MTV can be credited for the success of many bands, but it certainly should also be blamed for the continued existence of many other bands -- for instance, Twisted Sister. The music video network heavily aired Twisted Sister's humorous video "We're Not Going to Take It" a few years back, and this exposure gave the New York quintet a much longer life than musical merit alone ever would have.
But perhaps it is wearing thin. It was a sparse crowd that gathered last night at the Warner Theatre to witness the dopey lyrics, amateurish song structures and cinder-block-fisted guitar chops of Twisted Sister and the opening bands, TNT and Great White. With the exception of "You Can't Stop Rock and Roll," which had enough guttural thrust to clench fists and shake heads, songs like "I Believe in Rock and Roll" and "I'm So Hot for You" were as inane and repetitive as their titles suggest. Twisted Sister's raw image was totally out of sync with the melodic "Hot Love," an obvious attempt to break into the mainstream market.
The only thing that saves music this stunted is a sense of humor, an asset that Twisted Sister unfortunately can't project without the video medium. Although lead singer Dee Snider voluntarily projects a cartoonish figure and attitude, the songs remain the same and Twisted Sister's lack of musical proficiency loudly overwhelms the band's comic entertainment value.