Alice and trying to capture that aggression.

You can listen to the songs below.