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Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take It (1984)

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  • 80's Score 80's score: 1.43
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“We’re Not Gonna Take It” is a song by the American band Twisted Sister from their album Stay Hungry. It ...

“We’re Not Gonna Take It” is a song by the American band Twisted Sister from their album Stay Hungry. It was first released as a single (with “You Can’t Stop Rock & Roll” as the B-side) on April 27, 1984. The Stay Hungry album was released two weeks later, on May 10, 1984. The single reached No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, making it Twisted Sister’s only Top 40 single. The song was ranked No. 47 on 100 Greatest 80’s Songs and No. 20 on VH1’s 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s. The single has been certificated gold in US since 1984, selling more than 500,000 copies.

“We’re Not Gonna Take It” was written by vocalist Dee Snider. As influences for the song, he cites the glam rock band Slade and the Christmas carol “O Come, All Ye Faithful”. The end of the song uses lines from character Douglas C. Niedermeyer in the film Animal House (e.g., “You’re all worthless and weak!”). Mark Metcalf, who played Niedermeyer, stars in the video.

Music video

The music video was directed by Marty Callner with an emphasis on slapstick comedy. The video begins with a disobedient son (played by Callner’s son, Dax) playing Twisted Sister songs in his bedroom while the rest of the family is eating dinner. The father, “Douglas C.” (played by Mark Metcalf as a character similar to his Douglas C. Niedermeyer from the 1978 film Animal House), goes to the boy’s room and scolds him for being interested only in his guitar and Twisted Sister. At the end of the speech, he screams “What do you want to do with your life?”, to which the son replies “I Wanna Rock!” He strums his guitar and the sound blasts the father out of a nearby window. The boy transforms into Dee Snider, and the music begins. Snider sings to the other children, who turn into the rest of the band, and they wreak havoc on the family. The father gets the worst of the band’s mischief, as he repeatedly tries and fails to get back at the band members.

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