Dee Snider Says Twisted Sister Was Turned Down Five Times By Their Record Company

Twisted Sister lead singer Dee Snider shared a post after one of his fans asked a question about the record companies on his official Twitter account. The singer stated that the band couldn’t find a record company to accept them and explained how they found a solution to this problem.

Evolving from a band named Silver Star, Twisted Sister went through several lineup changes until its classic members, Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda, Mark Mendoza, and A. J. Pero came together in the early 80s. They started to play in various clubs until they found a proper record company to produce their works and provide money for their expenses. However, it was a challenging process for the band members for a very long time.

As Snider revealed in his tweet that US’ Atlantic Records turned them down five times, so Twisted Sister members went to the UK to look for another one thanks to the advice of two reporters from Sounds and Kerrang! Magazines. The first label was Secret Records, and after their appearance on the music TV program The Tube, they drew significant attention from Atlantic Records’ UK representatives. In 1982, they were signed by the company.

Moreover, the Twisted Sister frontman detailed their early times searching for a record label to pursue professional careers as musicians in response to a fan’s question about the labels choosing processes. Snider stated that the company’s president in the U.S. always hated them and wished to see their failure even after their signing in the UK. Considering the band’s commercial success and international popularity worldwide for decades, that president never got what he wanted.

Here’s what the fan asked:

“I often wondered why the label chose to release certain songs over others.”

Snider’s tweet read:

“There’s more to it than just that. The president of Atlantic Records in the US turned down Twisted Sister five times. We went to England and got signed by the European head of Atlantic. The US record company president hated us. He never wanted us to succeed.”

You can check out the tweets below.